Exploring The Idea Of Self-Imposed Limitations In Your Songwriting, Part 2

[caption id="attachment_210821" align="aligncenter" width="533"] Nashville songwriter Steve Leslie[/caption] Let’s wrap up our overview of the principle of Limitation and Economy in Narrative Songwriting with the following: (Read Part 1 here.) Functional-vs-Decorative Similes & Metaphors Functional similes and metaphors give you “more bang for your buck” than merely decorative ones by adding texture and description to your story. So, if you’re gonna use rose as a simile or metaphor for something, make sure the lyric has something to do with spring, or flowers, or love, or red, or thorns! An original stanza to an early song went like this: They ought’ a forward my mail to this parking lot, Got to get back home before my name’s forgot, I been so long workin’ these county fairs, Feels like I aint been livin’ nowhere’s, Stuck here like a jet plane on the ground, When Will I Ever Get Out’ A This Town? The image of the singer being stuck like a jet plane that’s been grounded is pretty consistent with his frustration in needing to “get out of this town,” but here’s the rewrite: They ought’ a forward my mail to this parking lot, Got to get back home before my name’s…

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