Breaking Lyric Rules

Feb 16, 2021


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Songwriting rules are meant to be broken, as long as you’re doing it on purpose! Learn some ways to creatively and intentionally break rules in ways that work with Hall of Fame Songwriter Tom Shapiro.

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Tom Shapiro

Tom Shapiro began his career as a pop songwriter, but he became a dominant country music writer in the 1980s, ultimately scoring more than 50 Top 10 country hits. Shapiro is a four-time BMI Country Songwriter of the Year winner, and he was NSAI’s Songwriter of the Decade for the 1990s. His is among the defining voices in modern country songwriting.


Marty Dodson

Clay Mills

Featured Song: 

“Whiskey Business”

Ceri Earle

Steve Smentek

Susan Simonson


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