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The Craft of Lyric Writing [Hardcover]

Sheila Davis
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Oct. 15 1984 Book

With over 100,000 books in print, this successful author and songwriter provides a complete guide to writing words for and to music, showing how to create lyrics with universal appeal, choose a song form, and more. 350 pages. 6x9.


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"...the classic songwriting tome." -- Billboard Magazine

"...to young lyricists who come to me for advice: Buy THE CRAFT OF LYRIC WRITING. It's all there." -- Sheldon Harnick, Pulitzer Prize Lyricist, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

"Davis has fulfilled a vital need in American popular culture." -- American Music

"Davis's book...is both educational and entertaining. A marvelous piece of work." -- George David Weiss, President, The Songwriter's Guild of America

"Now I know what to say to young lyricists who come to me for advice: Buy THE CRAFT OF LYRIC WRITING. It's all there." -- Sheldon Harnick, Pulitzer Prize Lyricist, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

"Sheila Davis's book deserves not one, but two 'E's for excellence as it is both educational and entertaining. A marvelous piece of work." -- George David Weiss, President, The Songwriter's Guild of America

THE CRAFT OF LYRIC WRITING explains how to combine songwriting talent with various techniques to create lyrics with commercial hit potential. This book also defines more than 100 literary and musical terms and supplies advice and quotes on the creative process from more than 50 experts in the music industry. THE CRAFT OF LYRIC WRITING is a must-read for potential songwriters. -- Song Hits Magazine

THE CRAFT OF LYRIC WRITING is a must-read for potential songwriters. -- Song Hits Magazine

THE CRAFT OF LYRIC WRITING is an exhaustive and thoughtful introduction to the intricacies of song lyrics, and includes analytical insights that are interesting even to those who are not aspiring writers.(International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM)) -- International Association for the Study of Popular Music, IASPM

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5.0 out of 5 stars I bought it for my daughter's birthday Nov. 17 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for songwriters library. Nov. 18 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Top of The List Oct. 29 2003
Format:Hardcover
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have! March 28 2003
By Richard
Format:Hardcover
"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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5.0 out of 5 stars The bible of lyricwriting! Aug. 30 2001
By Richard
Format:Hardcover
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't leave home without it! April 4 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
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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5.0 out of 5 stars THE Best Inspiration for Lyricists March 31 2000
Format:Hardcover
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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2.0 out of 5 stars You were so good at keeping things vague. Feb. 25 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
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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