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This review is from: Writing Better Lyrics (Hardcover)
Even looking at the pages of the book that are posted here doesn't give you any idea of how wonderful this book is.
Pat doesn't spend a lot of time on teaching you how to "brainstorm" (3 of 19 chapters) but what he does of it is solid suggestions that you can follow step by step.
Then he gets into the nuts and bolts of writing, using made-up and real songs and a combination of both, to show you step by step (and verse by verse) how to build (and not to build) a song.
Nowhere along the way does he assume you know the basics, nor does he talk down to you to explain them.
He clearly explains how each verse should build on the previous vers, where the "power points" of a song are, and how to make more of them.
Then he shows you how point of view of a song can make it great or terrible and when to break the general "rules".
Even when he gets into meter (which as a non-songwriter I've always thought of in terms of poems) he explains how because of the nursery songs we grew up with we expect certain things and when to put them into a song and when not to.
Then he puts all this together as a teaching tool.
As if this wasn't enough, he shows how he built a song through 10 revisions and why those were the revisions he chose.
I'm getting his other two books!!