Limitations and contraindications

There are a number of limitations and contraindications associated with FITB, song parody, and strategic songwriting.

Familiarity with original lyrics influences the songwriter's ideas and expression

When rewriting lyrics of pre-composed songs, there is a risk that the son writer will be influenced by the content of the original song. The songwriter may become confused between his own experience in the here and now and that of the original songwriter, particularly if he strongly identifies with the message of the original song. Positive associations may limit full cathartic expression of really painful experiences, while negative associations may color his view of what is positive about his context and current situation. In summary, while this 'identification' with the content is one of the strengths of parody, it can also be a limitation when the songwriter becomes overly influenced by the original content.

The song product is never completely authentic or owned by the songwriter

In FITB, parody, and strategic songwriting, the song's musical structure is pre-composed, and a significant proportion of the original lyrics often remain unchanged. While the songwriters 'own' the personal expression communicated in the lyrics, they may never experience that the songs are fully theirs. Such a lack of strong ownership reduces the potential to receive maximum benefit from the songwriting experience; however, this compromise is unavoidable and an inarguable limitation of these methods.

Songwriters may not want to have their favorite songs altered Many people have strong attachments to music and sometimes even strong attachments to certain recordings of the same song. For example, I have a strong attachment to Gloria Gaynor's song 'I Will Survive' but do not enjoy Shirley Bassey's or Cake's version of the same song. While the very notion of changing the lyrics to one's favorite songs may be appealing to some people and motivate them to attend and engage in a therapeutic process, it may be offensive for others. The latter recognize that their favorite songs are perfect the way they are, and this perfection should not be violated in any way by changing some or all aspects of the song. To avoid this context, the clinician may choose to parody songs that are outside of the songwriters' strongest musical preferences.

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