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Nothing is impossible when you have imagination´ - Michael Law

The Making of a Pop Song

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Nothing is impossible when you have imagination´ - Michael Law

A pop song is derived from pop music which is usually understood to be commercially recorded music. It is often youth-oriented and it consists of relatively short, simple songs but with technological innovations. A pop song is intended to encourage dancing or it uses beats or rhythms that are dance-oriented. Michael Law, a songwriter and vocalist from Adelaide, Australia, grew up with an inclination to music especially in the pop genre. Now, with over 10 years experience in songwriting, he has produced excellent pop songs like Devil Woman and Terrified . With Michael Law, the purpose of writing a pop song is to make listeners get hooked to the song as much as possible in a span of 3 to 4 minutes. A pop song basically needs familiarity, variety, and of course, a hook. Michael Law does not want his listeners to get bored with listening to his songs. The important elements to remember in writing a pop song are melody, chord progression, beat and rhythm, genre and style, concept, hook , lyrics, song sections, arrangement, and length. These are the common threads that make a song successful. In the making of a pop song, Michael Law brought variety to the song. But he did not work on too much variety. If a song had a structure, A-B-C-D, with each letter representing an individual section in the song, the listener should get that familiarity as the song progresses. But the song should get the listener s attention and get him hooked. Michael Law uses the general structure for a pop song which is verse chorus verse chorus bridge chorus or A B A B C B. Even though the repeating sections A and B adds to the listener s familiarity of the song, the addition of C section gives variety to the song. The structure is very effective because it has been test-proven by many great pop icons like Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Prince. The hook is carried because the lyrics stay the same each time a particular section is sung by the singer. Other types of pop song structures are: y y y A A B A B C B A B C A B C D chorus bridge chorus) A B A B C A B

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Michael Law has released two debut albums Sonic Revolver and Self Perception using the skills and techniques he had acquired in writing pop songs. No wonder his songs Devil Woman and Terrified are hits. But one should remember that the structure alone does not make a song popular. The listener has to get hooked to the song through the chorus section.

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