Lyricists get their due

Lyricists got front page coverage in the Wall Street Journal, well, the front page of the Weekend Journal section. In The Secrets of Songwriters, lyricists and their methods are profiled. The writer casts a wide net, including lyricists from Nashville, Broadway, hip-hop, indie rock and even an opera librettist.

Whether they’re poets or hired guns, modern lyricists are fighting to keep their words in tune with a wildly changing music business. How top writers, from country to hip-hop, nail the phrases they hope will last forever.

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