Chorus: (n) the. part of a song that is repeated after each verse
I’m a songwriter. Let’s just leave it at that.
Obviously, if I were a great songwriter you would know me. Even if I were a great songwriter who was under-promoted, you would probably be familiar with something I have written.
I write songs because they are the most gentle way to communicate a message to a hearer. There’s something about melody, harmony and even rhythm that brings down our defenses, opens our hearts and exposes our soul.
Even a good songwriter who may not be great will tell you that it’s all about the chorus. Some people refer to it as a “hook chorus”–the part of the song that’s easy to remember, using as few words as possible to communicate volumes of ideas.
Simple. Singable. Often rhyming. And dare I say, clever.
These are the attributes that go into a good chorus, which follows a heartfelt verse.
For the truth of the matter is, many people will never remember the narrative of a song, but the chorus will be hummed and regaled for years to come.
After all, the Beatles got by with:
“Na, na, na, na-na-na-na
Certainly an economy of syllables, producing a monster of memories.