January 2016

Repeat After Me

Repetition sounds simple, but its role in good songwriting is invaluable.

Watch the official video for Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”:

Watch the Elizabeth Margulis’s insightful TED Talk, “Why We Love Repetition in Music”:

The following is an example of a motive and completed sequence in three steps.

1.
Motive1

2.
Motive2

3.
Motive3