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Your Enlightened Guide To Lyrics & Songwriting (Core Class)

teacher avatar Adam Sweeney, Songwriter/Emotional Intelligence Spec.

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      To Start: Who Are You Writing For?


    • 3.

      Anyone Can Write Meaningful and Clever Lyrics - NO LIMITS!


    • 4.

      Three Golden Rules (Create, Relate, & Communicate)


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    • 6.

      Golden Key #1: Set It In Stone


    • 7.

      Golden Key #2: Goals Are Garbage


    • 8.

      Golden Key #3: Abundantly More


    • 9.

      Golden Key #4: Lyrical Admiration


    • 10.

      The Waterslide Method


    • 11.

      Using Key Words


    • 12.

      LWS Part 1


    • 13.

      Golden Key #5: Give Me 10!


    • 14.

      Golden Key #6: The Writing Muscle


    • 15.

      What About Rhyming?


    • 16.

      LWS Part 2 A


    • 17.

      LWS Part 2 B


    • 18.

      Golden Key #7: Lyric Warm Ups


    • 19.

      Golden Key #8: Bating Your Lyrics


    • 20.

      Ask The Question


    • 21.

      Every Version Is Complete


    • 22.

      LWS Part 3


    • 23.

      Golden Key #9: Escape To Focus


    • 24.

      Golden Key #10: E-Motion (Energy In Motion)


    • 25.

      Let The Energy Build


    • 26.

      LWS Part 4 A


    • 27.

      LWS Part 4 B


    • 28.

      TT: Enjoying The Process


    • 29.

      TT: What Does It Mean To "Nail" Lyric Writing?


    • 30.

      A Personal Message From Me:-)


    • 31.

      All I Ever Wanted Video


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About This Class

Welcome to Your Enlightened Guide To Lyrics & Songwriting !

My name is Adam. Allow me to give you a brief intro to my course:-)

This course is from the heart, my practice that I have developed over the years. I realized that writing lyrics is a process of personal growth and your lyrics grow as you grow. There is no magic formula for lyrics, YOU are the magic and you activate it when you take action, accept what comes out and do it for its own sake of enjoyment no matter if it is for fun or professionally.

What is ENLIGHTENED Lyric-Writing and how does this approach differ from standard songwriting?

  • Enlightened Lyric-Writing is about seeing songwriting as a creative process you allow yourself to go through.

  • Instead of setting goals we have a daily practice.

  • It is about allowing yourself to connect to your flow state where writing becomes easy and effortless.

  • It is a holistic system that includes structure, rhyming, and all other connected inspiration you need.

  • It is about validating everything that comes through as a part of the process.

  • Let go of insistence of what you think it might or is supposed to be.

  • Start with what is easy and obvious to get the flow going.

  • Your creative energy builds as you keep moving and your output matches those higher states that resonate with you and the higher states of others as your music draws itself to them on that level.

This will feel like a natural process to you because creation is all about your feeling. Let's apply songwriting in its original intention of joy and self-expression:)

What aspects about lyrics & songwriting does your course contain?

(I encourage you to look through the curriculum and watch several preview-able videos in order to get a feel for this course so you know if it is what you need in your journey.)

  • Introduction - Learn what it means to write unlimited lyrics and songs in combination with your mind and heart and how to effectively communicate to your audiences.

  • Points of View (POV) - Learn about the 3 different kinds of POV, main and sub POV, as well as using multiple POVs and lyric spurts and how this awareness can make you a more refined songwriter.

  • Golden Keys - Methods/exercises to take action on and can get you into the proper state to connect with your creativity and taking (writing) action from that state.

  • *NEW* Lyric Writing Sessions - Observe the enlightened methods applied to writing candid lyrics in the moment, and then write lyrics with me in parallel!
  • Anatomy of A song - Learn in detail the different parts of a song and get tips on how to use them effectively and keep listeners engaged.

  • Platinum Keys - Techniques you can use to enhance your process of songwriting.

  • Lyric Structure Variations - Learn different lyric structure variations, when lyrics are necessary, and how to create variety among your songs.

  • Enlightened Tips - Realizations which have helped me get into flow and overcome blocks & limiting beliefs, so we can create our best work.

    And there is more to come....!

This is a process which you can thoroughly enjoy ever aspect. Writing/creating is an experience that expands you beyond yourself in the moment and when it is finished it has served you in that process, and then that finished song or recording will go on to serve those that listen to it and they can be inspired. So it all starts with you.

I am on this journey with you so reach out to me and chat if you would like to speak with me. I am excited to meet you and honored if you join me on this amazing/challenging/exciting journey.

*NEW* As of 2021, I am excited to announce there is now a Facebook community of Enlightened Lyric Writers you will be able to join when you take this course, where we can all exchange ideas, share knowledge, offer feedback, and present our creations:)

You can find my personal creations on Spotify, Apple Music, and BandCamp under my name, Adam Sweeney. New IG: adamsweeneymusic

Meet Your Teacher

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Adam Sweeney

Songwriter/Emotional Intelligence Spec.


Hello! I have been writing lyrics for 19 years and teaching music and songwriting for 15 years.  I have been helping songwriters all over the world write lyrics more effectively and helping them create a daily practice of connecting with their inner creativity and inspiration while writing tons of clever lyrics from within.

If you are interested to see the lyric and songwriting work I have done please see my BandCamp page:

I am also an emotional intelligence specialist and have courses on how to transcend limiting beliefs and how to transform fear of rejection and self expression. They are both results of my personal exploration into my own fears and beliefs and the perspectives I used to transform them... See full profile

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1. Introduction: My name is Adam Sweeney. I've been writing songs since I was about 13 years old, back when I used to record them on my four track cassette task cam recorder. And then as I was growing up, I'd use them to express myself in a more confident way in areas of my life that I wasn't so confident in back then. And now, at this point in my life, I use song writing, lyric writing as a process to take me through who I am now and to express that in its many amazing ways possible. That I can think of it brings me through a process of creativity and connecting with myself . And as I do that I discover blocks within myself that I can transform whether they're writers, blocks and blocks about what other people think it effects. Really, every area of my life when I go through this process of song writing and what I like to give to you in this course is everything that I've learned on my journey because I know you're going through your own journey and what could be more fun than doing it together? Some of the greatest things that I've learned is that writing for yourself is the most important thing, because when you write for yourself and right for yourself unfiltered because in this course I don't filter myself at all because I know that's not what you what you need. And that's not what anyone wants to hear when they're listening to music. They want to hear it in the most purest form and purest expression possible. And so what I'd like to take you through is my process of song writing not just the actual exercises off writing, but also getting you into a space where you feel good about yourself or you feel confident . And then from the space you take the action off writing and you just see what comes out, and no matter what comes out, you validate everything. They're also lessons on how I the order of how I write music, as well as how to break down lyrics and different parts of the song and different orders you can have them in. So all the basics are covered as well, and I am always updating and adding videos because my journey is still continuing. I'm I'm still doing this because it provides me so much joy and getting to know who I am and expanding beyond myself. Be ready to have some fun making writing a daily practice that you could enjoy. Come join me and connect with me in the course. Thanks. And I'll see you there. 2. To Start: Who Are You Writing For?: Hi, everyone. This is Adam. And today I just like to share something with you, something I'll call my titanium tip. And that is how we write our music. And this is something I believe would be helpful for everyone Before you start your song. Writing and journey before you get deeper into this course is to really ask yourself, Who am I writing for, Who is my audience? And from my experience, the number one person in Number one audience I'm writing for is myself. And I'll tell you why. Because this is actually the most efficient way to write music. You have a world full of billions of people who have all different tastes and music, and we know music is about residence. You know, the kind of song you resonate with that will make you feel good. This is what you get out of your favorite artists and your favorite songs that you like to listen to over and over again. And when you find the songs somehow and you recognize yourself within these songs and you feel like, Hey, I know these artists and know where they're coming from, these artists are not really writing for you. They're writing for themselves because it's really it's too big of a job the top to try to write for a specific audience. So it's actually so much easier just right for yourself and to express yourself and to do it fearlessly. Because when you're not afraid to express yourself for the type of music, the type of sounds you want to make or certain lyrics you want to write, if you conduce this and its most purest form and biggest of self expression, this is the light that attracts people. This is what says says, Hey, I am out there and you can see me. I'm letting everything out on the table and this is actually what we like, because we can see it so much easier when we can identify ourselves with it. So much easier. However, if you keep yourself if you hold yourself back or to concern about what others might think or what they might like, then it sort of compresses your music and compresses the experience a little bit. So this is works wonders for myself on my song writing journey, and I hope it will help yours too. So thanks everyone for listening and for enrolling in my course. It is a privilege for me to serve you in this way to share my experiences on my song writing Journey with you and I wish you a lot of fun and a lot of joy expressing yourself in your music and sharing it with everyone by. 3. Anyone Can Write Meaningful and Clever Lyrics - NO LIMITS!: Hello. This is Adam Sweeney, and I first want to thank you for enrolling in my course. And second, I want to welcome you to the first section of my first lecture. Anyone can write meaningful lyrics. There are no limits. Did you ever wonder how some artists, right? Album after album, song after song? Maybe they even have a side band or side project. They write songs for two, and each album may contain 10 to 14 songs. And keep in mind those air on Lee, the ones that made the record. If they didn't make the record, they either didn't fit in with the theme of the album or the artists were label didn't think the song was good enough so it would be set aside and may be released later. Either way, these artists that write album after album their entire lives you can say they're lyric writing machines. However, they know something you don't and I'm gonna share it with you. There are two key secrets. The first is a belief you must have. And the second is an action you must take. And I'm gonna get into that more specifically later in the course. But you need them both to succeed. But first, let's take a look at three examples of living lyric writing machines. Billy Joe Armstrong from Green Day. It's written 11 albums with Green Day and over 150 songs. Even his last album, in 2012 was a triple album with over 30 songs on them. Tom's Along, You may know him from Blink 1 82 or Angels and Airwaves. He also had a side project called Boxcar Racer. But over his career he's written over 14 albums and over 100 and 20 songs. Even this year, he's releasing an album with demos and B sides and songs that didn't make his other albums . We'll see if they're any good and last but not least, the ultimate song writing machine. Paul McCartney. The Guy's been writing songs for 50 years, 36 albums over 450 songs between the Beatles wings and all his solo projects, which he's still continuing to this day. So let's get into the first lyric writing secret. Listen carefully. Your lyrics and music do not come from your brain, but something bigger, more vast and most importantly, limitless. The brain can't conceive Writing 100 songs, even 20 is overload. Successful songwriters know that they channel is creative information from an unlimited source, and the well can never run dry if you're tuned into it. This is how they write song after song. They don't have these limiting beliefs holding them back, that they can't do it or that this is, ah, high number of songs to write. They don't even think in terms of numbers. So what is this unlimited source I'm talking about? It is a space where all ideas come from not just for songs, but books, movies, TV shows, articles. What do you think Stephen King gets all the ideas for the 40 books he's written over his career? True, not all of them are good. The good ones come from this source or plain, where all ideas exist, and the author artist is the one channeling them into existence. So with connection to this source, inspiration, song writing becomes effortless. So what does your brain coming here? Your brain is on Lee, a facilitator. The brain is on Lee able to come up with a mediocre ideas, at best by itself. So where does your brain come into play? Exactly. You get the material from source inspiration and your brain structures and moulds it into a song. So if you want to be a lyric writing machine and a good one not just turning out crap, you need to connect and be in. Tune with your source and use your brain. If you only use your brain, you'll write songs. Don't get me wrong, but the majority won't be very good. It's gonna cost you a lot more time and effort to do it, and you just you won't be satisfied at the end. So the main point in this lecture and promised to you is that anyone can be a good lyricist with this knowledge that I'm sharing with you. In this course, you're going to be able to write lyrics, great lyrics and effortlessly, even if you have never done it before. It doesn't matter if your singer and it's your job, or if your basis or even a drummer can contribute to the band's lyrics. Even if you've been writing for years, I promise, this course is going to help you explode your output of lyrics effortlessly so to connect to this unlimited source have been talking to you about. You need to be in a state of creative flow. And in the next lecture, I give you 10 easy ways to get into this flow zone where you can truly amaze yourself and others. And these ways have always worked for me. And it doesn't matter if I'm writing lyrics. I use them whenever I need to be in a creative space. So I hope you enjoyed this lecture. I'll see you in the next. 4. Three Golden Rules (Create, Relate, & Communicate): it's time to learn the three Golden rules for writing lyrics create, relate and communicate. So what is writing lyrics and our to give my own personal definition for the art of writing lyrics it would have to be. Writing lyrics is creative storytelling based on beliefs and experiences in order to express oneself and communicated to others in a clever and stylish way, she might wonder. Where does music fit into the scheme? Well, music is the mood or tone, which is usually reflective of the tone of the lyrics. First golden rule creating What is it you're creating? You're creating a piece of art, you're creating an experience for others and you're bringing something into existence which never existed before, which is an amazing thing. Second golden rule relating to whom are you relating? You're relating that others your audience, whomever, they maybe, maybe just someone that's listening. And it's important to remember that your lyrics are a reflection of your experiences and beliefs, which in turn affect your audience. So why is relating? Important relating is important because it builds an invaluable connection. Listeners want to know if you experience the world the way they do. If you've been through what they've been through. This creates a bond between you and the listener, and the stronger the bond, the more they'll feel that you understand them and any material that you put out. They will give it a listen because they think, Hey, this artist's understands me who I am, what I've been through, what I believe and I can relate to that. So I'll enjoy listening to whatever they put out. Third Golden Rule Communicating How do you communicate? You are creating a story or retailing one of your own experiences. The one thing that gives lyric and edge is that you're communicating this story in a clever and stylish way that remains with your listeners long after the experience is over. And you can do this through either using certain phrases or rhymes with their catchy and stay in the listeners heads long after the songs over and I give you some examples. Example. One. We are the Champions by Queen Example to the Y M. C. A song example. Number three. We all live in a yellow submarine, so good luck. Now you have that stuck in your head for the rest of the day. So these artists were very good at communicating their lyrics do their listeners because they were very, very catchy. And we're going to later explore the key secrets that make lyrics Stick to your listeners like crazy goo. So don't worry. I got you covered. So this concludes this lecture, I'll see you in the next. 5. LWS INTRO: Hi guys, This is Adam. I'm really excited to introduce to you the newest part of my course, and that is song writing sessions. So songwriting sessions is basically me here on my couch where I normally write my lyrics. And we go through a whole song from scratch together. So everything is wrong in the moment. Nothing is pre-prepared. Because I want you to see how the process is actually done with enlightened lyric writing into integrating all the other parts of my course into this. We don't usually get to see our favorite artists sitting there with pen and paper writing songs. So it might be kind of a mystery to you. And I want to bring light and clarity to this process. Showing you what it's actually like. Because it's not always perfect from your mind onto the page. It involves the process, involves getting into the moment. It involves asking yourself questions, letting the energy builds everything that we go over in this course. So it was a lot of fun making these, and I'm really happy and excited to bring them to you. So one other thing before we get started is after you watch these songwriting sessions and there are basically four sessions broken up into several videos that I'm going to put throughout the course. So you have time to actually apply what you're learning. And after you go through these songwriting sessions, I advise that you go back again only this time. Put me on mute and just sit with me and do your own songwriting session along with me and yeah, get in that flow with me. Because that is the amazing journey of this ride is that we're all in this together. We're all doing it together. And sometimes yet, it is a challenge to make, to make time for songwriting, to make it a daily practice. So if you follow along with me, you'll be surprised how much we really get done in just a few sessions. So have fun with this. 6. Golden Key #1: Set It In Stone: This is the first golden key. Set it in stone. Set aside time for yourself every day, too, right? Even if it's only 15 minutes, this is very straightforward. Set aside a time and stick to it. It doesn't matter if you sit at your desk doing nothing during this time. In fact, unless you're doing something that involves writing than do nothing, this time is reserved for writing on Lee. And you must honor that time by at least being present for it. The point is to make writing a habit. When you set aside a time, you're also setting an intention of writing, and when you intend on doing something, it makes it much easier to do it. Just use the time to start writing. Don't worry about if what you're writing is good or not. What is happening is your programming yourself to write, and the intention will help you. It doesn't matter what time you could set this time in the morning or in the evening. Whatever suits you best, this will solve ultimately the problem of having no time because it will always be scheduled. You may not do much the first couple of days but soon after you will. So let's say you set aside 30 minutes and just write a couple random words on the paper. This is okay, but at some point you will start writing more and you will start getting into a flow. And when that happens, don't be surprised if 60 or even 90 minutes flies by. Because when you are in the state, you don't notice time you become timeless, and this timeless space is where creativity lives. You'll know when you've accessed it, because you'll be full of curiosity, excitement and very proud of what you've written musically. Your lyrically. Like I said, this may not happen the first few days when you make it a habit along with your intentions , it will, and it will build upon itself and get easier and easier with every day. So at the end of the week or month, you have set aside depending on the amount of time. Let's say you set aside 45 minutes than at the end of the week or month. You might have anywhere between 5 10 to 40 hours just for song writing, because they do add up in the end and the more time that goes in the writing, the more output you produce and in there will lie some quality output. One great song with high energy passion and clever lyrics is worth its weight in gold and outweighs 10 mediocre songs by far. So starting today, set a time, honor it, and in this way you also honor yourself. 7. Golden Key #2: Goals Are Garbage: this is golden Key. Number two goals are garbage. Traditionally, we grew up learning that setting goals is effective Proactiv and a way to get focused. In my opinion, this is not always true. And from my experience, this is definitely untrue. When applying to writing lyrics, what you actually want to do is not have a goal, but create a process, a goal, for example, in our case, maybe to write a song, right, three songs or an album. And the problem with that is that goals are very future focused and not in the present, where all the work actually takes place. Goals are short term thinking, and once a goal is reached, we tend to rest on our laurels. End sort of take a break. But when you're writing, you have momentum and you want to keep going. Let's say you have a goal and you having trouble reaching it, or something comes up or it's taking longer than expected. From my experience, this can lead to discouragement, frustration and even a lapse and writing until you pick yourself back up again. With the process, you're only processes just to write and sick to a daily practice or schedule as mentioned in the first key processes are long term and don't end once a song has been carved out of your writing. Also, since there are no goals, you get a sense of accomplishment after every time you sit down to write, you can compare it to going for a run or a workout. You always feel good afterwards and are satisfied. You're not too concerned that you're not immediately in shape, which is probably your goal. You simply feel good that you made the effort and you have something to show for it when you don't have a goal, there's no reason to feel bad or have a sense of failure if you don't reach it with the process your productivity goes of anyway. Writing in a sense, is the process and the goal in itself. So when you think about it this way, you get the effect and feeling of accomplishing a goal through the process. Every time you sit down to write 8. Golden Key #3: Abundantly More: this is Golden Key number three Abundantly more. This key falls in line with the previous two keys, those of which, if you follow, you should automatically be following this one as well as a result, which is right more than you need. We've already covered this at the beginning of this course, and it should be common knowledge. Do you buy now? Which is that just about every artists rights more songs than you actually hear on the album? They just cut it down to their best and most appropriate ones for that album. The same is true for other types of art as well, such as a director making a movie. He always films more scenes that is necessary, maybe even three or four hours worth, and it gets cut down to a two hour film in the end, and all the deleted scenes are put in the special feature section of the DVD for musicians . They'll take those songs that they're not using and put him aside, and maybe they'll use them to generate some more income later, and often they're called B sides. The truth is, you can never have too much material. However, there is another very important reason why I am making this a key to becoming a lyric writing machine. Your best writing is always there, but sometimes it's behind bad or mediocre writing. It is important to get it all out because it is a part of the string of creativity which always leads to inspired work. And sometimes you just have to follow and trust it. This is not the time to be a perfectionist, or you may be waiting a lot longer. Perfectionism makes you dismiss most of your ideas that barely touched the paper, but those ideas inspire better ones. They're all related and connected, so don't cut them off at the root. Another way to think of it is one idea is a stepping stone to another. So don't invalidate any stones is bad or unimportant because they ultimately get you to where you want to be. 9. Golden Key #4: Lyrical Admiration: Golden Key Number four Lyrical admiration to be a song writing machine requires you to know what you like lyrically and to be able to identify it in other songs, but also to explain why lyricists who can create inspired lyrics can only do so if they can truly recognize the remarkable craftsmanship of others. Simply put, you cannot create something of value if you cannot recognize value itself. Maybe you've done this kind of exercise before, but I'm asking you to do it again during your writing time, especially if you feel stuck. And even if you don't, it will still give you an enormous boost. I want you to take action now and listen to three songs you truly admire lyrically. But do this exercise one song at a time, Sit down with headphones, close your eyes and listen. Or if you wish to read the lyrics along with the song, then keep your eyes open. Really appreciate what you're listening to afterwards, ask yourself these questions. How do I feel when I'm listening to the flow of the words and the rhyme structure? What makes me feel this way? What are my favorite lines? Why are they my favorite. Why are they so great and perfect in every way? To me? Break the words down piece by piece. If it helps you explain, you don't have to write the answers out. In fact, when I do this, I talk out loud. This exercise of focused appreciation will put you in connection with your own creativity and inspiration. Energetically speaking, creativity is in the same space as beauty and admiration. They all feel similar. So if you begin to feel more excitement flowing in your body and your hands, even after doing this with just one song, you can keep going. But I recommend start writing and see and be surprised with what happens next. 10. The Waterslide Method: in this lecture, we're gonna talk about what I call the water slide method of song writing. And this is an actual technique of writing a song, not just the lyrics but including the cords on melody as well. What I'm doing is I'm expanding on one of the golden Keys baiting your lyrics because I feel it deserves more explanation or in depth explanation. And I literally use it for writing every song that I write because it works and it's true and it makes sense. And if you follow it, you're gonna have a lot of success, and lyrics are just gonna flow and come out a whole lot easier. So what is the water slide method? Basically, I'm going to compare chords, melody and lyrics to that of a water slide so the actual physical water slide aren't say the cords. The water is the melody, and you who are riding down it are the lyrics. So what you do first is you come up with a couple of cords you like for song doesn't have to be the whole song. It can be verse or a chorus and whether your instrument is the guitar, piano or something else. Just just play those chords, play around with them and just start trying to hum a melody. Just something something that you like to start humming the melody so people don't realize , is that between the cords and the lyrics is the melody. There is this gap, and it's like a steps own. And if you just write the cords and then jump in with lyrics slash melody at the same time , it's sort of like going down a water slide without any water. You can do it, but it's a lot easier and more fun if there's the water. So in what I dio is when I'm playing my chords and I'm thinking of my melody, I'm just going in my head or sing out loud Lotta uh uh, or I'll take something from around the room. I have a cat there on just talk about him, how he's sitting down and then he looking himself and walking around and just come up with the melody. That way, you can use whatever stupid lier X onto. It doesn't matter because you're not going to keep them. But once you have a melody that you like and you're playing in the cords and you're you're humming the melody. Then the lyrics are base to be going to jump on so fast, just like when you jump on a water slide and the water just flows and you flow on top of the water and it's carried by the slide or the courts. So you will see as you start playing your courts and humming your melody and you tell yourself, Okay, I'm going to try to think of lyrics So you're playing your homing. And then, instead of talking about random things, were singing La, la, la, la, la you're going to just whatever comes out. Whatever lyrics come out one piece at a time, write it down piece by piece, and that's that's how I do it. Your lyrics are going to flow so much easier with the melody because it's literally in between. I know you can't see it, but metaphysically it's there. And if you keep that in mind, you're going to write songs whole lot faster and it's just gonna flow and you'll feel the flow, just the melody just coming through you and the lyrics created by you know your brain. Whatever you spit out just gonna fall onto them. So it's really something that you have to try for yourself. So this is one exercise to try, and I'm really love to hear your feedback. How this works for you works wonderfully for May and out, really excited about sharing it and explaining it in this new way. So good luck and have fun. 11. Using Key Words: in this lecture, we're going to discuss using keywords to enrich your lyrics. So as I was writing, you know my own lyrics the other day. Sometimes I get stuck or I get caught up in using the same old lyrics. And for me, that sort of nature words like stars and sky are trees. And I don't want those in every song. I want to sort of differentiate everything. So I decided to do was when I was writing lyrics. Perhaps I would come up with a line and it was okay, maybe didn't rhyme with the next one. But there was. There was a key word in a key word or phrase that when I wanted to use was with summer Solstice and anything and everything that I wrote around that well, that came out as I was writing. It didn't make much sensor. It just came out. And I like the summer solstice part and don't want to keep anything else. So I did was I wrote that word down, and I sort of came back to it later. And as I'm writing my lyrics, not just when I had my writing time, but maybe I'll be out during the day and I'll hear keyword or phrase something that just sounds good like another one was was white Nights on end. I like the sound of that. I just write it in my phone or somewhere on my desktop or a piece of paper just all throughout my day. And then when I sit down to write the lyrics just to write lyrics in general, I'll have that list somewhere near me. I'll write it down on a piece of paper and put it on my desk. Just look over it and then sort of, you know, ignore it and that I was will be, you know, playing my chords, having my melody, thinking of my lyrics as they come out, I'll notice that I'll put the keywords in there. And since those keywords are in my consciousness already, whatever else is coming through well, naturally for around those keywords, and I'll find myself writing a great line with the keywords. So this is something that I use pretty much every day because I want my lyrics to be no, not only good, but I want to be creative, descriptive, expressive. Paint a picture in in someone's mind when there when they're listening, and I don't want it all to be the same cause. Sometimes not find myself getting trapped into the same patterns or ideas. And I don't want every song to be about the same thing. So to sum up during the day, whether I'm reading or listening to the radio or other songs or just, uh, thinking off key words or phrases that I like all write them down and I'll keep them close by when I'm actually, you know, like a tar. I'm working and writing the lyrics like Ethan Close by, and I'll just look at it and then begin my lyric writing process. And the new lyrics that come in usually form around it pretty well. And now I have my lyrics, which had the key words I want, and I'm very proud of it at the end. So I'm proud of all my lyrics, and I want you to be proud of your lyrics because you know, when you are, you're satisfied you're unsatisfied. You think, Hey, that's really good. I like I like those keywords. It's very descriptive and it sticks out and it separates me from the other songwriters. So I hope you found this lecture interesting. And you can apply this practically throughout your day and during your song writing process , as always. Let me know how it works out for you until the next lecture. Happy writing. 12. LWS Part 1: Songwriting Session 1. So I start with diverse. We've got our chords already. What do I want to say first thing, like a thing. What is the truth about my situation right now? Zygomatic crossroads. 10, living here in Munich, Germany for about ten years. And thinking of it in someplace else. Just fun to Spain and it's very nice. So I can say, I want to say, so just write that down. So we haven't go. So price searchers, something that rhymes with go. So I get like momentum going, so nothing's coming. So let's keep the first part. And we'll put this down here. So that stays on point. Okay. And yeah, I usually start from what I have and then I keep repeating it because I get in a flow and I connect to that state where those lyrics are. Not really thinking that I have ideas. I have some key phrase in mind. But yeah, let's get the third guy. They had the course. So you now have the course. It's Ryan with change. And yeah, I'll cross this out. I won't forget about it. So it comes out. This way, maybe it's time to switch lanes. Here we go. Okay. That looks better. This afternoon, especially that's what I want to say. But I imagine that would be like happiness. But that was just unconscious. Comes out. Say for i sound, I'm not. Write this messy, It's too much. What about this other one? Clean build off that line. Weight to failure. As, you know, I'm bringing something forth and I don't know what it is. Okay. Golden life, like a like a CD. The work that in there spotlights on on my one acre lot. On my one hand, it bright funded this. So that's actually, I mean, know the difference between being stuck and just feeling like, oh, I just wrote a wave and okay, I might take a break and then catch the next wave is sometimes that's just how these things go. So, yeah, what a wave we got averse, we got a chorus. And we might have another version of a course. Or, or we could replace the course with the one we're doing now. But the main thing is we wrote, we validated everything. We gotten a flow, we saw where things went. And yeah. So I feel pretty satisfied and that's going to carry over to the next thing I do in my day. But yeah, good writing session, session that we didn't spend that much time. But I feel like we got somewhere. So I'll see you in the next one. 13. Golden Key #5: Give Me 10!: Welcome to Golden Key. Number five. Give me 10 opening cognitive doors. The next few keys will help you get started each time you sit down to write, especially if you're blocked. Don't know where to start or not feeling the flow. Yet we already discussed in the course the different topics you can write about in the different points of view you can write them from now it's time to get more specific. You're going to take action and jot down 10 topics you can write about. It could be anything. Keep in mind that this is only an exercise, and you don't have to use any of these topics. These ideas already exist inside your brain, and when you write, some will come out anyway. Whether you list them or not. The point of the exercise is simply to make you aware of what is on your mind. Whether it's on the surface or a little deeper. You may shed some light on things that are hidden to you. I think it's easy, maybe up to five, but you have to come up with 10 after listing seven, your brain may start to sweat a little, but what is really happening is that you're opening cognitive doors and you'll feel and see the proof of it. Once you're finished. After you list 10 topics, one or two things can happen. You'll pick one, and you'll know which one at that point and start writing, or you will simply start writing. And no matter where you start, the odds are you will be subconsciously guided back to one of those topics. At least now you have a bigger view and awareness of what's going on inside your mind and what is important to you at the moment. Sometimes we keep certain things just below the surface, and when we uncover them, we feel a stronger sense of awareness that we can see everything right in front of us. And I believe this makes our writing more personal in the end. And what is personal to us is important to us, and therefore we write about it honestly from our truth. Listeners recognize truth in songs, and it makes it more real for them. Amazing what one little exercise that may take you 5 to 10 minutes conduce Oh, and the effects it can have on the outcome 14. Golden Key #6: The Writing Muscle: Golden Key Number six. The writing muscle. Write a journal entry or do scripting. You may have heard that writing journal entries can be therapeutic, and this is true, But how can this help you become a lyric writing machine? Well, I'm glad you asked whether your writing lyrics or journal entry it's still writing, and you were using those same skills for exercising your writing muscle you're writing. Muscle needs to be flexed just like any other muscle, and this is a great exercise to do before you begin writing, especially if you don't know where to begin. So take out your writing pad and pen, or open up a word document and just start writing. You can write about how you're feeling about everything in your life, or, if you would prefer not to do that than you could write fictional situations for yourself or other people, which make you feel good. The latter of the two is called scripting. Now, as you exercise your writing muscle, you begin to get a flow going, and although sometimes you may become blocked when writing lyrics, it has nothing to do with the lyrics but being inflow with writing When you write a journal entry or do scripting, it is nearly impossible to be blocked because you're basically writing your thoughts, and you always have thoughts unless you are sleeping or brain dead. So this will create a steady flow. And if you decide to do this exercise, then make sure it is at least for 10 to 15 minutes. Because your flow becomes more steady and rapid and then you feel like you have more creative control, you will feel it. And once you do take out that guitar and start writing down those lyrics, you may have even had some ideas or inspiration during the writing muscle exercise, so get going. 15. What About Rhyming?: Hi guys. In this video, I'm briefly going to talk about rhyming. I've received some messages and comments about, am I going to talk about rhyming since this is lyric course? And I don't want you to think that I am excluding it because it's actually built in. Now if you have a special interest in rhyming or what to build your vocabulary, there are specific enrichment courses that you can take for that. But for the purpose of this course on enlightened lyric writing, when you're in that flow state, when you're not high-functioning flow state, the rhymes are automatically built-in to whatever comes out, actually saving you a lot of time and effort. So we all know how to rhyme and it's like when we have a positive thought or a negative thought, those thoughts will connect to other related thoughts, other thoughts and other thoughts. So when you're in that high state of flow, your brain is going to function in the same way, reaching for what's there, whether it's in your subconscious or in the forefront of your brain, your mind is going to make those connections and they're going to flow out with your lyrics. This is the way it's worked for me over the years. And it's actually part of the effortlessness of connecting with flow and enlightened lyric writing. So thank you for your comments and questions and keep them coming. And happy writing. 16. LWS Part 2 A: And welcome to our next songwriting session where we continue what we did last time. And yeah, just to reminder, these sessions are supposed to be very raw and candid so things can happen around me, cats could jump around her whatnot. So what is my intention and show you what songwriting actually looks like, at least from my point of view. So we have a little update. So we have a nice microphone here. So sounds should be that better. So the first session that I recorded, it was actually just kind of a warm up to see how it would go and actually turn into a real session that I got on a roll. So yeah, so I kept it, but it's always nice to make upgrades. So let's get started. So when I come back to a session that I've been working on, I go over what I wrote. So, so let's do that. We have averse change. Then we have, we had, we did one chorus. So i'll I'll play that one. I'm sorry. Then there was the other one. And that's where we stopped. So I can either work on that chorus that we were doing or go for the second verse. I kinda want to do the chorus. So, yeah, Let's just see what happens. None of this is planned. It's all, it's all inspired in the moment. But you see like when we do that, when we do this as a daily practice, you know, how much goodness can come from us through our lyric writing or several times a week. So, yeah, let's just have fun. Let's not judge or a work and see what comes out and see how the energy builds. All right, so the chorus. So let's get some momentum going with what the verse and see if we can catch a way of getting the flow. N by the way, if you're watching this, you know, for either for the first time or second time, you can mute me and just do your own session along with me. So it doesn't matter. Whatever you feel you need to do. I don't know. And that's why we were last time. So yeah, I was writing this song. I asked myself first what's the truth in my situation? And it was yeah, I think he making a big change, maybe moving or something, starting something new. So I asked a question like, how do I want, what do I really want to say? And let's see what the answer is. Three, arranged in my life in a new way to fame, caching the golden spotlights. So we have lot life and spotlights. And I think I said my so I kinda wanted to keep that going. So nothing's coming in the moment. So let me just see what comes out and we'll validate that. I go. Okay, so we had on my fate, it's gotta say to die. So kind of grim, but it's just what came out. I could write that down to die or this time. That came up. Yeah. So right in the moment. Yeah. I can tell it's not going to work. But if I didn't say to die, then this time wouldn't have popped in my head. It's acid. This is all about, This is what lyric writings about just, just being inspired. So, so we have another piece. So otherwise it would have moved on to something else. But let's keep going. Okay, So we can put do that repeating thing. It's also thinking it's time to rearrange. I feel I feel like that's more relevant, but I have time in there in a new way to feign casting the goal then spotlights on my Fe. Alright, so I think we're going to just leave that. So we'll come MOOC, we can come back to that. I didn't write the t square choruses. Don't you guys get mixed up? All right. So what we do know that verse. And yeah, let's go back to the first course and then go, Go into the second verse. Verse 2. O S one I had before. So just what pops in near add. Searching for a new home kinda goes with the rhyming in the first-person. It's okay, it doesn't have to. And you don't have to just write this way like I'm doing. I'm, I'm going with momentum, but you can write without music as well. It's just how I do it. I, I come up with some chords and I just do it casually throughout my day. It's not even a writing sessions. Pick up my guitar and when something sounds good, I keep it and I build off. And at some point I say, Hey, let's sit down and write some lyrics to it. So searching for a new home. Now that coin comes up, one that I've never known. Sounds good for me. Sometimes it's kind of predictable and I don't always like to be predictable, but but yeah, let's just see what happens. We can always go back and rewrite these versus sometimes you can write three or four and you just pick the best ones that were not for me to something always something special about V2 because you kinda, you, you get deeper into it. But scared. Coupling popped in my head. How how's it going to be? Or say, how's it going to end? C. And it's important to do right? You're just your truest emotions because that's what other people identify with and just needs to be authentic. So like I'm being with you guys now and turning my curiosity about this crossroads I feel I'm at, although still enjoying teaching, will continue to do that. But yeah, let's express it in a way. And another cool thing I noticed is when I know I've, I've hit some lyrics that are really awesome, at least to me. They'll repeat and my ad with the melody over and over again throughout my day. And I know I have something. Oh wait. Now, keep that. I don't always like to delete things less than absolutely sure. How is it going to be? And so that's basically another verse. And if we follow the flow to another course and use the same rhyme scheme, Let's see how that turns out. 17. LWS Part 2 B: Now this song is structured in a certain way where, yeah, the courses are going to differ. That's not going to be the same course. Now it doesn't have to be like that. But for me, since I'm, I'm switched, since, you know, the way I'm doing the verses, the way the rhyme scheme is turning out. You know, I'm, you know, I don't know where I should go been around for so long in the same town time for a change. Since these, since these two lines don't rhyme here, I'm going to connect the rhyming with and with the chorus. And, and so since these two lines here, how it's going to be, it doesn't really rhyme with rearrange or this place, God lame. So I'm just going to give it its own chorus. Because for me that's what I like to do anyway, like to have as much lyrics as possible. So when you're going through the song, you just always something new. And it may not be mainstream, but it's just my style. You do it, you need to do for your style. So, but that's the reason why I'm creating another chorus because of the way that this rhyme rhyming is going. Okay? So if I'm going to team with the rise of rhyme schemes many times would be a lot of things. Alright, Let's just start pumping out stuff. I have. All I need. And I want the rhyme to come in sooner. Okay. Try another one. Okay. I wasn't I wasn't 16 when I moved to Germany as the first time I visited Germany though, I don't know, the team just kinda came in there. Gravity. Yeah, that rivals that works. I'll strike this out. Too far. I'm maybe okay. So I'll just take up this word. Yeah, syllables matter. Sky and say. It's okay. I like the Germany part. I like having a part of, you know, that. Travels and everything. So what else, what else do I want to say here? Some kinda reverting back. I'm at, I'm saying it feel a bit scared, how's it going to be? Then I could either go off to how I imagine it will be or kind of a reflection like I'm doing here. Okay? Okay. Okay. Now I'm thinking is you have to use your mind. Like, how does this make sense? I can say I'm not 16 when I first got a taste of Gemini or I was 16 when I first got Let's try it with was that it makes more sense better. At least if we're going to play this out. Sometimes you need to just play lyrics out to see where they're going and then decide if you like them or not. But I have to waste or I didn't waste any time making up my mind. See, it's just amazing how things can just flow out. And it's all about making connections, making connections with your flow, as well as seeing what your brain does in that flow with those connections. So we're getting there. I'm thinking, OK. Now it doesn't make sense if I've talked more like when I moved to Germany and not first time. So I was 23. Just moved germany. Okay. I see how we're going back things and the change. Now I will say I was not 23, I was 24. But sometimes you get what's called artistic licensor. I'm not sure mark coppice was 23 when he wrote, no one likes you when you're 23. Sounds goes a more lyrics and they're just try another line. Instead of this one. Civil comes out. Now that the story's going a bit differently. So I was 23. What do I do? I want to say I and I was like 10 years younger. Germany, 23 naive. Maybe. I don't know. Because I have a certain, I want to stick with the melody. When I first was not luck. Luck. Had to decide going with the IRA. I'm still all right. Well, I think this may be where I want to I want to end my songwriting session. Yeah, I think, I think the wave, the wave might I know gone. I'm not sure. But either way, I'm just going to take take a break. But you'd have we stop at this point for the day. We have we worked on that other cores here a little bit. And I haven't even thought of looking at this for that chorus, but we did come up with the second verse and we started the other chorus. Songs don't have that much more. I mean, we can write a bridge, we can write an outro. Let's see how it goes. But yeah, it's still feel pretty good. And now we'll, we'll go through what we have at the beginning of the next next session. So I hope you had fun. I hope you made progress if you're riding along with me and yeah. See you in the next session. 18. Golden Key #7: Lyric Warm Ups: Golden Key Number seven warmups. This warm up exercise will help you get into a state of channeling and creative flow well, at the same time working with the creative part of your brain. So let's begin pick and object in the room or person, you know. Then list all the words to come to your mind quickly and without thinking they don't all have to be about the main object. And, for example, the 1st 1 usually is about the main object, and then that word will make you think of another word. Now take those words and write random sentences with, um, try to have them enforce so either 48 or 12 sentences. Let's say you have eight. Arrange sentences into two groups of fours by deciding which ones make the most sense to go together at the end. See what you've done and perhaps put a couple quarts to them and voila! You have a couple of verses. It doesn't matter if they make much sense. You should be in a creative writing space at this point, and you should be feeling a sense of accomplishment, as we all do. Once we've created something because before it didn't exist. Take a look at my example. I started with radio, and I also made my sentences rhyme, which gets the rhyming muscle going. But you don't have to. So I started with the word radio, and then the word block popped in my mind and then knob and then dial and then show and then can. Then I thought of the word worm and then fish and then boat. And that's where I stopped. So I took each word and made a sentence for it. Block we block ourselves knob turning the knobs of fate Dial to dial Murder in the Sun Show showing what awaits Can can we survive this world? Worm or worms be what's left fish fishing for answers. Boat in a boat on a quest. Now what is great about this exercise is that the words you use can have more than one meeting and can be used as different parts of speech. For example, I use Ken, and I don't know how I jumped from show to can, but it just popped in my head. So I was thinking, originally a can as a noun, like a can of beans or a can of worms, but I used it as a verb. Can we survive this world? You this exercise a try and feel free to let me know how it worked for you in the discussions. Remember, this is to get you in a state of creative flow. So once you do this exercise and whether you use what comes out or not, whatever you right from that point forward should come through a lot easier. 19. Golden Key #8: Bating Your Lyrics: Golden Key Number eight. Baiting Your Lyrics Bait your lyrics with Melody. I can honestly say that ever since I discovered this technique, I've been using it to write every song since. However, for this tip, you have to already have some courts picked out for your song. You don't have to have the music for the whole entire song ready, but at least a Siris of cords for the verse or course. All right, so you have your cords, and the next step is to create a melody. As you're playing the chords, you can start to freestyle random words that don't make sense, or you can make them up completely as you're thinking of them or you sounds like locked. Ah, bah I personally just like random warrants. So next play the chords over and over again, experimenting with different melodies until you find when you're happy with, then sing the melody and start writing and singing the new lyrics as you come up with them . The lyrics should then come at full speed, and this technique works because you have the cord, the melody and the last thing is lyrics. What makes it work so well is that melodies actually bait or provoke the lyrics, meaning they bring them in more effortlessly and just coming up with them at a blue with a pen and paper even know the lyrics don't exist yet they lie metaphorically behind the melody so that when you bring in a melody the words air just behind the curtain, so to speak, give it a try. 20. Ask The Question: Hi guys. This video is called, asks the question. Now, this is a really cool tool that I have been using literally all last week with my creative projects as well as my lyrics. And that is that I noticed that when I got stuck either in the middle or were even when I'm first starting and I'm just unsatisfied with my work. I just look at it and it seems so uninspired. I noticed that if I asked myself the question, that it puts me on the path of the answer, the answer being the output. And these are two connected things, the question and the answer. And this is the bit metaphysics see, but, you know, that's the title of this channel. So yeah, you you can't have a question without an answer. Otherwise you would not be able to perceive up the question. And that's how that goes. So how do we apply this to lyric writing or songwriting? So when I'm, when I'm writing, I could say, what do I want to express right now? Or how would I like this to sound? What does that I would like to say? Now, you can give an answer. It can work that way where you say, well, I'd like it to sound more this way or that way, or I want this to be more dreamlike or you can be very specific. And the more specific you ask yourself the question, the more specific of an answer you will also connect yourself to. But you don't need to, in a sense do that. You can just ask yourself the question, how would I like this? Should go whatever I want to express, and then just do it, just write something, just play something. Because that in a sense is your answer. Yeah, I'm telling you guys this works really well for me. Not just with music, but doing videos. And it's like, well, what do I want to say? And it really does connect me to my flow state because that's where the answers are that I'm ultimately looking for. Because getting stuck can also come from this assumption that we already know how it's supposed to sound like. I think I have an idea of what this is going to be like or how it's going to sound. When really, I haven't, I myself have no idea how something's going to turn out. And when I assume that I do, I kind of limit myself and don't connect. And don't connect with my flow state, which basically delivers a surprise each time of how something is going to sound. But if you ask the question, you connect yourself to this space. Ultimately, it's asking the question is an invitation. It's an invitation to a connection to your flow state to where you wanna go. So give it a try. Just ask any type of question before you do something and just see what happens. And I'm really curious to see if this works for you guys as well. So please let me know in the comments. If you tried this and if it worked for you or not, asking the question is an invitation to an answer. I promise you that. So thanks for watching. See you guys soon. 21. Every Version Is Complete: Hi, enlightened lyric writers. This video is called every version is complete. Now, no matter what type of creative work we're doing, I think we can all agree that it involves a process of getting from 1 to another point. So starting off writing Inverse, ending up with a complete song or a complete recording. And lately, and my creative work, I noticed that I was getting frustrated in the process because I thought that, you know, wherever I was was wasn't where I was supposed to be or I wasn't liking how things are turning out or going along in the process. And there's a saying that art is never finished, it's only abandoned. So what does that mean? So it means, no matter at which stage we're at with our lyrics for songs. It means that each version that we're currently at is its own version. It's its own complete version of itself. And we're just going through all these different versions until we get to a point where we decide, okay, this is the version that I'm satisfied with and I'm going to leave it at. So this also means that every version is perfect for what it needs to be. It's like a flip book. And when you have a flip book, each page in the flip book is a perfect representation. It needs to be in the book as you go through it to get to the last page. And like the flip book, each version is connected to the next version. And that's how we go along to the point where we decide, okay, this is where I want to leave, even if we're not done, we walk away with a sense of completion. And not only do we walk away with a sense of completion, we're not judging our work. If these versions are perfect, It's not about it being good or bad. And therefore, we don't put judgment on it. Because when we put judgment on our work, which is basically an extension of ourselves that we're basically judging, judging ourselves indirectly, we're not, in a sense going for perfection. So I took this idea out of my mind immediately. This isn't about perfection of every versions perfect. It's about quality. It's about quality that represents that flow state. So think of it as a range of equality rather than perfection. And just on a personal note, not just with my music, but if we think about ourselves and how we are different every day. So it, it, it made, it really made me think that every version that I am is perfect. And it actually had a great impact on the way I think and maybe judge myself. So, so think about this when you're writing your songs and you're writing your lyrics. Every versions perfect. Till I get to the point where I decide, okay, this is the, this is the version that aligned to me the most as representative of my flow state and the quality I'm going for. And I'll leave it at that. So I really hope this video has helped or inspired you. If it did, please let me know in the comments I'd like to hear from you guys. See you soon. 22. LWS Part 3: All right, Welcome to our next song writing session. Where we continue what we started. Yeah, What I love about these, these are totally raw, uncut, non scripted. And I once again, our mind you, you can watch along and just look at my process and see what's going on. Or you can mute me and do your own songwriting process along with me, whatever suits you best. So let's see what we have here. Alright, we add two to complete songwriting sessions so far in the course, and I have to split them up because of their length. But but basically for me, I had one 15 minute session, 125 minutes sessions. So here's here's our third one. All right. So let's just recap what we got so far. So we have a verse. I go, I've been in change. And we have first chorus. This is a scan that and and then we had another course that we started. So yeah, we have stub there, but obviously it's not what we want at the end or early psychologists how I feel. And then we have second verse, second chorus. And I'm playing this for you guys again. And I know you've you've heard it going through these sessions, but but it's important to get, get that flow going, get back in that space of the song of this story. You're telling. Scanf to satisfy. So obviously the last two lines are kinda just placeholders. So that's what I want to work on right now. Okay. So let me, let me take this out. Get more space. All right. Okay, so for the chorus and make that a new color up. Can't see that. Alright, forget that. Alright. Alright, this course. Okay, that kinda works. Okay. You have to excuse the crunching. My cats eating apparently right now. So yeah, gold golden spotlights, spotlights and they get in your eyes, you're kinda blind, so light's bright, can work, work with that. Can sue. It's shin, line, shine. See, see this. It's just kind of the, the court, the chords and the value that I'm using, this part of the core set of strings along so it needs certain amount of syllables, but we kinda dedicated to it. The moment. Is ash, that's the best one. Straight editor we can use the other syllable. So what's great about the English language? So flexible, right? Gizmo and the likes to music. All right. It's what depends on long I hold on to straight edge. Sorry. He he he's a Maine Coon. He, he chirps, and he just loves when I play music. So in fact, it's kind of when I'm in the zone buying music. He makes noises like that side and hung doing something, right. All right. So it's definitely better than what it was before. I'll give it a give it one more, one more go. Think I was off a bit there. Okay. Got something else? From behind, straight into my eyes. So I behind. So i sound goes with life. It's got prime. I popped into my head. So rhyming words will just pop right in there S, It's good about them. Those connections are made pretty fast. Okay? So I'll stick with that. But obviously you could spend much more time on this and you can go back and you can just keep going and going. And, you know, our songwriting sessions are going by pretty fast. So I don't realize I'm an exam in the zone. I don't realize how much time is actually going by. And I don't want these videos to be too long, so, so I'm happy with that. All right, let's get rid of this line. So that's just a course we can use. So we call this call is chorus 1. Call this chorus two. Okay, verse 2. All right, so I'm crossing out these things are, I'm deleting things that I crossed out before. I kinda keep them just in case. But like right now and the feeling I just I just don't need them and I don't want to clutter up space. All right, let's work on this other chorus here. Let's write down what comes to life that time. So what I really want, what do I really want to say here? I'm reflecting back, and what I love about Lisa songs that I write is, is they all have some truth to me. They're all authentic. How many, how many songs do you hear with the word Germany in them? I only know. I only know two. And they're not by, you know, very well known bands so to speak. But I loved their uniqueness. I love hearing words that I normally wouldn't, wouldn't think of. And the ads, it's kind of very personal. But I want to say x n is 23. I really knew as I needed to get here. And that time first arrived. Okay. Well, I'll get rid of these other ones. I'm like I need them. And maybe I don't need this cause either it's kinda hard to squeeze in there. But I already have arrived here when I first arrived, when I first arrived. So yeah, that can happen is I don't want to repeat that. It's time to get on with life. Actually. This just as far as a this is awesome therapy, I have songs that I haven't really released or recorded. I'll probably do it anyway because I'm sir, that will serve someone. But mad writing songs is just great therapy and you've got to just really kinda just give up any expectations. And sometimes it actually turns out really well. Square to this. See what we got now. All right, so that, that works. But what's the last line? Before had I decided to rearrange this place, got lame. So it's kinda I had a repetitive thing. Could say I'm 33, 34. But you know what we said about the rhyming? Say okay, I just spit ball. I'm 33. I'm adds another syllable. I am not 23. That feels better to that just and make it look more, more poetic. So let's try that out with the ranking in the second verse. And then, yeah, I'll say that for our next songwriting recession that comes after. But it's been three songwriting sessions of less than 30 minutes each. And we have two verses, we have three chorus. Maybe we can arrange them in a way to use them. Ah, let's see. Next, I'd like to go to the bridge, so yeah, I'm going to take a break and I'll see you in the next session. 23. Golden Key #9: Escape To Focus: Golden Key number nine escaped to focus. This technique might sound a bit out of the box, but it's experimental, and when writing lyrics, you should not be afraid to experiment. It will definitely come in handy if you're writing, but you feel nothing. Specialists coming out. Just try this out for a few minutes, pick some chords or the cords you intend to use for your song. Play them over and over again until you've memorized them and they become pure muscle memory so you could even play them with your eyes closed. Now you're going to play them with your eyes closed a few times until you get into a nice rhythm. When you are ready, just start singing and see what comes out for me. I was able to produce a lot of lyrics this way, much more than if I sat down with a pen and paper. Although you may want to record the session because you will not remember everything. Ah, lot of creativity and inspiration is channeled through you during your times of writing. And you know this because it's only there for 10 seconds and then you can forget it very easily. Similar to forgetting your dreams when you wake up. So what increases the output of lyrics with his exercise? The first thing is that you're eliminating all distractions in the room. Any and everything can affect your thoughts, and I don't think you always want to write about your television or computer. Those everyday items distract you from inspiration because they trigger thoughts and those thoughts trigger other thoughts. And then you are no longer present, which is what creativity and inspiration require from you. Sunlight can come through if there are a lot of clouds. The second reason for increasing output is because you become more aware of how you feel internally. So now, with the external thoughts and distractions out of the way mawr emotions and subconscious material can surface. What you write about comes from the internal perspective of you anyway. So, in effect, you're just streamlining the whole process for yourself. 24. Golden Key #10: E-Motion (Energy In Motion): This is the 10th and last golden key to becoming a lyric writing machine. Emotion, energy and motion. Harnessing your current emotions. Writing songs convey emotional. However, this does not have to mean heavy emotions. But all kinds. The easiest way to produce the best lyrics is to use your current emotions. You can invoke other emotions, but then you should be a very skilled actor. I can't do that because I still feel like I'm lying to myself if I try to write a happy song when I'm actually kind of sad. In fact, sometimes when I'm upset, I grabbed my guitar and just start strumming and singing and believe it or not, great things come out of that that even rhyme. My only mistake is that I forget it right away. So let's start this exercise. Take a moment and focus on how you're feeling. Come into the present because you're always feeling some way. For some reason, no matter what you're feeling, it always wants a way to express itself externally and be a part of everything that is so to speak. Your emotions air riel, but always fleeting. So when you use them to write music it's easy to capture them. Emotions are energy in motion, and songs and music are also energy in motion. Do you see how it all connects? You can take a moment and fathom this theory, or you can dig in. Once you have a good sense how you're feeling. You can acknowledge it and turn it into music and lyrics. The music is taken from your mood and the lyrics that come out of you articulate how and why you're feeling this way, your emotions and how you're feeling. Don't lie. They are the truth. When you write from your truth, it's pure and sometimes even pure gold. What comes out can really surprise you, so please do yourself a favor and record your session or have that pen and paper at hand. 25. Let The Energy Build: Hello, enlightened lyric writers. I'm happy to bring you this video today called Let the energy build. Now, the reason why I'm creating this video is because I've encountered with my own lyric writing and other creative tasks such as doing vocals. That when I first start, I kinda want everything to be perfect as it comes out on the first take of writing or vocals or anything. And sometimes when you're in that connective flow state, this does happen, but often it doesn't. And the fact that I'm insisting, the fact that I'm insisting that it be perfect actually keeps me from moving forward. And it keeps me from building that connection with flow and with myself. Because that's can be the point of the process of writing to get in connection with yourself. So it is very important when you're writing to, just to keep going, right the first, first, write the second verse, right, the third verse. Now how many times my cats have stops me from doing this video? Multiple times. But I'm going to keep going because each time that I do, I'm building that energy, I am building that connection. And even if you have all the structure of the song filled out, you have something at the end of the day and you have a foundation that you can go back to. But this foundation is literal but also energetic. And this is what I've discovered recently. And it had been applying it to almost every project in my life, saying it's okay if it's not perfect. Because then I go back and I go to what's easy and what's obvious and avoid frustration pretty much because I can say all I can do that, I can rewrite another verse. I can rewrite another course or the bridge. That's fine. And then I have a couple and then I can build off of that. But the point is to let the energy build while you're doing it in completing things without insisting that they be perfect. Because the point is to get into flow and insistence kills flow. It takes you right after the flow because you're actually resisting the flow when you're insisting on something. So no matter what you're doing, I want you to keep moving throughout it. Don't stop too long. When you're when you're writing. Just keep going and keep going. You can go back and go back again and again. And let that energy built, let that connection of build. And then when you go back, you might find yourself writing and things actually being perfect and coming out the way you want them to, because you took the time and you build that state with the first drafts. And I recently applied this to doing vocals actually. So my voice wasn't that great. And I said, okay, let's just do the first. First. It sounds okay, okay, second verse chorus. Now what? Okay, Well, we could do some harmonies that's obvious and easy. Well, my voice isn't finding NIH harmonies very well. Well, how about low octaves? Okay, that's easy. I did that. And then as I did that easy task, I felt the boost my energy. And then I was able to perceive the next steps and it became, it was like stepping on a whole another platform. And it's just been crazy guys. I've not only applied this to individ to while I'm doing tasks, building the energy, but actually going from task to task. So writing lyrics, doing, doing recording, letting my energy bill going from task to task. And it is very exciting and it is made me happier. And again, my cats are interrupting this video. But I'm going to keep going because each tick that I do and now just leaving it is better than the last. And I'm connected more with my flow. And what I want to come up with needs to come out is just coming out automatically and authentically. And so just wanted to share that with you guys. I hope it has been valuable or helpful to you. And happy writing. 26. LWS Part 4 A: Hey guys, welcome to our fourth and last song writing sessions. I feel we're going to wrap this up. And yet has it actually hasn't been that long from the third one. Same stolen the same shirt because I'm still feeling it, I'm still feeling that flow. Sometimes it's just important to take a break, clear head, walk around and if you still feel it to get back into it. So that's what we're gonna do. So let's take a look at what we have. We have, we have a verse, verse one, chorus, one cores to verse 2, chorus, we'll call that three. And before I played for you guys, a bit of a bridge and then I was hitting that. I was going to go to un altro. So we're going to do two things here just to show what we can do. All right, Let's arrange this. I'm going to make this first one, course one. I'm going to take this verse 2 and then make this course two. And then, and then we have, after the second chorus, we have an instrumental bridge. And then of course 3. So, yeah, so we'll actually have three different courses for this one. And I could repeat one of these, but I'm just gonna see how this is a bit smaller so you can see, all right, so this, this could actually be a complete song. And like I said, having all different lyrics, nothing that repeats. Just kinda something I do. But it, it doesn't take away from the fact that it's a chorus because the chords are pretty much the same. And you can do whatever you want. So, so this is the version of this song, a version that I can choose later to throw out or keep. So let's go for it and learn to think I'm going to do in case I feel that it's too short, maybe needs more time. I think maybe our repeat chorus 3. And I'll just try some different melodies with that. Maybe a bit, a bit higher, like in a recording might be different harmonies and whatnot, but just playing it. I'll make some emphasis that it's different, that it's the end with that change. So here we go. Actually we don't have a title. It's first one that comes to mind is what's next. All right. So that's the name of our song. Here we go. So no, I should go. So that's it. For 23. A smile. Smile will soon be my new home. You know, I try maybe three on why that is. So fat, switch C and a fast scan. And you can do so much more than that. A couple of things that I might have changed. Is it maybe I noticed that in fit like this one. I couldn't fit all those words in there. I didn't think I fit that into there either. But let's say after the bridge that maybe it sounded going into the third verse. I don't know, maybe it sounded too rushed or and maybe that maybe use okay. And you can take other stuff. Like after after the bridge, you can just use single strumming like facts. I'm sweat, Janeway. You gotta, you gotta think you get the point though. So you can do anything like that to make it stand out or interesting. All right, well, we took a look at one finished version of the song. Now, let's do one more thing before we end our song writing sessions. And, And let's say, Let's say I don't want this third chorus. And let's say after the instrumental bridge, I want to make an outro with new lyrics. So much lyrics as possible. I love doing this. Altro. So this is what I got for my outro. So after the bridge. So something like that estimated that something that crossed my mind that earlier. So how do I want to edit this saw what? What do I want to finish up with? What's this summation of this I hope the wave isn't going. Okay. Add the melodies mixed up. My previous on inside my ego. Ladies. And that really goes to show you that melody does matter when you have the right melody, then the right words will just usually fall into place. So that's what happened just now. Now, self on, I want to keep that rhyme scheme going now. Now are getting there. Now start and that makes sense inside my cell. Anymore syllables. Now. I get it. I guess that works. So that is weird how that happens. 27. LWS Part 4 B: Hi guys. Just a quick note. Had a bit of a malfunction my computer camera, so I had to restart and set everything up again. But let's continue with our fourth song writing session. Yeah, we're almost done guys. So sad. And so that's something I know that I'll be fine. I know that it'll be fun fun rhymes, but has not there. I'm, I'm looking for. It's okay. But let's see what else comes out. Every and that got everything. Yeah, I got lost. And have a staff that works. Rhyme lies, but doesn't say true to my stories. I haven't lost anything, only gained since nine states. So does this surprise myself? Come up with broad move on abroad? And that works because on an odd sound similar and n and d consonants data, they make the same, they have the same. It's the same tongue position. So that's why that works. And also I know that I'll be fine because you can take from the vowel or consonant, or you can do both. That's what's great about the English language. Now, it's about what one do I prefer, what one makes sense, but that's a way to give yourself more options. So you're not just, so it doesn't have to be like on or I'm just on, gone. Dawn like it really doesn't have to be that rigid. So English language is all about flexibility. Have these three go for one more. And I just said he's gone, but it didn't occur to me before. I mean, if it works, use it. Okay. So they have like four options too. Now that, that suits really well, not gonna lie. That works. I mean, it's kind of like matter of fact. So let's get rid of I know. I'll be fine. Everything. I got the side. Normally you can take your time. But to me, the thing is like I feel like I'm already abroad and I'm just going to a different abroad that I'm here, I'll be gone. That's kinda like let's kind of leaves me with a kinda sad tone. So that's not what I'm looking for. Okay. Before we decide on that, I wanted to just point something else out. That here I'm basing all these lines and once I once I deleted yeah. I'm basing all these lines off of this because that's how the rhyme scheme seems to be flowing and basing it all off on. So at some point I could maybe get stuck and think, oh, I've come up with, There's, there's no more that I can think of, at least in this moment. But if they're all based on, on, then if you actually change this line, that you can have a whole, a whole another lines or option of lines that you can base off that one. So for example. Okay, so to move on, I sat with everything, every thing that I choose to brain to bring into B. Okay, I where x, but what makes the most sense fits in with the rest of the song. That works to be. So. Yeah, let me just pick one API call to that side mice. They choose to be. Okay. I'm going to stick with that one. I just think it makes the most sense. Everything called deep inside myself. With everything. Does that really make sense? It doesn't always have to make sense, but I don't know, I just need to make sense to you. Called deep inside myself and everything and everything that I choose to be that works. So that was just to prove a point. And it actually coincidence me, coincidentally, that leads me to something I was going to suggest. Suggests anyway. So if I move these down here and let's say one to bring this back to move on. So deciding carrying myself abroad. Just sounds cooler. I'm sold abroad. Makes sense to me. Okay. Now it's going to say with this outro, like you you've heard it. I played it like a dozen times. So so couple of things I can do when I get to that after the bridge is I can either repeat it. If there's time and I'm pretty sure there is. I think it's pretty short song. Or if we want more lyrics and I love more lyrics, we could actually create another set of lyrics for this, which we kind of did. But you know what? I'm going to take the beginning too. Because they don't all have to be different. So it's, it's kind of, I think it's kinda cool when you, when you use some of the same lyrics but then switch it up. It's kinda like a cool surprise. Sad. No, It's else you could do is if you have another person or recording, you can sing one and then the other person can sing the other one on top of it or slightly delayed. That is really cool. A sad thing. It's close enough. All right. So yeah, that's, that's that's it. That's our second version of the song. So I'll just move this. So it was not using that second version of the song. So let's see how it goes. Here it is. What's, what's next for lyrics version two. So the next slide. Yeah. The skin. How how we describe the CDS. So no, I had to true. Sad mindset. A z inside. What do I sign that cause sag. I carry myself and Cloud CDN side mindset. And the applicants use the nice. So what's version do you like? Do you like the first version when we had verse chorus, verse 2, chorus 2, and we had the bridge. And then we went to this third course here. So did you like that more or or did you like having this outro here? I personally like the outro because it's switched it up. But either way, we have a lot of lyrics for this song and a couple of different versions. So that's pretty amazing when you think about this has only been four songwriting sessions. And if you average them together, it's about 20 minutes or so per sessions. So imagine, like if you did that for your daily practice, a few times a week, doesn't have to be every day, but yeah, I'm just still surprise myself like how much I can get done. If you know, you just you just make time for it. But also remember it's so important that you recognize like when you the difference between getting stuck and riding a wave. So when you get stuck there's little bit of resistance, frustration. And to get through that, you just put down whatever's there. And frankly, just as I go, I just put down whatever's there, validate it. And, you know, when you've written a wave, you'll know it, you'll have this kind of feeling of relief and just kinda set up for the next thing in your day. So this is my practice and I'm very happy to share it with you. I'm very happy that if you watch me do all these sessions, so thank you. I appreciate it. Or if you had me on mute the whole time and you were working on your own lyrics. That's great as well. That also supports me of those minutes are going, you know. So so yeah, this has been a lot of fun and you don't often get to see your favorite artists when they're sitting down writing, kinda think these geniuses are, you know, art work and it just comes out perfectly when really it's just getting into that connection. Spit balling things, playing the cores like over and over and over again, just seeing what comes out. And if you noticed here, first two, I'm searching for a new home. I said my new home. And that actually makes more sense in terms of how I'm feeling and matches literally came out. And that's how this process works. That's how the enlightened process works for lyric writing. So I won't go on anymore. Yeah, Anytime you guys want to do sorry. Anytime you guys want to do a song writing session with me, just bring up these videos and do your thing. Why do mine? So yeah, thank you so much and happy writing. 28. TT: Enjoying The Process: Hi. This is Adam coming at you with another titanium tip. I'm calling, enjoying the process. So I'd like to share with you in this video is something I've learned. Not only that applies a song writing, but life in general and that is process is the point. The reason we write songs is to grow and expand beyond ourselves and who we were and to express our emotions and how we feel and think about things. Did you ever notice whether you were writing a song or playing it on stage or your recording that that expansion, that growth, that feeling good is in that moment? And when the moments over No, that's it. So I noticed. Noticed this when I was writing and recording songs that I would feel this expansion while I was doing it. And then once the song was done and recorded, I shared it and that was it. Time for the next thing. Another way that I thought about. This was this past summer. I finished recording about five songs and was going to release Anne Pay, and part of me was saying, I'd like to get this out as soon as possible, so people can listen to it and I can say I wrote another five songs and then and then share that people say all good job But then I thought, Hey, maybe the quality could be better. And then I thought to myself, Well, I'll have to pay someone to master it. What? Not so what? I did waas. I went on YouTube and I found music Help Tech Guy. I think he's called And he showed me that I had everything to make My song sounds great, like studio quality at everything at my fingertips. I just didn't know how to use it. So I took the time. I took 1 to 2 weeks and I went through his videos and I stopped and I pause and I went through my songs and I tell you, it was a great experience. I felt so much growth, and I felt so powerful within myself that I had this knowledge, and with a few clicks I made things sound a lot clear. And then I thought, Well, okay, then I'll just delay it because it's worth having my songs sound this clear this this great quality and once they're put out anyway the process is done, that the growth is done now. I encountered this before when I would write a record, and I think, uh, I just want to be done. I just want to be done forgetting that the process is the point. And if I stay in the present moment and enjoy his process, get myself into a state of flow and take action from that state, bringing that song through is actually the highest joy that I that we have. When we do that and once it's done, it's great. And at that point that process has served you in your growth and the finished product will serve someone else. And that's how this exchange works. So I thought that was something really interesting and it changed the way I thought. Well, when I was writing music and I would get frustrated with myself, I began to have more fun and just relax and was in the moment when I was writing and recording or performing. And, you know, it's like when you read a book you really like, and you don't want it to end, but you keep going through it faster and faster. That's what this was for May. So I like to remind you as well to remember that this is this is a process and the process is the point. It's where the growth and expansion is of yourself. And when we connect to that space and pull it through, pull our energy through, it can provide so much joy. So that is all I wanted to share with you in this titanium tip. Keep writing. Enjoy the process on. I'll talk to you soon by. 29. TT: What Does It Mean To "Nail" Lyric Writing?: Hi everyone. This is Adam coming at you with a another titanium tip. And we're going to call that how to nail songwriting. And this was an inspired idea that I had because I get messages from people about my course improvements or what they liked about it. And I usually respond on the wall, but I thought, why not make a video about it because it's an important topic. So I'm just going to read you what they wrote to me. And Mark says I was less interested in the technical aspects of songwriting as it seemed fairly self-explanatory, at least in terms of pop music. I did find it interesting that I do most of these things instinctively, but I'm more interested in those songwriters that I feel really nail lyric writing whose lyrics are simple but achingly familiar and can infer complexities. I also think the author should branch out of the pop punk space a bit more as most of the lyrics used in the lesson are kind of banal and lacking something. I guess I was looking for some answers and how the more artistic of lyricists pull it off. And if there are tricks, they use. A bit of a knock at my favorite genre, but that's okay. So the point that I would like to share with Mark and everybody is that there. I want to say there is no such thing as nailing lyric writing. There are no tricks. What I've given you in these videos and in these courses directs you to hear. Because if you want to nail songwriting or lyric writing, you nail it in here. Because it's subjective. Just because a song is Love by millions of people doesn't mean they nailed it. It just means it resonated with a lot of people. So what your job is to do is to make sure that when you write, you write from your heart, you express yourself. And you put yourself in a space where you have this flow. And you see what comes out of that. Our clever lyrics are expressions that maybe you never thought of before. And when you nail it for yourself, then it'll resonate with other people on that same level. Because all the songs that I write and I record to me, I nailed it. I nail those lyrics. I think they're clever. I think they're insightful, inspiring, passionate. And the other people that resonate with that resonate on the same level as me. And they sense that I nailed it really because I'm writing for myself and I know when I personally nailed it and I'm happy and I'm really excited by the lyrics and I want to share it with everybody. That's how I know. And that's how you can know to now he said that he did most of these things instinctively. The golden keys and the message that I've shared dot connecting to yourself or making, writing and everyday practice. But that's the thing it directs. There are no external, well, you can't have external tools and there are some exercises, but really it's all about connecting here. Connecting here, getting yourself to a space of that connection, tapping into that greatness you have inside you. And then in that state, expressing the song, expressing yourself from that state. And because nailing it is a state, it's a, it's a feeling. And it can express the cell, express itself in many different ways. So that's what I'd like to share on this topic. So I really appreciate the message Mark sent me. And I hope it helps all of you or inspired you. And I appreciate it because it makes me look at these topics and think, well, how can I think about this in a different way that I never thought about it before. So this was fun. Thank you. And I'll talk to you soon. Bye. 30. A Personal Message From Me:-): right. I don't want to say hi . This is Adam. I want to thank you again for taking my course wherever you found it. And as a treat or surprise, I'd like to share something with you. I'm about to share with you a song and music video that I created recently because I think it would be good for you guys to know who I am and what my life is about and how I express myself. So you know that I live by the principles that I'm teaching. And I'm so grateful that you have been watching my videos and taking my courses, that this is another way I can get back. So and I also want to say something else because writing this song was challenging for me in a way that it had me tap into sections of myself, tapping the emotions of love and appreciation that I never tapped and do before. So I wrote it thinking about how I appreciate my life and my friends and my family and how much I love them. And before it was challenging for me to express that so openly. So besides this, I also wanted to demonstrate to you that I wrote this recorded this and produce this myself , spending very little money because if you're a songwriter, I assume that you also want toe make videos and recordings. And I got so much out of it, not just from writing this song and in the, um, the therapeutic sense of writing it, but also recording it myself and logic and I mixed and mastered it, and all I did was I went to YouTube and I found a music help tech. I think that's what it is. And he showed me that I had everything I needed in logic to make my songs sound great. And before I was making excuses, I just put him out as is, or I need to pay someone to do it. But it was fairly easy to learn how to use compression and eq you and some other things. And after that, I went out with a friend with a five year old HD video camera that I had lying around and we went out and we shot it for two hours, got a bit of sunburn, but we had so much fun doing it, and then even afterwards, I took that and a bunch of videos from my phone and I did the post production and editing process in Can't Asia myself, and it was just amazing. I got so much from that experience that kept taking it from the level of writing it to recording it, to making a video and editing it and then sharing it as far and wide as I could. And I want you to have that, too. So this is an expression of that. This is an insight into my life and when you know that I appreciate you so much and sit back and enjoy all I ever wanted. 31. All I Ever Wanted Video: I mean them every way with no conditions Mine frieze my life way I mean, every condition my way. Thank you Way No being in my life to this right expects Speak. I mean, with everything. Wait a no frieze thing I've ever one way I am right.