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Melodic Rhythm and Lyric Rhythm
Pat talks about the relationship between lyric rhythm and melodic rhythm: "I can't find you now. You're hiding in a big rain cloud."
Stressed Notes as Spotlights
Pat talks about the importance of keeping smaller grammatical functions in the background, and making sure the right words are lighted by the melodic rhythm.
Preserving the Natural Shape of the Language
Pat talks about the benefits of preserving the natural shape of the language for the performer's emotional connection to the song.
Melodic Phrases and Lyric Phrases
Pat talks about the relationship between lyric phrases and melodic phrases: another aspect of preserving the natural shape of the language.