Writing Better Lyrics is a terrific tool book of techniques that will help bring a writer to the peak of his potential, while maintaining his style and identity. Chapter by chapter there are examples and exercises -- from creating metaphors to finding uncommon rhymes to diving deep into the senses for lyrical gems that enable the writer to produce words that speak for him in his most creative individual style. And, it will be in a way that spotlights the most important words and phrases, positioning them so they are easily sung by the artist and understood by the listener. Just what we're looking for in a book about writing better lyrics.
-Beverly Houston, Dallas Songwriters Newsletter
I'm twelve pages into your book, Writing Better Lyrics, and the word pepper from exercise 3 sent me over the edge with tears! Who knew that would happen from ten minutes of writing?! Twelve pages and I'm already a better writer. Absolutely amazing. Love every second of this. I hope some day I'm fortunate enough to learn from you at Berklee.
Writing Better Lyrics is a thought-expanding, creativity-enhancing book which takes you from diving to diatonic word constructs to building individualized worksheets that will help break you free from your typical rhymes.
And that's just the beginning. If you read this book through you'll learn about such topics as verse-development, repetition, meter, balance, point of view and other useful songwriting tools. If you want to call yourself a songwriter, you'd better check this book out.
-Songwriter's Monthly, March 1997