What is Alliteration and How Can it enhance Your Songs?
Alliteration is a fancy literary term that refers to words in close closeness to each other in a line starting with the same consonant sound. use it to make your lyric lines and titles more catchy. When you’re trying to catch the ear of a song publisher, that’s a very good thing.
Here are a few song titles that use the technique effectively: “Back in Black” (has two B’s at the beginning of two different words), “I Like It, I Love It” (two L’s) and “Take It To Town” (3 T’s).
You can also use it in lyric lines “… and the memory made me” (3 l’s).
observe that it’s the same sound that matters, not the consonant. “As a Phoenix Flies” would qualify due to the “f” sound of the “ph” in Phoenix resonating with the “f” in flies.
Sometimes alliteration just happens, but more often, it’s contrived. Play with some possible titles with alliteration in mind and you’ll quickly come up with something you can build a song around. Or go by an existing lyric and replace bland lines with alliterated ones.
The fact you’ve read this far indicates you may be new to the idea of crafting a song as opposed to letting only emotion excursion your work. sometimes the muse will give you a gift but most songs you hear on the radio have lyrics that have been deliberately crafted and re-written, already if the song started as a simple outpouring of emotions.
Knowing how to use techniques such as this one will give you options and may already pass by slowly into your subconscious and become part of all your future work.
There are numerous lyric techniques you can insert that will move your song out of the “every line is a cliche” category. When you craft a lyric aim for fresh, aim for creative, aim for sparkle, aim for genius!
Why bother to write, rewrite and polish your lyric until it shines? Because if you don’t craft your lyric it may well be nothing more than cliche after cliche which is the music publisher’s kiss of song death as your MP3 or CD heads to its grave in the nearest trash can, be it a physical one or the trash can on their computer desktop. They can’t make money from boring lyrics.
Don’t overuse alliteration, it’s not the best choice for every line or in every song necessarily. It’s just one more tool to add to your songwriter’s box of tricks.