A number of years ago I was fortunate to meet Pat Pattison, a professor of songwriting at Berklee School of Music. I was impressed by his keen insights and his ability to break down the elements of songwriting into understandable and fun lessons. I love this lesson on his blog about how to make a happy marriage between the lyrics and the melody. Here’s an excerpt:
(LINK to full article)
Words and notes start with something in common: both belong to dynamic communities of stressed and unstressed members. The trick is to match each with their own type, stressed notes with stressed syllables, unstressed with unstressed. Recognizing which is which is sometimes easy, sometimes an art: depending partly on the words and notes themselves, partly on their context.
“Bridegroom” would fit the bar perfectly: both syllables are stressed but the first syllable is stronger:
-Intrigued? He goes into way more depth and it gets really interesting after this excerpt. Read more here: LINK