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The Craft of Lyric Writing Hardcover – Oct 15 1984


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  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Writers Digest Books; 1 edition (Oct. 15 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898791499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898791495
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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I read the book a few years ago, thought it handled the subject very thoroughly and wanted my daughter to have a copy (if anyone cares)
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Got this to replace a missing copy. The vendor was prompt and accurate in description of the condition.

This and Tunesmith by Jimmy Webb are the two main books you need as an aspiring songwriter. ( maybe 2 or 3 rhyming dictionaries..... But never admit it!)
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By dlmorrow on Oct. 29 2003
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Sheila Davis has written a wonderful book. Whether you're a pro or novice at the business of songwriting Ms. Davis' has something for everyone here. It should be at the top of the required reading list for anyone aspiring to be a songwriter! Ms. Davis, kudos all 'round! Well done!
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By Richard on March 28 2003
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"The Craft Of Lyricwriting" by Sheila Davis is a must have for any aspiring lyicist. It gives to you, in layman's terms, the essentials of writing a great song lyric. I have many books on the topic of lyricwriting but this is without a doubt my favorite. See you at the Grammys.....................peace!
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I can't say enough about "The Craft Of Lyricwriting" by Sheila Davis. This book gives you the foundation you need to understand the art of lyricwriting. The book is easy to absorb and there are some excellent examples to help you learn. I would recommend this book to any songwriter, pro or novice, it is the book to have on this fascinating subject.
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By A Customer on April 4 2000
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To know your craft is power. Having read Sheila's book, studied with Sheila for 6 years, moved to Nashville as a songwriter, and written with hit songwriters in Nashville for the last 7 years, I cannot imagine being a songwriter without this book. It has inspired me, taught me, and is always there to refer to time and again. I believe every serious songwriter would benefit from this book. Sheila is a songwriter who knows her craft and has laid it all out in this easy to read, easy to follow, inspiring book. Go on, get the power!
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If you want THE book on lyric writing, this is it! Sheila Davis's highly readable work has inspired beginning as well as experienced writers. I should know! Thanks to Sheila, my CD of 20 of my original songs, I'M IN LOVE WITH MY COMPUTER, was named "One of the Best Cabaret CDs of '98" by InTheatre Magazine. Sheila is not only a published songwriter, but also a supportive workshop teacher. Her book reflects her teaching style: highly accessible but thought-provoking at the same time. She gives examples for every point she makes.Reading the book is the next best thing to working in person with her, which I've had the privilege of doing. I also highly recommend her workbook "Successful Lyric Writing,"particularly helpful to the lyricist starting out, and "The Songwriter's Ideabook" which is wonderful for any songwriter looking for a creative boost!
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By A Customer on Feb. 25 2000
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I agree that "obtuseness" "can never [or, at least, can only rarely] successfully pass for depth", but I'm not so sure about vagueness. It seems to me that John Lennon and Bob Dylan in the sixties made something of an art of vague lyric-writing--to great commerical success and critical acclaim. (Paul McCartney likes to tell how John Lennon made him replace the lines "She was just seventeen/Could have been a beauty queen" with "She was just seventeen/And you know what I mean" and how afterward "You know what I mean" became a catch phrase in popular song. No one really knew for sure.) My point here is that there are a lot of ways to skin a cat. A true artist will invent his own. But the problem with this book is not that it wants you to write one way and not another; the problem with this book is that it really isn't able to distinguish a good lyric from a bad lyric or to analyze a lyric profitably and that when you read it you aren't getting advice from the horse's mouth; you're getting second-hand, watered down advice.
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