The Craft of Lyric Writing Hardcover – Jan 1 2010
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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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In addition to "The Craft of Lyric Writing" by Sheila Davis, I also recommend "The Craft of Lyric Writing" by Sheila Davis.
Singer-songwriters be warned: this book is written by a non-performing, professional lyricist. Those not trying to write a Top-40 hit should take Davis' comments about appropriate subject matter with a grain of salt. Davis' prose is what you'd expect from someone who writes catchy songs for a living: hokey and salesmanlike.
None of this detracts from the basic truth of the book, that clarity and specificity are virtues in writing, while obtuseness and vagueness can never successfully pass for depth. For her examples Davis sticks to truly well-written songs; for the most part she does not hold certain genres superior to others. In sum, the woman knows of what she speaks. Read this book.
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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)Published on Nov. 17 2013 by Jim Boudreau
Got this to replace a missing copy. The vendor was prompt and accurate in description of the condition. Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2012 by Fillhixx
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2003 by PhotoPro01
"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. Read morePublished on March 27 2003 by Richard
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2001 by Richard
If you listen to the radio you'll discover that there are no rules, no rhyme (so to speak) or reason, to successful songwriting. It helps to be lucky, well-connected, etc. Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2000
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