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Subject: Songs of Summer


Welcome to another edition of Songsalive! SONGNOTES, our regular newsletter for everything you need to know about the craft and business of songwriting.

There have been many songs written about summer. Have you written a song about summer? If you haven't, give it a try! If you have, try, try again! Think of it as your songwriting challenge for the next two weeks. If you are a Pro Member, share it with us and the rest of our members in our Backstage portal on our SHOUTS page.

In this edition of SONGNOTES, as always, we have many Songshop opportunities, much news, and more information about our upcoming events!



Songshop opportunities

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New Songsalive! Songshop Leads for Pro Members:

  • Ardent Label Open to Submissions
  • Music Library Seeks Songs From Singer/Songwriters
  • Established LA Film Composer Seeks Creative/Post Assistant ASAP
  • Music Library Seeks Music From Artists and Composers For Film/TV

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Songsalive! Sponsored Event: SYNCSUMMIT HOLLYWOOD, November 9-10, 2016

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SongsaliveU Article

Keep Them Guessing: How to Write Lyrics That Have Dual Meanings

The best songs that have dual meanings keep people guessing even after several replays and combing through the lyrics. Some of your lyrics can come close to revealing the true meaning but still maintain the mystery. If you’re able to do this, you could generate quite a buzz.

Songwriters have been writing lyrics with double meanings for a long time. Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ‘69” was certainly not about the season.

More recently, The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” has been likened to, albeit unconfirmed, taking cocaine. Even Rihanna has used thought-provoking lyrics in songs such as “Shut up and Drive.”

Many more examples come to mind as it relates to song lyrics that produce ‘ah-ha’ moments or caused you to raise an eyebrow wondering “…is that line saying what I think it means?” But have you ever thought about doing it too? Here are a few tips:

Think about a suitable overall theme

What do you want the song to be about? Most songs with double meanings often have undertones relating to sex, violence, death, addiction, or even intense love. The trick is to make it subtle.

Give your song a seemingly insignificant topic

Think about a topic that no one would consider to be typical for a song, such as: a type of drink, an electrical device or tool, even a household chore (the possibilities are endless). Using a topic that doesn’t seem significant will make the listener underestimate the intention of your song before it hits home.

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Upcoming Songsalive! Events

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Tuesday, July 12
New York Songsalive! Showcase & Open Mic

Wednesday, July 13
Chicago Songsalive! Songwriters Workshop

Sunday, July 17
Los Angeles Songsalive! Songwriters Workshop

Tuesday, July 19
Orange County Songsalive! Showcase
New York Songsalive! Showcase & Open Mic

Tuesday, July 26
New York Songsalive! Showcase & Open Mic

Saturday, July 30
Orange County Songsalive! Songwriters Workshop
Songwriters Saturday Night Live Los Angeles
Chicago Songsalive! & GoGirlsMusic Bi-Monthly Showcase


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featured Songsalive! event

CHICAGO - July 13th Chicago Songsalive! Songwriters Workshop

TOPIC: Songwriting Craft 101 - Basic Songwriting Principles & Techniques

Learn the basics of songwriting. What makes a good song? What are some beginning techniques? What can you do to overcome writers block?

Hosted by Songsalive! Director of Operations and Chicago Chapter Coordinator, Mary Lemanski


WHEN: Wedesday, July 13, 2016

TIME: Starts 6:00 PM SHARP. Ends at 8 pm. Please be on time.

1050 Curtiss Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515

COST: Free to the public!



Although not required, please RSVP in order to be considered for a song critique by 11:45 PM Tuesday before the workshop.



“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


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