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"How to write (better) lyrics?" - A tip

 Hi,

how do you write interesting lyrics, how do you avoid cliches, how do you find and create interesting metaphores, how do you create something beautiful, how to change lyrics into which directions, what's your rhyme-dictionary, how to avoid the perfect rhyme?

These are the subject of Pat Pattison's books. Pat is to lyrics what a mechanic is to my car :)

Just as a teaser:
* lyric is a car
* car of lyric
* lyric's car

-> what images do these create for you, and how can you use them for your lyrics?
E.g.
* lyric brings you to destination, lyrics move, lyrics entice
* / your turn :)

Best, Michael

Getting very young children interested in music

I think that the new "piano Roll" to keyboard software is fantastic and I would like to know how this could be used to bring keyboard skills to very young children and how to present this as a computer game using very simple songs and progressing both in speed and complexity. This could then be possibly transferred to music notation? Is this type of learning available to inspire our very young people? I wish that I had this opportunity when I was young

20th January Musical Cryptogram

My friends sometimes ask me to translate his or her name into a musical composition. I must confess that I love these activities as it forces you to make a melodic line out of it. So my challenge is:

Make a piece of music out of a name (can be anyone's)
Pieces should be longer than one minute and less than 3 minutes.
If those who are confused in how to use cryptograms then here is one way you could do this (French method):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musical_cryptogram

I would judge your pieces based on originality, how beautiful it is and bonus if difficult names are used. 
Please in your titles that you need to state the name of the person
The winner will have their piece upvoted and will be followed by me.

Here is an example where the piece uses a musical cryptogram:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-q7vYIpItA

Your submission will be due at 15th February

My Pieces

Hey guys! I'm new to this group and I figured I might as well put my music out there now! I am a percussionist and am most prominent in writing for mallet percussion, but I also love to write for band, choir, and musical theater! Feel free to check them all out and give me feedback. 

("The Ticking Clock"; mallet percussion quartet) 

https://musescore.com/user/15257336/scores/5818747
("The End"; mallet percussion quintet) 

https://musescore.com/user/15257336/scores/5818761
("Change on the Horizon; concert band/wind ensemble) 

https://musescore.com/user/15257336/scores/5818723
("Speak to Me; SATB+Piano) 

https://musescore.com/user/15257336/scores/5506919
("Sunset"; musical theater; 2 mezzo sopranos, 2 violins, electric guitar, piano, and drumset) 

https://musescore.com/user/15257336/scores/5883150