Rhyme Revolution 2017 Day 11 ~ Deborah Underwood ~ Musicality of Words

Ever hear music in your head when writing in rhyme? Well, you should! Deborah Underwood shares this important rhyming advice in today’s Rhyming Revolution post. Great stuff Angie and Deborah!

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Musicality of Words

by Deborah Underwood

For many years, I sang with a chamber choir that performed new compositions. This was a joy—and sometimes a challenge. On occasion, we’d sing through a newly-composed piece for the first time and it would be obvious that the composer was used to writing for instruments, not voices.

The giveaway? The word stresses and the musical stresses didn’t align, making the text difficult to sing.

If you tap out the musical beats while singing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” you’ll see that the beats line up with the accented syllables of the words. Because of this, singing the song is natural and easy:

ROW, ROW, ROW your BOAT, GENT-ly DOWN the STREAM
Now substitute text that…

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