How To Maintain Truthfulness in Your Songwriting

If we maintain the Truth throughout, the Personal can become the Universal. 

[caption id="attachment_212160" align="aligncenter" width="907"] Plato says that a poet is like a fountain, which pours out anything which flows into it.[/caption] The third principle underlying effective narrative development in songwriting is Verisimilitude: “like the truth” or “felt truth.” It has its roots in both the Platonic and Aristotelian dramatic theory of mimesis: the imitation or representation of nature. Plato, in The Laws, defends poets against the attacks of those who charge them with believing what their own hero’s say, but Plato says that a poet is like a fountain, which pours out anything which flows into it; he imitates reality, and therefore makes his characters utter opinions which can contradict one another, but he himself does not know which of them is true. So our stories must seem true whether they’re true or not; must be probable within their own unique construct. Subject matter is pretext, behind which may lie a more common and shared emotional experience. In fact it’s probably better if it’s a fiction because often the imagination has nowhere to go in the face of facts. If your grandfather was eighty-one when he passed, but eighty-four sounds better, by golly he was eighty-four! The writer wants to…

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