Writing Great Song Lyrics” is a concise and accessible journey through the techniques and “tricks of the trade” that Allan has developed during a very successful 30-year career as a songwriter in Australia. It also contains a number of Allan Caswell’s lyrics, which are stripped down, to explain creating and using the hook, rhyme schemes, imagery and the thought processes that went into creating them. Price includes postage.
As Allan explains “I had been running songwriting workshops for a number of years without being able to find a workable text book. I wrote Writing Great Song Lyrics to give me access to one … I can teach you things in 5 minutes that took me , or the people who showed me, 20 years of trial and error to learn”
Many of the songwriting techniques Allan uses in the book were developed as part of his work with The Australian Children’s Music Foundation where he works with kids in juvenile detention and special schools as a means of focussing their creativity.
He later found that these techniques worked as an effective, all purpose approach for anyone who wanted to create original, well crafted songs.