Songwriters As Celebrities: The People Behind The Lyrics Of Popular Songs

Songwriting is often a thankless job. In music, it is often the performers who get all the glory since they get all the spotlight and the attention. Those who created the music and those who write the lyrics of the song are relegated in the background. However, this isn’t always the case. There are number of songwriters who are just as popular as the artists themselves. Perhaps this is because they are artists themselves, and writing lyrics is just one of their many talents.

Often times, it is because of the attention the media is giving them. However, there are those instances when the songwriters are popular because they created lyrics that appeal to the masses thanks to their catchy hooks, poignant sentiments, and sincere intentions.

When songwriting is concerned, no one can beat Paul McCarthy, former member of seminal band The Beatles and response for writing the lyrics and the music of popular and iconic songs such as �Bluebird,� �Hey Jude,� and �Freedom.� His partnership with fellow Beatle John Lennon has spawned some of the most popular (and arguably some of the best) songs ever created, including �Eleanor Ribgy� and �A Day in a Life.�

The lyrics of Paul McCarthy are often considered as poetic; which is expected since poetry is admittedly one of his major influences as he has been reading poems as a child. In fact, the lyrics of �Eleanor Rigby� can be read as poem since it uses a number of poetic devices.

Today, a number of younger artists have also ventured in the realm of writing lyrics, with surprising results. An example of this is Miley Cyrus, better known as the actress from the hit television show �Hannah Montana.� But while Miley is barely an adult, she has already co-written lyrics for a song. Her song �I Thought I Lost You� (which she also performed) was part of the soundtrack of the movie Bolt. But the real achievement of this song is the Golden Globe nomination it received in 2009. Although it lost, this young star will surely write more outstanding lyrics in the near future.

Another example from the Disney stable that also wrote lyrics for their songs are the Jonas Brothers. They co-wrote some of the lyrics for their songs, most notably for the song �A Little Bit Longer.� The lyrics of this song were written by Nick Jonas, and it is about his struggles with Diabetes. Many people criticize their emergence and their popularity, but many critics (such us those from Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stones) recognized not only their prowess as artists but also their skill in writing lyrics.

A songwriter that people would be familiar with in the near future is Kara DioGuardi. Even before her gig as one of the judges in the hit show American Idol, she has already written songs for bestselling artists such as Carrie Underwood, Celine Dion, and Kelly Clarkson.

Many do not understand the importance of the lyrics in a song, but many would also agree that the lyrics is responsible for a song becoming a hit. Writing songs isn’t easy, but these individuals certainly make it seem that way.

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