The long-awaited sequel to Songwriters on Songwriting, often called "the songwriter's bible," More Songwriters on Songwriting goes to the heart of the creative process with in-depth interviews with many of the world's greatest songwriters. Covering every genre of popular music from folk, rock 'n' roll, Broadway, jazz, pop, and modern rock, this is a remarkable journey through some sixty years of popular songwriting: from Leiber & Stoller's genius rock 'n' roll collaborations and Richard Sherman's Disney songs to Kenny Gamble's Philly Sound; Norman Whitfield's Motown classics; Loretta Lynn's country standards; expansive folk music from Peter, Paul, and Mary; folk-rock from Stephen Stills; confessional gems from James Taylor; poetic excursions form Patti Smith; Beatles magic from Ringo Starr; expansive brilliance from Paul Simon; complex melodic greatness from Brian Wilson; the most untrustworthy narrator alive in Randy Newman; the dark rock theater of both Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie; the sophisticated breadth of Elvis Costello; the legendary jazz of Herbie Hancock; the soulful swagger of of Chrissie Hynde; the funny-poignant beauty of John Prine; the ancient wisdom fused with hip-hop and reggae of Matisyahu; and much more. In all of it is the collective wisdom of those who have written songs for decades, songs that have impacted our culture forever.
Presents interviews with more than fifty popular songwriters, including Robbie Robertson, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Madonna, Pete Seeger, Frank Zappa, Todd Rundgren, Carlos Santana, Townes Van Zandt, and Paul Simon
A Troubadour's Guide to Writing, Performing, Recording, and Business Second Edition
Author: Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
(Book). The Complete Singer-Songwriter is the ultimate guide for the modern performer, chock-full of tips, tools, and inspiration for both aspiring troubadours and those looking to take their craft and career to the next level. Author Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers draws on firsthand interviews with songwriting legends and rising stars; expert advice from managers, agents, lawyers, and publishers; and his own experiences as a performing songwriter. He offers this invaluable companion for singer-songwriters on their journey from idea to song to the stage, studio, and beyond. New in the second edition: * A songwriter's guide to chord progressions * Understanding song form and rhyme * Dozens of songwriting games and exercises * Essential info on copyrighting your songs, music publishing, and digital royalties * Online companion at completesingersongwriter.com with playlists and additional resources Songwriting tips and techniques from more than 100 artists, including Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Paul Simon, Rosanne Cash, Jewel, Jeff Tweedy, Ani DiFranco, James Taylor, John Fogerty, Brandi Carlile, Richard Thompson, Jason Mraz, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Garcia, Dar Williams, and more.
The Comprehensive Guide to Writing and Marketing Hit Songs
Author: Jason Blume
Publisher: Billboard Books
What’s the secret to writing a hit song? It’s as simple as 1-2-3-4-5-6! Innovative, practical, and inspiring, Six Steps to Songwriting Success presents a surefire step-by-step approach to mastering the elements consistently found in hit songs. Author Jason Blume, a songwriter with the rare distinction of having had songs on the Country, Pop, and R&B charts simultaneously, has packed this book with such key aids as the three-step lyric writing technique used by the pros; lyric, melody, and demo checklists; and tools for self-evaluation–plus many other exercises that work. Blume’s warm, humorous style features motivational anecdotes and entertaining stories of how hit songs came to be written and recorded. Get Six Steps to Songwriting Success, and get on the charts! From the Trade Paperback edition.
Revised 2013 About the Book Achieving "hit writer" status has always been a formidable goal for any songwriter. Never more so however than in the 21st century. Catching the ear of the monumentally distracted, fragmented listener has never been more difficult. Getting their attention, inviting them in to your song and keeping them there for long enough for your song to become "their song" requires more than being just a "good" songwriter. Murphy's Laws of Songwriting "The Book" arms the songwriter for success by demystifying the process and opening the door to serious professional songwriting. Hall of fame songwriter Paul Williams said in his review of the book "If there was a hit songwriters secret handshake Da Murphy would probably have included it." About the Author Ralph Murphy, songwriter, has been successful for five decades. Consistently charting songs in an ever-changing musical environment makes him a member of that very small group of professionals who make a living ding what they love to do. Add to that the platinum records as a producer, the widely acclaimed Murphy's Laws of Songwriting articles used as part of curriculum at colleges, universities, and by songwriter organizations, his success as the publisher and co-owner of the extremely successful Picalic Group of Companies and you see a pattern of achievement based on more than luck.
Can you remember exactly where you were the first time you heard “What a Wonderful World” and how it made you feel? Did you play Paul Williams’s “We’ve Only Just Begun” at your wedding? Throughout time, certain songs and their lyrics have come to act as key emotional landmarks in our hearts and minds and continue to resonate throughout our lives. Graham Nash and Manuscript Originals present Off the Record, a premier collection of twenty-five of the most talented and successful songwriters of all time. These writers share their thoughts and memories about the creation of their classic songs, how they fell in love with music, their careers in the music business, and the art of songwriting in over two hundred beautifully designed pages of personal interviews illuminated with historical archival photographs of each artist and the first performers or groups to record the songs. In addition, each songwriter has personally created an original handwritten manuscript of the lyrics to his or her featured song, which is artfully displayed in that songwriter’s chapter. Among the songwriters and songs included in Off the Record are Graham Nash on “Our House,” Carole King on “I Feel the Earth Move,” John Lee Hooker on “Boom Boom,” Grace Slick on “White Rabbit,” Ben E. King on “Stand by Me”, Mac Davis on “In the Ghetto,” Paul Williams on “We’ve Only Just Begun,” Peter Yarrow on “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” George David Weiss on “What a Wonderful World,” Ervin Drake on “It Was a Very Good Year,” Jimmie Davis on “You Are My Sunshine,” and many more. Off the Record is a celebration of the art of songwriting, these twenty-five classic songs, and the lives and talents of their remarkable writers. We hope you will enjoy this musical journey through some of the most beloved songs of our times, which have impacted the lives of people throughout the world.
Thoughts, Tips and Ideas on the Beautiful Craft of Songwriting
Author: Karl Broadie
The Free-Thinking Songwriter should be considered a companion for all levels of songwriters, from beginners to hit-makers as well as soulful, organic songwriters alike. This book is brimming with insightful words of wisdom relating to the "craft" but more importantly, Karl shares thoughts that we can adopt as daily mindsets on our path. What path? The path of The Free-Thinking Songwriter.