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Writing Love Songs

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We all have those songs, the ones we turn to when love goes sour or when we feel ourselves falling for someone new. Maybe you’ve even tried your hand at writing about love yourself. It can be a challenging topic, whether you’re writing an “I Saw U” ad for that person you spied across a crowded room, or trying to encapsulate your deepest feelings in a letter to the person who broke your heart.

Writing a love song meant for public consumption adds another layer of complexity to the challenges of putting intimate feelings on paper. And yet, it might be the most popular topic for song-writers. 

The love song has infinite variations in every genre. What makes them so compelling? How do songwriters keep coming up with fresh ways to describe the complex, yet universal, feeling of love?


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