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Songwriting Without Boundaries


Writing great song lyrics requires practice and discipline. "Songwriting Without Boundaries" helps songwriters commit to routine practice through fun writing exercises. This unique collection of sense-bound prompt challenges helps songwriters develop the skills they need to:

tap into their senses and inject their writing with vivid details
effectively use metaphor and comparative language
add rhythm to their writing and manage phrasing

Divided into four sections, this guide features four different fourteen-day challenges with timed writing exercises, along with examples from other songwriters, poets and prose writers. Contributing writers will include: multiple Grammy winning songwriter Gillian Welch; professional songwriter Mike Reid (?I Can?t Make You Love Me? [performed by Bonnie Raitt]); professional poet Caroline Harvey, who was featured on HBO's Def Poetry Jam; a host of songwriters from the Berklee College of Music faculty; and more.

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About the Author

Pat Pattison is a professor at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches lyric writing and poetry. His books include Writing Better Lyrics. In addition, Pat has developed three online lyric writing courses for Berklee's online school, and has written articles for a variety of industry publications. His internationally successful students include multiple Grammy winners John Mayer and Gillian Welch. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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