Contrast Two Emotions: Beauty & Terror - The Songwriter's Life

Contrast Two Emotions: Beauty & Terror

Contrast Two Emotions: Beauty & Terror

I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.

Tom Waits

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.

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