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This was a good time, probably. MTX / Hi-Fives / Flipsides -- mid-90s. #music #history #minds

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A beginner's guide to writing metaphor into lyrics: here's another one of those articles included in that semi-regular spammy BMI email newsletter. I expect these to be funny/stupid/silly and worthy of ironic reference, and they often are. But surprisingly often as well, they contain good advice, and this is one of those. https://flypaper.soundfly.com/write/a-beginners-guide-to-writing-metaphor-into-lyrics/ I don't care all that much for the song (new to me) used as an example here, but it is an example of how you can make an extended metaphor work, and of why it is way better to make it work than not. Had this song not stuck to its conceit consistently it's doubtful you'd remember it five minutes later (though you might remember the singer's hair.) And the "method" described (focusing on your conceit, thinking of all the different ways the metaphorical comparison can be borne out, and "shaping" it into a coherent "argument" with at least a hint of narrative direction) is indeed a good way to do it. The only criticism I have from my own experience is that this article frames the task as though you're taking an existing song and cramming the extended metaphor into it. That's destined to fail. You need to build the song around a clear conceit from the ground up, and ideally there shouldn't be anything extraneous and unrelated (unless that unrelatedness serves an allusive purpose, which can be the case.) Oh, one further quibble, on this: 'Firstly, it’s important to make sure the metaphor makes sense in the way you’re intending. If for example, you’re trying to say that your partner can be “hard to manage” sometimes but “they’re worth it,” you might not want to use words that convey an absolute negative, like “trash.”' Yes, you *might* not want to do that. On the other hand, you might well want to do that. Sounds like a pretty good idea to me, actually. #music #songs #songwriting #minds
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Noted on twitter (because the guy who posted it mentioned our own song "Danny Partridge"): On this day, September 25th, in 1970: “The Partridge Family” premiered on ABC AT 8:30PM EST. https://twitter.com/joeyx666/status/1176820289130422272?s=20 #music #tattoos #partridge-family #minds

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More from Dr Frank

This was a good time, probably. MTX / Hi-Fives / Flipsides -- mid-90s. #music #history #minds

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A beginner's guide to writing metaphor into lyrics: here's another one of those articles included in that semi-regular spammy BMI email newsletter. I expect these to be funny/stupid/silly and worthy of ironic reference, and they often are. But surprisingly often as well, they contain good advice, and this is one of those. https://flypaper.soundfly.com/write/a-beginners-guide-to-writing-metaphor-into-lyrics/ I don't care all that much for the song (new to me) used as an example here, but it is an example of how you can make an extended metaphor work, and of why it is way better to make it work than not. Had this song not stuck to its conceit consistently it's doubtful you'd remember it five minutes later (though you might remember the singer's hair.) And the "method" described (focusing on your conceit, thinking of all the different ways the metaphorical comparison can be borne out, and "shaping" it into a coherent "argument" with at least a hint of narrative direction) is indeed a good way to do it. The only criticism I have from my own experience is that this article frames the task as though you're taking an existing song and cramming the extended metaphor into it. That's destined to fail. You need to build the song around a clear conceit from the ground up, and ideally there shouldn't be anything extraneous and unrelated (unless that unrelatedness serves an allusive purpose, which can be the case.) Oh, one further quibble, on this: 'Firstly, it’s important to make sure the metaphor makes sense in the way you’re intending. If for example, you’re trying to say that your partner can be “hard to manage” sometimes but “they’re worth it,” you might not want to use words that convey an absolute negative, like “trash.”' Yes, you *might* not want to do that. On the other hand, you might well want to do that. Sounds like a pretty good idea to me, actually. #music #songs #songwriting #minds
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Noted on twitter (because the guy who posted it mentioned our own song "Danny Partridge"): On this day, September 25th, in 1970: “The Partridge Family” premiered on ABC AT 8:30PM EST. https://twitter.com/joeyx666/status/1176820289130422272?s=20 #music #tattoos #partridge-family #minds

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