I help songwriters write evergreen lovesongs through great storytelling.

Hi, I'm Mel. I am a certified Story Grid Editor and I use the craft of writing stories that work for writing lovesongs that stand the test of time.
About me

I'm Melanie

I love great love songs that take me right into the moment of great memories, tearful heartbreaks and dreams of everlasting love.

I have devoted myself to figuring out what makes a song to an evergreen. How do we engage the audience in the storytelling so that they are thrown back into their past or even start to be caught up in a dream of hopeful fantasies that seem so real? What is the essence of a great story in a song? How do we start? What is our protagonist like? What shall he tell? How does he change?

The answer is through knowing the craft of great storytelling.

What I do
Westlife - Analysis of all original Westlife lovesongs

Case Study: Westlife

One band. One genre. One success story.

My goal is to find out what makes a lovesong a possible Number One hit single.
Therefore I have set myself the challenge to analyse the storytelling of all the original lovesongs of Westlife

Why Westlife?

Besides the fact that the band has sold over 45 million studio albums and over 55 million records worldwide, Westlife has achieved what no one since accomplished: Reach seven consecutive number-one singles in the UK. If that's not enough, imagine this: They sold out Croke Park Stadium in Dublin (82.300 seats) in a record breaking 5 minutes!!!

Westlife is one great example of a band committing to only one external content genre for their songs: And it's love stories.

What's in the analysis?

I use the tools of the Story Grid to analyse the lyrics of the songs. That includes:

  • What is the Narrative Drive?
  • What is the central conflict of the song?
  • What are the five commandments?
  • What is the value shift?
  • What is the protagonist like?
  • What's the internal genre?
  • Is there an obligatory scene or a love story convention in the song?
  • ... and much more.

What can songwriters learn from the results?

Analyzing over 130 lovesongs (singles, songs on the records and b-sides) will provide enough data that through comparison I will be able to gather the best tips for writing a lovesong that works! That will make your audience fall in love with!

Get inside access to my analysis of over 130 original lovesongs from Westlife.

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Contact Me

Any question? Reach out to me and I will get back to you shortly.

Just write me at write[at]story-in-a-song.com.

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