Resources for beginning songwriters and lyricists (that would make kickass Xmas presents?)
I have a good friend who has just started getting into writing songs for his (very informal, totally recreational) band. He's a published fiction writer, so the basic wordcraft skills are definitely there already, but it's a new form for him and there seems to be a fairly steep learning curve. For Xmas, I'm planning on getting him a good rhyming dictionary (Thanks AskMe!)
but I'm wondering if there are other resources that might be useful as well. I should add that my friend is the drummer in his band, so my impression is that he's not really writing melodies-- or if he is, he's coming in with a vague idea of how the melody might go, and the rest of the band is taking his ideas and retooling them substantially. What he's doing is definitely word-work, for the most part.
(Please note, in case it isn't already apparent, that I have absolutely no idea how the songwriting process really works.)
(Note also: This question is being asked anonymously because my friend reads Metafilter and totally knows my handle.)