I love lyrics. You know how the people who’re really musically inclined go crazy about a certain riff or whatever? I go crazy about a certain phrase in the lyrics. Other people shout out song titles the moment they hear the start of the melody; I usually need to hear the start of the lyrics.
It’s a pain to be musically UN-inclined when I love singing this much. And the lyrics.
How do you improve your writing, anyway? Sometimes, I feel trapped in a spluttering, inarticulate human shell. I grasp all the emotions I wanna convey, the emotions I wanna arouse in readers, but no words apt enough to weave that tapestry. I listen to Bon Jovi and beyond the beautiful melody, of course, I am moved by the picture he paints with his lyrics. It’s not the words per se, but how he strings them together and the recognition you get when you understand the meaning of the phrase.
It’s what Drew Barrymore said in Music and Lyrics: “A melody is like seeing someone for the first time. The physical attraction. Sex. But then, as you get to know the person, that’s the lyrics. Their story. Who they are underneath.”