“REAL Words for Songwriters: Alphabetical Word List and Abbreviated Rhyming Dictionary” by Linda A. Bell is a must-have reference book for songwriters! It contains over 15,000 REAL Words, including base words and derivatives, listed alphabetically and sorted brilliantly in an Abbreviated Rhyming Dictionary, designed specifically for writing lyrics.
I didn’t plan to make a career out of writing lyrics, it just happened. In the past fifteen years I’ve sold 2,000 sets of lyrics to advertisers nationally! My husband, Linwood Bell, a highly regarded composer/arranger/producer, and the love of my life, produces the music. His arrangements are performed by some of the finest symphonies in the world. (See: www.LinwoodBell.com)
There have been times when I’ve had as many as seventy writing projects on my desk at once. Can you imagine?! Needless to say, I cannot afford to get stuck! While dictionaries, rhyming dictionaries, thesauruses, and word lists are great resources when you’re at a loss for words, they fall short when it comes to using them as a tool for songwriting. They’re not organized in a way that makes it easy to find the words (and sound-alike words) you need fast. They’re also filled with thousands of words you would never use in lyrics, like malapropos, usufruct, dishabille, and valetudinarian. You just need REAL Words; words that people actually use in real-life conversations!
Frustrated with not being able to find precisely what I was searching for, I started jotting down my own list of words. This project, which was a labor of love, born of necessity, grew into two books, “REAL Words for Songwriters: Alphabetical Word List and Abbreviated Rhyming Dictionary” and “REAL Words for Writers: Alphabetical Word List.”
I hope this book bring you an abundance of creativity and success!
Linda A. Bell
* TWO COMPLETE REFERENCE BOOKS IN ONE *
When you listen carefully to songs, you’ll notice that the words at the end of the lines that rhyme have the same Prominent Ending Vowel [PEV] sound. This is what makes them pleasing to the ear and easy to recall. (Keep in mind that when you’re writing lyrics, imperfect rhymes often work perfectly fine!)
PART ONE: Alphabetical Word List
Over 15,000 REAL Words are listed alphabetically. Each word is [PEV] coded by its prominent ending vowel sound to make it easy to find sound-alike words in Part Two. Long vowels are capitalized. As in bag [a] and bake [A].
PART TWO: Abbreviated Rhyming Dictionary
REAL Words are sorted by their Prominent Ending Vowel sounds, then grouped together in a way that makes it easy to see a large selection of words that rhyme and/or sound-alike in one place.
If the prominent ending vowel is followed by a consonant that significantly alters the final sound of the word, as in beer [E]r, it is then placed into a subgroup. In most cases, words within the same [PEV] groups can be paired together, regardless of the subgroupings. Consonants with similar sounds have been combined. As in: bang [a]ng/k and bank [a]ng/k.
Alternate* pronunciations included!
Special consideration was given to the way vocalists and rap artists pronounce certain words. Lover, for example, is often pronounced love-uh, therefore you will find it listed as lover [er] and lover [u]*.
Also see: “REAL Words for Writers: Alphabetical Word List”