The Best $12.91 You Will Ever Spend (A Book Review)

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Trying something a little different today.

I am going to give you a quick review of one of my favorite books.

Writing Better Lyrics – By Pat Pattison, which I can buy on Amazon Prime for less than $13. That is an incredible value.

Note: I have no affiliation with Pat Pattison

Background:

So who is Pat Pattison? Pat is an instructor at the illustrious Berklee College of Music, a school that has launched the careers of countless famous musicians.

I am going to jump into it. As you can probably already tell, I love this book, and recommend it for all songwriters. That said, there are still some areas where I think it could be better.

This review will be split into two sections: The Good and The Bad. Simple as that.

The Good:

  • This book is DENSE in the best way. There is an insane amount of useful information, exercises and examples in here. I have read the book three times and have uncovered something new each time through.
  • Pat’s writing tone is easy to understand and non-technical. You really don’t need any music theory knowledge to digest the material. The book is very user friendly.
  • The Activities. The book includes countless activities, tips, and worksheets you can use to build a process around your songwriting.  So even if you don’t feel like rereading the book, you can always go back through and do the exercises. You will be amazed at the results.

The Bad:

  • A lot of the activities are targeted towards groups. This is a minor complaint, because part of Pat’s point is that writing shouldn’t have to be an isolating activity, even though sometimes the subject matter may be very personal. That said, many songwriters are alone in their rooms, so the group activities can be tough.
  • The examples are outdated/not pop songs. A lot of the examples used in Pat’s book are a little out dated. They still work to get his methods across, but it would be nice to see some contemporary music examples included too. Also, Pat references a lot of folk, rock, art pop music, but does not dive into too many examples out of  mainstream pop.

Anyways, minor complaints aside, this book is EVERYTHING. I am not kidding when I say almost everything I have learned about songwriting either came from this book, or from an extension of the methods here.

For $13 dollars, this is one the best things you can buy to help your songwriting, if not the best!

Trust me, buy it, read it, read it again, and again. You will not regret it.

Yours in putting the pen to the paper,

Peter