Re: Do You Have a "Template" For Song Structure?
I used to, for poppier stuff. Then I realized that writing was getting pretty boring, and I started fooling around with things like sticking the only "chorus" at the very end of the song (but foreshadowing it by opening the song with that progression, so you've had four minutes to forget it and then wham, it's baaaaack), or the old John Lee Hooker "some verses are eight bars, and some are ten" sort of thing.
The hard rock things I write are influenced by Zep, Rush, and Jeff Beck, so they're more scattershot.
But I can still write a little 3:30 gem. Now if only I could sell them!
eta: one project I've had in mind for years, but have not brought to fruition, is to write a song where there are no repeats at all. I'm finding it very difficult to write something like that which is compelling.