One of the most difficult moments in the process of writing a song is “bridge time”. I have been in many co-writes where we agonized over whether we need a bridge. At one point, early in my career, I came to my publisher to ask him if I needed a bridge in a song I was working on. He asked, “Is there a river to cross?”. I had no idea what he meant, so he said, “Don’t build a bridge if there’s not a river to cross”.
Last week, I threw it out in a co-write because my co-writer kept insisting that we needed a bridge and I thought we had said everything there was to say. When I said it, she said “It can’t be that simple”. As we continued to look at the song, she realized that there was nothing new to say and it really IS that simple.
I discovered that she thought we needed a bridge because the song was not very long. But, adding something that you’ve already said just to make a song longer is not going to make the song better. That’s like adding more flour to make your cake bigger. It’s not going to turn out well. So, if there’s something left unsaid that adds to the song, build a bridge.
If there’s no river to cross, leave well enough along. Maybe a nice solo is just what you need!
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