Popular Lyric Writing

10 Steps to Effective Storytelling

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  • Suggested Retail Price: $14.95
  • Format: Book
  • Pages: 160
  • Dimensions: 5.88 x 9
  • ISBN: 0-87639-087-4
  • SKU: 50449553
  • Publication Date: September 25, 2007

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Make your writing process more efficient and your lyrics more effective. Learn how to find a powerful and effective song title, and discover how to build lyrics, develop the rhythms of your song sections, create contrasting sections and ideas to re-color your chorus based on that title.

Hit-songwriter/educator Andrea Stolpe shares time-tested tools of commercial songwriting.

Her 10-step process will help you to craft lyrics that communicate heart to heart with your audience. She analyzes hits from artists such as Faith Hill and John Mayer, and reveals why they are successful and how you can make your own songs successful too—with increased marketability and a more intense connection to your listeners.

Learn to:

  • Turn ideas into lyrics, using hands-on exercises and a 10-step songwriting strategy
  • Streamline and accelerate your writing process
  • Connect with your audience and create a memorable experience for them
  • Use lyric structures and techniques at the heart of countless hit songs
  • Write even when you’re not inspired
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  • Employ new patterns for content based on memorable songs
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Popular Lyric Writing is a GREAT tool for both new and experienced songwriters, breaking down the process of constructing and writing better songs. I know I will refer to this book in working with songwriters both in their early stages of writing and in deciphering the problems in more seasoned writer’s songs.”

—Scott Gunter, Universal Music Publishing

“This book tells how to paint a picture on a canvas of music and song, and does it with such ease and understanding. It’s an honor to have author Andrea Stolpe’s name and music on my first two albums.”

—Daniel Lee Martin, Award-winning Recording Artist

“This is a wonderful book, building on Object Writing and taking it to new and interesting places. Andrea has developed something of a ‘logic of content’, which should be very helpful to both developing and seasoned songwriters.”

—Pat Pattison, Author, Clinician, and Berklee College of Music Professor of Lyric Writing and Poetry


Andrea Stolpe

Andrea Stolpe is a songwriter, performing artist, and educator.  She has worked as a staff writer for EMI, Almo-Irving, and…