Daily Song Study

Back Porch Mary – We Are the Broken Hearted

In songs on November 21, 2011 at 11:39 am

I talk a lot of complex theory about songwriting. But if you boil it down, what often sets a good song apart from a halfway decent one is a hook. If there’s no hook, there’s very little chance that the tune is going to make much of an impression. In some cases, that’s all the song has, and that’s okay. There are such onerous legions of hookless songs out there that the mere presence of something memorable & catchy is usually enough for me to buy it.

Today’s tune is not a brilliant composition overall. The verses are decent, the performance is good, but it’s the hook in the chorus that keeps me coming back for repeated listens. I consider myself a seasoned connoisseur of songwriting, yet even I am not immune to a damned good hook thrown into what might otherwise be a middling song.

Maybe that says more about me than about songwriting in general, but I think it’s more common than not.

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