Monthly Songwriting Tips from SongRegistration.com (And A Special Salute to Keith Richards)

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1. Imagery and context are usually better for communicating an emotion than simply stating it.
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2. Many think outros are easy because you can just repeat the chorus and fade. Instead, make the last lines epic by throwing a curveball to the listener.
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3. “Catchiness” is much more than just music and melody; Just as often it’s about rhythm and rhyming.
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4. Clarity is key. Your listeners may miss a word, or line, or three. So don’t rely on one small phrasing to put an entire song in context.
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5. Always document your copyrights by professionally registering your songs! With SongRegistration.com, it’s cheap, quick, and easy (and used by composers worldwide).
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Time for a little Keith Richards –
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1. Sympathy for the Devil, Paint It Black, Wild Horses, Gimme Shelter, Satisfaction… His massive publishing catalogue (with partner Jagger) goes on and on – earning enough royalties to easily support an army of composers over several thousand lifetimes (not to mention the joint band compositions he co-wrote as “Nanker/Phelge”).
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2. His original inspiration growing up in England: 1950’s American music. Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, other blues and country singers. And of course Elvis.
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3. There are NO electric guitars in Street Fighting Man. That electrified sound is Keith overloading his acoustic into the cheap cassette recorder he always had with him. Then duplicating and reverbing it over and over.
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4. He considers himself a better bassist than guitar player.
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5. “Sympathy” was originally written to be a much slower “lament.” But on recording day he and the boys started playing with it and the rest is history. It quickly evolved into its now-famous up-tempo beat, becoming one of the most instantly-recognizable songs in the universe.
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