Here is a clever little video by 12tone titled The Anatomy Of A Song in which he outlines his definitions of verses, choruses and bridges while at the same time sketching what he is saying on manuscript paper in fast motion.
What I particularly like this video is that it goes through the “why” of verses, choruses and bridges rather than just goes through the “how” of implementing these song elements.
What’s a verse? Ok, it’s a silly question, but… well, is it, though? As theorists, it’s important to understand not just the form of something, but also its function, and that goes for song structure too. Why do we use verses? What’s the point of a chorus? When should we use a bridge? What roles do they serve, and how do they help us make better art?
Below is a video in two parts that shows songwriter Zosia Boczanowski using a variation of a mind map to create her hit song “Monday” which went on to have some success being placed on the MTV show The Hills.
Personally, I think this video series is one of the best around about the subject of using the concept of mind mapping as part of your songwriting process. What do you think?
Below is a video of a skit performed by Australian musical comedy act Axis Of Awesome.
This video clearly demonstrates how important song lyrics and vocal melody are in writing and how the song arrangement (in this case it’s the chord progression E B C#m Aor, I V vi IV in the key of E) is a foundation in which the lyrics and melody of the featured songs are built upon.