Without a doubt the hardest thing to teach songwriters is the thing that should be the most obvious: You have to have a hook. For many reasons, a repeated, catchy hook is what separates the successful songwriters from those who just can’t seem to get any traction.
The definition of a music hook seems to be “a musical and/or lyrical phrase that catches the ear of the listener”. So the word hook comes from “hooking” them as they listen, so they’ll want to sing along on the next chorus, and then of course listen repeatedly to our genius creation.
So why is this so hard to teach to new songwriters? Especially Christian songwriters?