Song arrangement is underated. A poor arrangement can kill a good song – Jock Milly.
There is a science to how long a verse should be before the chorus takes over.
There is a saying in the writing community “Don’t bore us get to the chorus”. And this is not for nothing.
A standard on how the verse, the chorus, the bridge and even the intro work, has been ingrained in the mind of the average consumer of music through popular culture.
People naturally expect to hear the chorus after a specific duration of time after the music starts. Same with the frequency (recurrence) of the chorus.
The mind of the average listener have been programmed to enjoy music the most only when it is arranged in a specific format.
However, this format has very little to do with compositional arrangements. It is more of a psychological one.
That is why the average listener with zero knowledge on the subject can still spot when a piece of song is odd.
A good song arrangement can save a bad song. That is knowing how long before the chorus comes in.
Knowing how many times the chorus should repeat. Knowing when a bridge is needed. Knowing the most befitting length of intro for a particular song.
Knowing whether a verse needs to be repeated. Knowing if the song needs an outro, a faded one, or a quick one.
Knowing if the song needs the refrain or even needs a chorus at all, based on the genre.
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