Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Turn your problem into a song

The song is one of the oldest and most enduring of musical structures. It has a simple form: verses narrate the song’s story and a chorus encapsulates its key message. As the verse carries the burden of the narrative, its tune is usually less memorable than that of the chorus. The chorus needs a memorable, catchy tune in order to highlight the key message and help people sing along.

When thinking about issues and problems apply the principles of the song. What are the verses of the problem? What is its narrative? What are its various components or differing aspects? When analysing the verses of the problem what chorus emerges? What is consistently emphasised as each verse passes by? This aspect may well be the major, underlying issue that needs to be addressed.
 

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