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Learn the art, craft & business of songwriting from hit songwriter, Brent Baxter!

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Is Your Song Telling Too Much?

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on November 15, 2017

Are you telling TOO MUCH of your story in your song?

Is it really important that you and your love had a fight over whether to go for tacos or pizza for dinner (and you wanted tacos because it was Cinco de Mayo and they wanted pizza because it was a new restaurant out of Chicago with a lot of buzz)? And does it matter that you were already annoyed because your sweetie pie had been on the phone ALL DAY checking sports scores or sale prices instead of paying attention to you? And that it had been building up for days 'cuz your maybe-future-mother-in-law had been in town and kept quietly taking shots at you and your love handles and your honey bunch didn't stand up for you?

Yes, a certain amount of details (especially in country music) are important. But don't let the facts get in the way of the emotional truth. Don't let the little details distract the listener from the important stuff. Sometimes it doesn't matter WHY you got into a fight. Sometimes all the matters if that you got into a stupid fight, and now you want to make up. You can still paint the picture of the current state of your love life without having to paint all the events that led up to that.

Sometimes all that extra, unnecessary stuff shows up in the first verse, and it can all be cut out. This makes your 2nd verse a jump-right-into-the-heart-of-the-story awesome 1st verse. Try it out. See if some of your songs are telling too much. Then get ruthless with the eraser or delete key. You'll be glad you did.

Keep writing and God bless,


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