Rhyme Schemes: Same Song, Different Journeys

A rhyme scheme can be an expressive tool.

10497463_10152598384453948_8232531156046688110_o Perth, Australia singer-songwriter Rachel Dillon. Photo via Facebook page Rachel Dillon Music. I did a master class in Perth, Australia and worked on a song with Rachel Dillon. Here are the first two verses and the chorus from her lovely song, “Hell For Leather”: We grew up together in the same small town a Standing watching summer storms coming down a You with hair of gold and a will so strong b I hardly said boo but my heart was full of song b You chased the ducks I ran from the drake c We skipped rocks on the dam and swam in the lake c Pretended to drive ‘cross the state in an abandoned old van d And we ran, and we ran d Hell for leather, hell for leather Hell for leather, down Bellbird Hill We had an interesting time talking about this song. We looked at the images, how they SHOW rather than TELL — creating pictures in our own heads, involving us in the song, because they’re our pictures. The earlier in the song you see them, the earlier the song becomes about you. So let’s switch the first two lines of verse 1. The summer storms line shows us something, and creates a nice bag of dye that drips downward to color the lines below it: Standing watching summer storms coming down a Growing up together in the same small town a You with hair of gold and a will so strong b I hardly said boo but my heart was full of song b You chased the ducks I ran from the drake c We skipped rocks on the dam and... Sign In to Keep Reading

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