Contrast Two Emotions: Beauty & Terror
I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.
Contrast is a form of conflict which creates tension and interest in your songwriting.
You can contrast multiple elements of your song:
- Contrast music with lyrics
- Contrast within music
- Contrast within lyrics
Tom Waits is talking about contrasting music and lyrics:
- beautiful melodies / terrible things
But you can also contrast beauty and terror within the music and within the lyrics.