Songwriting analysis from Mark Simos

In the first part of our interview with Sierra Hull earlier this month, she discussed her current studies at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. One instructor she mentioned was Mark Simos, with whom she is studying lyric writing this semester.

Simos is an Assistant professor in the Berklee Songwriting department, whose name should be familiar to fans of acoustic and bluegrass music. He has had a number of songs recorded by Alison Krauss (Crazy Faith, Find My Way Back to My Heart), Del McCoury (City of Stone), Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum and others.

Mark also works with the Berklee Songwriters Club, and has agreed to allow the club to disseminate his recent analysis of Sierra’s recent single, Easy Come Easy Go, from her new Daybreak CD. It is provided as a 5 page PDF in which he breaks down the chord progression, rhyming scheme, phrasing, and lyric structure.

Watch the video of the song, and follow Mark’s detailed analysis of Kevin McClung’s great song here.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.