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CSN Songwriting Challenge #2--Analyze your favorite song
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Idea inspired by Neil Sleevi:

Choose a popular Christain song that you like--maybe your favorite.
Take notes, written or mental, on the following:
Analyze it's structure:
-the order and number of verses, chorus, bridge, tags etc.
-number of lines in each
-rhyme pattern in each
-meter and foot of each (rhythmic pattern)
Poetic Meter
Poetic Foot
Purdue's Online Writing Lab

Consider how the artist developed each of the verses from the main theme. And how each section is developed from its sub theme.
-note any poetic devices employed.
-note the hook and where it is placed, how it is used.
-what works for you about the song? What grabs your attention.
-why do you think this song is so popular? Does it touch on common human experience? Does it tell a good story in an interesting way? Etc.

Now set the song aside and using your notes endeavor to write a completely new and unique song on a completely different topic applying as many of the principles you gathered from your favorite song.

Called to, "Teach the word of the Lord; sing it to the nations loud and clear."
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#2
So, the song I am analyzing is How Many Kings by Down Here.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9HodA8jUCk
I think it is brilliantly written!


Quote:Verse 1
Follow the star to a place unexpected
Would you believe after all we've projected
A child in a manger
Lowly and small, the weakest of all
Unlikeliest hero, wrapped in his mother's shawl
Just a child. Is this Who we've waited for?

Chorus
How many kings stepped down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
How many Gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that has torn all apart?
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?

Verse 2
Bringing our gifts for the newborn savior
All that we have whether costly or meek
Because we believe
Gold for his honor and frankincense for his pleasure
And myrrh for the cross hell suffer
Do you believe, is this Who we've waited for?
Its who we've waited for


Chorus
How many kings stepped down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
How many Gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that has torn all apart?
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?


Not sure what this would be considered?
All for me
All for you
All for me
All for you

Sarah's Observations:
I labeled the major segments in the quote above:
Verse 1: 6 lines
Chorus: 6 lines
Verse 2: 6 lines +1
Chorus: 6 lines
Extro: 4 lines


I highlighted the rhyme and lack thereof on lines one and two of verse 2--that was surprising!  So I'm wondering why I don't notice the inconsistencies in rhyme scheme?  Hmmm.  Maybe because "meek" is a near rhyme to "believe" that follows so it satisfies?

Rhyme Scheme for verses and chorus:
A
A
-
B
B
-

I underlined the repetitions
I note the repeated contrasting but similar lines at the end:
All for Me
All for you
All for me
All for you

Also the repeated theme but varied aspect in lines three and six of both verses:
A child in a manger...Just a child
Because we believe...do we believe

The song is in 3/4 time (a waltz feel) automatically providing a natural foundational rhythm of stress, unstress, unstress

The author makes strong use of questions.

Called to, "Teach the word of the Lord; sing it to the nations loud and clear."
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#3
Do you mean Downhere? I love that song too!!!
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#4
Yup! edited accordingly--thanks!

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