How To Write Lyrics For Your iJingles
It's actually a lot simpler than you might imagine. Just think
back to that scene in The Sound Of Music where Maria is teaching
kids how to sing. You start off with Do - Re - Mi and then you
add words to replace the "Do-Re-Mi" like "One-Oh-Three".
The trick is to remember that each note can be
replaced by one syllable... so if you have a three syllable
word... say "Washington," it would take the place of the "Do,"
the "Re," and the "Mi."
So, for your jingles, start off by counting
the number of notes in the jingle's lyrics as they are listed on
the lyric sheet.
"The Best Mix Of Today's Hits 99.5 W T M C"
is 18 notes/syllables long. Keep in mind that the "W" is three
syllables, and if you want to sing the "point" in "ninety nine
point five," then that's a syllable, too.
So with 18 notes/syllables to work with, you
do any of the following:
Note that this is only 14 syllables but fewer
syllables than allowed is not a problem.
"The Buzzy & Bob Show MIX
"Today's hits and yesterday's favorites, Z
one-oh-four-one F M"
Note: this is 17 notes/syllables long but you
can sing "favorites" as "fav-rites" as opposed to "favorites"
and save a syllable in the process. The save goes for words like
"memories"... few people actually say "mem-or-ries"... most
folks, including Barbra Streisand, say "Mem-ries."
And don't worry, all of your lyrics will be
reviewed by an adapter who converts your lyrics into sheet music
for the singers.
Pay special attention to the pronunciation of
words that may seem common to you, but not to us.
Even simple words like "Lancaster" can be
mispronounced. In Pennsylvania, "Lancaster" is pronounced
"LANK-is-ster"... in California, it's "Lan-CAST-ter." Every
Yankee knows that Worchester is pronounced "Woos-Ster"...
Texans, however would likely pronounce it "Wor-Ches-Ter."
You should make note of any special
pronunciations. However, the best thing to do is to record an
mp3 audio file and email it to us.