Object writing

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What is object writing?

Object writing is using a particular object as the basis of your song. It can be inanimate, or a living thing. Once the object is chosen, it is important to consider using ALL of the senses:


Sight What does it LOOK like? (Shape/form, physical features etc.)

Sound What does it sound like? (White noise, screeching etc.)

Taste How does it taste? (Bitter, citrusy, sweet etc.)

Feel What does it feel like? (Hard, fluffy, soft etc.)

Smell What does it smell like?

Emotions/feeling How does it make YOU feel? What does it make you think of?

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Why do we use object writing as a technique?

  • To help unpack every possibility in a lyrical presentation
  • To highlight key points in a narrative and connect them (Make sure the verses connect in some way)
  • Consciously inform the musical arrangement. (We have the feel of the lyrics. What should the accompaniment sound like?)
  • To give ourselves some constraints with our writing instead of doing too much (Too many options etc.)
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The overall connection between lyrics

Progression: An introduction to change, a shift in the song

Repetition: The Chorus. Name, place, person or emotion.

Reflection: As progression occurs, there is comparative analysis to fixed points.


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The Structure of songs

Verse 1:  Set the scene/tone


 CHORUS FORM (Repetition)

 Verse 2: Shift in narrative

 CHORUS FORM (Repetition)

 Verse 3: Action/communication/resolution

 CHORUS FORM (Repetition)

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How do the audience connect with the song?

Everyone translates songs in some way, it does not matter if they have the true meaning or not. This is because the audience are subconsciously trying to connect with the song and give it their own meaning. This is created by powerful songs that resonate with meaning; they encourage the shift from NEUTRAL observer to PARTICIPANT, a bit like an engaging film or video game. (Remember, we’ve all heard a song that has made us cry or laugh)


Everyone’s experiences with EVERYTHING EVER are unique (Nobody sees colour the same way etc.) However, we can relate to each others experiences – Observations are drawn from the senses as well as the narrative.

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