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FDP Forum / Tin Pan Alley - Songwriting / Where's that confounded bridge?

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Lancaster County Pa

I was born to rock the boat
Apr 1st, 2011 02:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've noticed in the gazillion songs I've written, very few of them contain a bridge or a middle 8. How essential of a component is the bridge/m8? Thoughts/Opinions?

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Apr 3rd, 2011 06:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have the same problem, only I don't think its a problem

same story for me also

(This message was last edited by argo at 03:04 AM, Apr 4th, 2011)

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Huntington Beach

Merry New Year!
Apr 7th, 2011 10:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

Bridges are the bane of my existence. I know many of my songs need them, but everytime I try to do one, it sounds so contrived and seems to add nothing to my songs.

Sometimes I have this same trouble with my choruses. I'll come up with a killer riff, and I just seem to kill the vibe of it when trying to create a chorus. As a result, I've recorded dozens of riffs, but lose my muse when I try to add a chorus. I need a collaborator!

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LA-la-land, CA

Insert clever comment here
Apr 7th, 2011 11:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

Many songs these days are loop-based musically, and just have various vocals over the top of the looped background. Personally, I find it annoying and lazy.

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Lancaster County Pa

I was born to rock the boat
Apr 18th, 2011 12:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

Here's a link to some of my stuff, Not much for bridges.. I wish I could write em..

My reverbnation page.

(This message was last edited by thisismike at 12:20 AM, Apr 18th, 2011)


Upstate NY, USA

I don't have the time to be patient
Jun 2nd, 2011 04:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

my songs generally only contain bridges if it presents itself during the creation process...if not...then no. Then again, some of my tunes are structured weirdly anyway...but who cares..it is what it is.

Rasmuth Rock

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Austin TX

This mind intentionally left blank
Jan 4th, 2012 02:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Ana Ng" by They Might Be Giants features the following lyrics:

"As I was driving once / I saw this painted on a bridge:
'I don't want the world / I just want your half'"

It was a more than a full decade after I'd first heard the song, after dozens and dozens of listenings that I realized that those lyrics WERE the bridge.

Ana Ng

Florida Mike
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United States

I can only Sing my Heart
Jan 31st, 2012 07:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

Mine are not entirely without bridges, but about 90%...Here are 4 ---Gasp has an extended Intro, no bridge...Colors - there is no real Chorus, middle section serves as bridge...No bridge in the other two at all...I don't worry about it.

Michael Holmes Soundclick, 2012

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QLD Australia

Feb 1st, 2012 11:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

For me the bridge is the statement. The message you are trying to get across.

Poems are a series of verses.

Each verse in the song gives an example or explains the "statement"

Even a folk song like blowing in the wind, which you could argue is a just a series of verses,
returns to "the answer my friend......" which is the statement and could be viewed as the bridge.

Dunno, but to me, no bridge - no message.

We all see things differently I guess.

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