"Letter" Challenge

Write a song in the form of a letter.


  • The Beatles “Dear Prudence”
  • The Beatles ” P.S. I Love You”
  • Allen Sherman’s “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah”
  • John Prine’s “Dear Abbey”
  • Leonard Cohen’s “Famous Blue Raincoat“

The “Letter” Challenge
(for critique at the SVSA meeting on Apr 22, 2015)

Here’s the challenge: Write a song in the form of a letter.

We’ve all heard songs or read books in the form of letters to someone.

This is known as an “Epistolary” style, and has been used over the centuries. (Civil War song “Just Before the Battle Mother”).

More recently there has been a wealth of songs in this format such as The Beatles “Dear Prudence,” ” P.S. I Love You,” Allen Sherman’s “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah,” John Prine’s “Dear Abbey,” Leonard Cohen’s “Famous Blue Raincoat “ I’m sure you can think of other examples.

From apologies to “Thank You’s, rants to love letters, perhaps this exercise will give you a chance to write that message you wish you had written to someone; past or present. It could even be from you to your younger, or older self. And remember, it doesn’t necessarily have to be sent from you specifically!