Wednesday, February 17, 2010

5♣ Headline news

5♣ Five of Clubs in The Rock Songwriter’s Deck: 52 Ways to Write a Song

The Five of Clubs reminds of a tried-and-true songwriting method that dates from the Tin Pan Alley days (or perhaps even earlier).

Write a song based on today's top news headline. Find a way to tie the news story to a universal idea or theme, and turn that into your hook.

If it's a story about interpersonal confict, you might want to fictionalize the story and change the names of the characters or companies so you can make up your own dramatic details without worrying about slandering some real person.

You always want your songs to interest people, and the top headlines are a good reflection of what people are interested in right now.

The Five of Clubs' method might give you hit-and-miss results, but don't worry if you try it today and the song doesn't quite hit the mark. The great thing about the news is that it's constantly changing; there's always something new. Check back tomorrow, and there will be a whole new set of headlines.

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