Figured the Beginners section is the right place for this question.
In reading about songwriting and composing, I see the terms prechorus, bridge, and middle 8 used a lot. It’s clear that sometimes two or more of them are used interchangeably, leading to confusion (at least on my part).
Is the bridge the same as the middle 8? Just what IS the middle 8? If not the same as a bridge, what’s the difference?
I’ve also seen prechorus and bridge used interchangeably. What exactly is a prechorus? Are they just a couple bars of variation leading in to a chorus?
I thought I knew what a bridge is (have you seen the bridge? I can’t find the bridge. Where’s that confounded bridge?!) but now I’m questioning my musical sanity… all input welcome!