Episode 26 - Deconstructing Lyrics - The Pop Song Professor
We all know that lyrics make up a huge part of the music we listen to. While some listeners might not even pick up on lyrics, others like to have a good rummage to find out deeper meanings to musical compositions. In walks The Pop Song Professor, aka Clifford Stumme. Clifford has built his brand, podcast and YouTube channel on deconstructing popular songs and trying to figure out what was going on in the minds of the writers. We learn that some artists and songwriters are a lot smarter than we give them credit for while others are missing out on a trick or two by not spending much time on their lyrics.
Timings are estimates
- 01:54 - What Clifford does.
- 02:57 - Clifford’s background.
- 03:40 - First song that was deconstructed.
- 04:31 - When Clifford realised that people were interested in his work.
- 07:55 - Genius.com
- 08:37 - When Clifford started.
- 09:25 - The Importance of lyrics to a song.
- 10:22 - Thoughts on Katy Perry’s latest album.
- 14:45 - How to write pop song lyrics.
- 16:10 - Artists that do a good job in constructing a song.
- 17:50 - Songs that sound mediocre, but are deep when you deconstruct it.
- 19:44 - Songs that are weak but successful.
- 24:20 - Thoughts on Mumble Rap.
- 28:55 - The fall of music.
- 30:40 - Book: The Song Machine: How to Make a Hit.
- 32:40 - Passive listeners vs Active listeners.
- 36:40 - Advice to songwriting.
- 37:50 - How to deal with competition?
- 39:50 - Finding balance in life.
- 42:27 - Book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
- 43:48 - What is a successful artist?
- 45:55 - How the Weekend writes lyrics.
To find out more about Clifford and what he does check out the links below.
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