How To | How to Write a Song: Tips to Generate Imagery for Lyrics

I'm going to talk about how to
use imagery in our songwriting.
Imagery is when we engage
the listener in the song

through the use of pictures,
showing the listener,

instead of just telling them all
about the song idea or the concept.

A lot of songwriting uses imagery.

In some songs, it's more
obvious than in other songs.

Country music, for example.

It's often very easy to
see the imagery at work,

because the listener is
engaged in the scene.

We know where, and when, and
to whom the song is happening.

But in other types of music,
it's harder to see the imagery.

So I'm going to talk
about how we can use

more imagery in whatever
style of songs we write,

whether it's rock, or
pop, or jazz, reggae--

and see how imagery creates a
stronger experience for the listener,

engages them, and makes the
song altogether more memorable.

So let's define first what
imagery is and when we use it

in daily life, because
song lyrics really

should be an expression of our
own feelings, our own thoughts,

and with realistic language,
language that we use every day.

So when we use imagery
in our songs, let's think

about how we use imagery in everyday
life so we can apply the same idea.

A good story needs small detail.

A small moment is when we engage the
listener with a specific point in time

and the situation that's
going on in that time.

In order to do that, I
like to think about a song,

or at least the first verse of the song,
like a conversation with the listener.

If you think about a conversation that
you might have with a good friend--

not just an acquaintance where
you say, hey, how's it going?

They say, I'm fine.

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