Songwriting assignment for Oct. 2

Write a crooked song

It’s another way of saying the song is asymmetrical, or has an unusual time signature.

If the first verse has four lines and the chorus has four lines, maybe Verse 2 has five lines. Verse 3 might have six.

The idea is to intentionally make the song’s structure inconsistent. Crooked songs train the listener’s brain to expect one thing but get another. It’s a great way to keep that brain focused on your song.


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