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Roles in the Life of a Song

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"Songcrafters' Coloring Book: The Essential Guide to Effective and Successful Songwriting" by Bill Pere
30 years in the making -- Definitely worth the wait !

Songcrafters Coloring Book began as a collection of published articles by Bill Pere, who was named by Music Connection Magazine as one of the Top 50 "Innovators, Iconoclasts, Groundbreakers and Guiding Lights of the Music Industry" in 2009.   Bill is a  multi-national award- winning songwriter, IMC Indie Artist of the Year,  Official Connecticut State Troubadour, and President of the Connecticut Songwriters Association. This information on songwriting techniques and music business insight has been helping aspiring songwriters for more than three decades. .  Some of the original articles are presented below.  The entire book  "Songcrafters' Coloring Book: The Essential Guide to Effective and Successful Songwriting"  contains all new and expanded material, and a totally new approach to understanding the process of songwriting that gives you unprecedented control over your creative output.  

 (All material is Copyright 1980-2017 Bill Pere. All rights reserved.  Contact Bill for permission to reprint.  May be used academically with proper attribution. May NOT be re-posted on the web.  The information presented here is accessed and used educationally around the world.  Please provide proper credit and respect the copyrights.  )

This copyrighted material is for the personal educational use of songwriters, artists and educators, and may NOT be reproduced, posted on the web, forwarded,  or otherwise disseminated without permission.  Academic use is permitted with proper attribution.  The complete "Songcrafters' Coloring Book", with lots of additional material is available in book form here.    To work with Bill in person, or by mail or e-mail, Check out the Connecticut Songwriting Academy

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Anatomy of a Song -- It all starts here, with Creation to Realization to Proliferation.  This is the road map that ties together all the pieces of songcrafting, and shows their relation to the creative and business sides of the process.  (the most up-to-date version can be found in the book)
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The Concrete Abstract Balancing Act -- The How's and Why's of  balancing concrete and abstract lyrics.    Add  IMPACT to your songs!   (expanded information can be found in Chapter 5  of  "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
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Expression vs. Communication -- The most fundamental concept in all of songwriting.  Learn why songs succeed or fail in hitting their target.  (expanded information can be found in  Chapter 9 of  "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
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The Geometry of Songwriting: Writing in 4 Dimensions --  Most songs limit themselves to one or two dimensional writing.  But we live in a 4-dimensional world.  Bring your songs into Hi-Def when you tap into the most overlooked of the four dimensions.   (expanded information can be found in several sections
of "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
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The Five Currencies of the Music Business --  To move forward along your chosen path, you encounter toll booths along the way, but different toll booths require different currency, and if you don't know what these are, your forward progress hits a roadblock.  (expanded information can be found in several chapters of "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
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Focusing a Song --  The key to making your songs hit home with the impact of a laser beam.  Learn how to avoid diluting the power of your songs.  (expanded information can be found in Chapter 13 of "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
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Lists and Twists -- Some basic concepts about song structure when using list vs. story lyrics  (expanded information can be found in Chapter 9 of "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
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MBTI and Collaboration - This article, published in the international Songwriters Market book, has been considered grounbreaking in its approach to one of the most important keys to success in the craft and business of music.
(expanded information can be found in Chapter 23 of "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
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MBTI and Critique - This article takes the mystique out of critique. Objective feedback is an absolute necessity if you want to make your songs be the best they can be.   Here's how to make it work for you.  (expanded information can be found in Chapter 24 of  "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
Document The Three Levels of  Critique - This article looks at different types of critique and helps you decide what type of input you might find most useful at a given point in the life of each song.  (expanded information can be found in Chapter 24  of "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
Document The  Four Faders of Success - Knowing how these four simple things are connected, how they are not connected, and how you can control them will open new horizons for your songs.  (expanded information can be found in Chapter 4  of   "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
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MBTI and Lyrics -- Do your lyrics project the personality you mean them to have?  Will they affect people the way you want them to?   Here's how to tell.  (expanded information can be found in Chapter 23 of "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
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MBTI in the Music Business -- Wouldn't it be great if you knew how collaborators. producers, managers,  lawyers,  and artists would prefer to be approached and how they might prefer to work with people?   Here is some insight.
 (expanded information can be found in Chapter 6 o"Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
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Hit the Bullseye and Avoid the Bull -- Practical techniques for targeting your songs and achieving the specificity you want.  (expanded information can be found in Chapter 10 of  "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
Document Interpreting Interpretation --   (see also Expression vs. Communication,  and The Meaning of Meaning).  You often hear songwriters say  "I want to leave my songs open to interpretation! " They are usually mis-speaking.   Here is what that really means, and how to effectively deal with this complex topic.   (expanded information can be found in Chapter 8 of  "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
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The Meaning of Meaning (Part 1) -- If you want your audience to understand you and your message,  start here.    (see also Expression vs. Communication).
 (expanded information can be found in Chapter 8 of  "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
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The Meaning of Meaning (Part 2) -- When is ambiguity a good thing and when is it not?  Who is in charge of what you mean -- you or your listeners ?   (expanded information can be found in Chapter 15  of  ""Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
Document Strategies for the Digital Age --You can easily put your music on the Internet, but how you you lead people to it ?  What new things do you have to consider in a digital world ?  Find out here.  (expanded information can be found in Chapter 27  of  "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
Document Branding Your Songs to Capture Attention -- What simple things can you do to make your song stand out uniquely from the competition?  (expanded information can be found in several chapters of  "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
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Metrics and Accents -- One of the most important parts of a well crafted song is having all the word and music accents properly aligned.   Here's what to look for.  (expanded information can be found in Chapter 18  of the book)
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Metrics and White Space -- White Space: The Final Frontier.  So important but so overlooked is the empty space between words and syllables.   Here's  the scoop.  (expanded information can be found in Chapter 19 of  "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
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Oronyms -- Kiss the sky or Kiss this guy?   The stuff he knows blows me away -- or the stuffy nose blows me away?  Here's what to watch out  for.  (expanded information can be found in  Chapter 19 of  "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
Document Plaster, Mortar and Cement -- Give your songs a solid foundation with concrete references. Here are some tips and examples.  (expanded information can be found in  Chapter 11 of  "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
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Rhyme Mapping -- How to use rhyme to give your song  solid structure and make it come alive with sonic activity.   (expanded information  and visual song maps  can be found in Chapter 22 of  "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )    For visual song map example, see here...
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Rhythm and the Theory of Relativity -- What is the difference between 3/4 and 6/8 ?  What is 'swing'?  How does music rhythm affect lyric cadence?  Why does any of it matter?  Find out here.   (expanded information can be found in  Chapter 20  of   "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
Document The Geometry of Songwriting - The 4 Dimensions of Songs and the Importance of Time -- "Time management" is a phrase you hear used all the time as a core principle for good business practice. It is also a core principle for maximizing the impact of your songs, but with an entirely different meaning.  Discover how handling time in a song can make the difference between "okay" and "Great!"  (as presented in Bill's workshops and classes, and discussed in the upcoming "Songctrafters' Alphabet Book"
Document Bah!  Drumbug!  -- Percussion tracks often create difficulty for songwriters producing their own music.   Here are some of the things to think about in programming a drum track.  (Also see the "Rhythm and the Theory of Relativity")  (expanded information can be found in Chapter 20 of  "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
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Semantic Fields --  Funny name, important concept.  This is what keeps songs focused and on target instead of becoming diffuse and diluted.  In a song about apples, don't mention oranges. In a song about fruit, don't mention celery. Good examples in this article.  (expanded information can be found in Chapter 14 of  "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
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Sonic Activity --  Make your songs Radio-Active!  Songs come alive and really "stick" when the meaning of a lyric is enhanced by ping-points, created  by the five primary tools of sonic activity.  Learn here what they are.   (expanded information can be found in Chapter 15 of  "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
Document Adding Sparkle to Your Song: Why Does He Have to Live in Detroit? --  Taking the concept of Sonic Activity even further -- lots of examples and a Level 3 Analysis of a classic hit song!  (expanded information can be found in Section II-B of  "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
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Sale: The Seven C's -- These seven essential elements will help you find a smooth path from creation to realization to proliferation as you draft it, craft it, pitch it, and sell it.     (expanded information can be found in  the Appendix of  "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
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Writing in the Key of "W"  --   Who, What When Where Why and hoW ;   Six aspects of a lyric that make the difference between a hit and a miss.  (expanded information can be found in Chapter 16 of  "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
Document Writing A Bridge  --   I'm often asked when a song does or does not need a bridge, and what the best ways are to write one.  Writing a bridge should not take a toll. Here are some tips. .  (expanded information can be found in  "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
Document Little Boxes: The Flow of Information in a Song  --    The most effective songs are the ones that are able to keep information flowing steadily and in a way that is easy to follow.  Many writers have difficulty writing a second verse that continues what the first verse has started -- they often end up just repeating what was already said.  Here are some techniques to help the flow.    (expanded information can be found in  "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
Document When Did You Know It?  --    Communication between people is propelled forward through a flow of information whether you are telling a story, giving instruction, recounting your trip abroad,  describing your aches and pains, or presenting a song,  the listener stays engaged only as long as information is flowing in. As soon as this inflow ceases, the listener's attention goes elsewhere.  Here are the things you need to know.  (expanded information can be found in Chapter 16 of "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
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Stress and White Space  -- More about the importance of the empty space between the words and how they affect the overall  impact of your song. (Also see the articles on Metrics)   (expanded information can be found in  Chapter 19 of   "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
Document The Role of Associations in Art, Craft, and Business -- Some organizations emphasize art, some focus on craft, and some on business.  What's the difference and which is right for you ?
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Song Parameters  -- What's a parameter and what does it have to do with songwriting?   Everything !  Here's why.  (expanded information can be found in
Chapter 2  of "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
Document Role Call: You Are Bartholomew Cubbins  -- With the ascendance of the Indie Music scene,  artists can now be in control of all aspects of their activities, but to do so requires wearing many hats - Here's how to keep track of them.  (expanded information can be found in Chapter 3 of  "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
Document A Study in Spontaneous Sonic Activity Generation  --    Sonic activity, ping-points, and semantic pivots are key elements in creating effective lyrics.   With exercise, you can develop your ability to write this way without having to consciously think about it.  Here's an example.  (expanded information can be found in Chapter 21  of "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
Document Music Theory --  Sail the C-Seven: Chord Naming -- There is often confusion about what chord names mean and how to name a particular chord.  Here's how to understand what the names tell you, and how to avoid a common chord-naming mistake.  (additional  information can be found in Chapter 26  of "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
Document Nothing Fishy About Scales -- What do you really need to know about scales and modes, and why do they matter (or not) ?  How can scales help you write more interesting songs?  (additional  information can be found in Chapter 26  of  "Songcrafters' Coloring Book" )
Document Blurred Lines Copyright Verdict - Not So Blurry -- The7.3 million dollar copyright infringement is simply wrong.  The judge and jury got the essentials of copyright law wrong.  You need to know this. See why here  (additional  information can be found in the upcoming "Songcrafters Alphabet Book"
Document Untangling the Maze of Music Conferences -- Is it the right event for you?  Will it help you meet your goals?  How can you make the most of the time you spend there?  Here are some guidelines. .  (additional  information at Bill's workshop presentations and the upcoming "Songxrafters' Alphabet Book" )
Document Creation to Congratulation: The Road to a Grammy -- In February 2012, it was announced that Bill had a song on a Grammy winning album.  How does a song get from an initial idea to being on a Grammy-winning album?  And why did it take seventeen years?
(a real life case study of all the principles presented in Songcrafters' Coloring Book and in Bill's workshops).
Document If You Find This Material Useful, View the complete Table of Contents for "Songcrafters' Coloring Book: The Essential Guide to Effective and Successful Songwriting" by Bill Pere.   The book greatly expands and updates this material  with even more techniques and tools for helping make the best choices for your goals.  A good book challenges the way you think.  A great book changes the way you think!  You can order your copy here.
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 "Songcrafters' Coloring Book: The Essential Guide to Effective and Successful Songwriting" by Bill Pere

NOW AVAILABLE: Order Here

--> View the Table of Contents
--> View the Introduction

--> Sample charts and diagrams:
 
   -- Anatomy of a Song
    -- 
Song Map Sample
    --
Level 3 Critique Sample
    --
Listener Response Matrix
    --
The Fundamental Choice
    --
Roles in the Life of a Song

    -- Recommended Reading List
    -- Asch-VonRestorff Effects
    -- more....

30 years in the making -- Definitely worth the wait !  

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