Originally I was writing longer, more intricate pieces of music. At least half of them would hardly be considered songs. Over time the material shortened in length and got more precise lyrically.
I found the more simple… the better. Even on Songbird I was shortening songs and I could see how much better they became ( to the point, precise, etc.).
Also, I seem to have developed a method by which I do not repeat lyrics on some of the acoustic ballad’s. The words progress , through the song, as one long story without repletion…and they work!
Listen to “Black Magic“.