Rhyme and how to use it in your songwriting

A Rhyme in Time, now that’s creative. Almost as original as rhyming moon with June. I would call them both rhyme crimes. But what exactly is a rhyme? Is it two words that sound the same? Pretty close. Webster’s has several definitions. My favorite is: “A word answering in sound to another word.” which makes me think of Jeanette McDonald and Nelson Eddy singing, “When I’m calling you, will you answer true”.

But I digress.

I’ve compiled a list of the rhymes I think are the most important, but there are lots more.


1. Perfect Rhyme – major accent

Which is subdivided into Masculine, Feminine, Trisyllabic and mosaic forms.
The masculine is perhaps the most common and certainly the most used. It commonly has only one syllable, but there are exceptions such as retrain/refrain. As long as the last syllable is stressed it will be considered masculine. Because the main attribute of masculine-rhyme is that the two words have the same sound in the middle vowel and the ending consonant or vowel sound. Such as, yep you guessed it, moon/June or tree/me.

Inexpensive Multitrack Digital Recording Part I

Are you a songwriter or musician who wants to record their music quickly, easily and cheaply? Want get your ideas in a fixed format such as an audio CD? This short guide to setting up a cheap audio home studio should help. It’s about using what works for you. You will learn how to multi-track using well-known and simple methods to get your music to your hard drive.

Will your recordings rival those made in professional studios? Probably not. But I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how well your music will sound. With a little effort and a small outlay of cash you too can record songs of sufficient quality to sell your music and amaze your friends.


70 above
Texans turn on the heat and unpack the thermal underwear.
People in Michigan go swimming in the Lakes.

60 above
North Carolinians try to turn on the heat.
People in Michigan plant gardens.

50 above
Californians shiver uncontrollably.
People in Michigan sunbathe.

40 above
Italian & English cars won’t start.
People in Michigan drive with the windows down.

32 above
Distilled water freezes.
Lake Superior’s water gets thicker.

20 above
Floridians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves, and woolly hats.
People in Michigan throw on a flannel shirt.

15 above
Philadelphia landlords finally turn up the heat.
People in Michigan have the last cookout before it gets cold.

People in Miami all die…
Michiganders lick the flagpole.

20 below
Californians fly away to Mexico.
People in Michigan get out their winter coats.

40 below
Hollywood disintegrates.
The Girl Scouts in Michigan are selling cookies door to door.

Home recording archives

Home recording and general music posts archived from the Recording Website. Some of the info here is outdated but many of the audio recording and home studio tips are still good.

The Early Years – Post from the old threaded wwwboard
Archives 1 thru 12 contain home studio and audio recording tips from 2000
Archives 13 and 14 contain home studio and audio recording tips from the first two months of 2001

The Yabb Boards Posts from the first of the modern forums (Yabb).
This archive covers home and audio recording posts form February, March, April, May and June of 2001.
It is also when the Freedom Exchange first became part of the Recording Website so quite a few songwriting posts are in this archive as well.

MP3 audio format

If you want your music on the net you really should have in the mp3 audio format. Here’s a brief explanation of what an mp3 is.

The name mp3 is an abbreviation for MPEG Audio Layer 3. MPEG stands for the Motion Picture Experts Group. These people have developed video compression systems which includes such formats as DSS, HDTV and DVD. MPEG Audio Layer 3 or mp3 is an offshoot of the video compression technology.

The compression used in an mp3 file is based on 3 things;

  • Sometimes, one sound will mask another.
  • We hear some sounds better than others.
  • There are some sounds we can’t hear.

By eliminating these sounds from the original song file the mp3 format is able to shrink the file size down to about a tenth of the original.