The building blocks of great songs:
- the purpose of a chorus is to feature the song hook.
- the purpose is to deliver vital information, of content and of context
- The purpose is to refresh your interest in the chorus - refresh the interest in the main idea of the song.
- The use of contrast refreshes the main idea.
- The bridge introduces change and musical contrast.
- The bridge is the same idea from a different perspective, think flipping a coin and looking at the underside.
- The bridge introduces lyrical contrast. Dano uses “Here I Am to Worship” as an example.
3 tools for building a great song around a great hook:
Paired/split repetition - Example of a formula = R,R,C,C
Our brains love repetition
Dano uses “How Great Is Our God” and “Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord” to illustrate.
Alternating lines of repetition e.g. = R,C,R,C
Dano uses “10,000 Reasons” to illustrate
The average number one song has 8 great lines and the rest is repetition
- Triple Repetition
- Not always lyrical, sometime melodic - e.g. Oceans
Anytime you don’t see lyrical repetition, you can guarantee it’s there melodically e.g. “Shout to the Lord”
- Every Line Repetition - e.g. “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever”
- First and Last Line Repetition - e.g. “Our God is an Awesome God”
- Don’t try to be different - you ruin your authenticity. Your authentic voice comes from your influences, plus your innovation. Sometimes trying to be profound or different can ruin your creativity.
- Key word list e.g. “Our God” same key words repeated to focus the song lyrically.
- It starts with a repeated word or phrase and then compliments it
- Unique list - 3–4 unique ideas that are all serving the same focus. e.g. “One Thing Remains”, and “Oceans”
- Contrast for building Verse sections