Okay, so I said earlier that in songwriting there are no rules. There are only tools that you can use, and we'll get to the tools as we go. But I also said all except for one, there is one rule. And that is the rule of prosody, prosody, P-R-O-S-O-D-Y, prosody. Prosody means essentially, is everything fits together? That's just common sense, that everything in your song should be there for the same reason, to express the central emotion, the central idea, the central purpose of your song. Now, the concept of prosody was, at least to my knowledge, first expressed by Aristotle in his poetics when he said, that every great work of art exhibits the same characteristic. And he called that characteristic unity, everything fits together. Everything works together. That's the same thing. Unity, prosody, that everything about the work is there to enhance, to express, to communicate, to focus the central idea of the work. All of the elements work together. And really you can think of that as a rule, that's just common sense. I mean why would you want to put anything in your song that doesn't belong there, that doesn't aid and abet the communication of the emotion, whatever that emotion is. The communication of the emotion that the song is there to express, that one idea, that the song is there to express? Now, I found that probably the most effective vehicle for expressing prosody are the two terms: stable, unstable. Because stable versus unstable covers everything. It's a fairly broad brush, but it covers everything. What idea are you dealing with, and then is that idea stable or unstable? And then you unroll your tool belt, and use those same tools that you have, which we will talk about, to create either the sense of stability or instability. So ideas, the ideas that you have, what are they? Characterize them as stable or unstable. I'm so grateful that you're in my life, it feels pretty stable to me. I'm so grateful that you're in my life. I wish you were here, stable or unstable? I wish you were here, you can tell by my tone of voice really, and there's a sense of longing there, a sense of something not there that I want to be there. So I'm feeling a little bit unstable, but the tone of voice is going to be your cue. I finished my song, stable. I finished my song, why can't I talk to you? Why can't I talk to you? Why can't I talk to you? So you know how you feel. Here's your idea, and that idea will be either stable or unstable to some degree. You're the best. You're the best, stable or unstable? Yeah you know, you know you can answer that. You know the best, you're the best, stable or unstable? And so you have all of these different colors, and the tools that you have available, your melody, your harmony, your melodic rhythm, your harmonic rhythm, your lyrical tools, which we'll talk about in detail too, are all there to help you craft your idea. But the first thing to do is say, "How am I feeling?" In this song, stable or unstable? In this verse, stable or unstable? In this line, stable or unstable? How am I feeling? And you can literally go, get a whole song, unusual for an entire song to be uh uh or uh. It is quite usual for a song to go uh huh. Those are technical terms. You can spell those out. But you know the verse is, I was so lonely, and then I met you, and I'm lonely again because I met you. So it's a very flexible thing, but once you start viewing the whole process of creation of the song through this central idea of prosody, everything must work together. Everything fits together to communicate the central idea, and start assessing the sections of your song, the lines of your song, the general intent of your song through the grid of stable, wax on versus unstable, wax off. Then the process of making choices, which song writing is all about, which art is all about, making choices, making choices for a reason. Then you no longer have to depend on things just coming up intuitively, oh that's great. But as they come up intuitively, you're now in a position to say, uh, so does this intuitive idea that I have fit into this unity that I'm trying to create?