Wednesday Words
It’s not something that I use often. When the situation is right, it can be a very effective tool in my songwriting toolkit. It’s a dictionary of idioms. I love words and the way that they go together. A phrase can mean so much more than its parts. Sometimes an idea for a song starts as a concept without any form or words. I can almost always find an idiom that conveys the concept. The idiom might not become part of the song but it helps get the word flow started. It wasn’t remotely helpful with my most recent writer’s block but it’s always fun to read some idioms.  Here are some of my favorites:
   -Sing for your supper
   -In the same boat
   -Up the creek without a paddle
   -Shoot from the hip
   -Sell like hotcakes
   -Raise Cain
   -Nothing new under the sun 
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