The Magic of Imagery


Sue Riley
Sue Riley
by Sue K. Riley

A mental picture is worth a thousand words. How can we draw the listener in to our song with imagery and details, and get them to connect with our story? When we perform our songs live, we have the opportunity to connect with people through our music. What makes our songs stand out from others and makes them something that the listener will remember and want to hear again? A song rich in imagery can paint a picture in the listeners’ mind that they can adapt to their own memories. Why say “I looked at the old pictures” when you could say “from a cardboard box of memories, I lift the faded photo”, or “I feel sad” when you could say “I’m as blue as a…”, ah, the possibilities are endless! Be poetic! Combine your lyrics in new and magical ways!

This creative process workshop will focus on adding more imagery to your writing and you will be writing every day from prompts. Please bring pen and paper and prepare to capture the songwriting ideas that this class will generate.