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Songwriter U: Harry Connick, Jr. on the Architecture of Melody

The professor takes us on a tour through the interior of "Over The Rainbow" and beyond Talking to Harry Connick about the elements of song is a joy. Because the man is not only...

Legends of Funny Songwriting: Tom Lehrer

As anyone who has ever tried to write a funny song knows well, it’s not easy. It’s a task often destined to failure, primarily because songs are designed to last, to be listened to repeatedly, for years,...

Songwriter U: More Reflections on Keys and Synesthesia

Are songwriters crazy or do they have super powers? Recent research is providing the answers "Music is for me like a beautiful mosaic which God has put together....

Loudon on Loudon: Over 40 Odd Years

Last time we spoke, Loudon Wainwright was at The Source, a health food restaurant that was on the Sunset Strip, famous for being where Woody Allen went to meet Annie Hall in L.A. The day we were...

Garfunkel: On Being Paul Simon’s First Champion

The first part of our series about the enigmatic singer; this one on his partnership with Paul Simon, and the unexpected, gradual emergence of 'The Sound of Silence.'

Around the Bramble Patch: Jeff Barry

The legendary songwriter of "Be My Baby," & "River Deep Mountain High," offers some songwriting advice As part of our Bramble Patch series presenting accumulations of songwriter wisdom, here's the first installation featuring...

Behind The Song: “Kansas City” by Leiber & Stoller

In their own words, the songwriting legends remember the origins of one of the first-ever rock & roll standards Mike Stoller & Jerry Leiber, 2006. Photo by Paul Zollo/American Songwriter

James Lee Stanley on the Genius & Friendship of Michael Smith

The great Michael Smith, songwriter of "The Dutchman" and "Spoon River," died yesterday in Chicago at the age of 78. Singer-songwriter James Lee Stanley wrote this tribute to him last week. They were friends and collaborators...

Measure for Measure: Rain Songs

“It Never Rains in Southern California” may have been true in 1973 when Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood wrote these words, but March came in like a lion in 2020, unleashing a record-busting deluge on wildfire-scorched mountainsides....

Mose Allison: Collecting on his Psychic Surplus

You know this world is just one big trouble spot Because some have plenty and some have notYou know I used to be trouble But I finally saw the lightNow I...
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September/October 2020 Lyric Contest Winner Mark Miller Talks “This Long Life”

Arvada, Colorado-based Mark Miller scored top honors for the September/October 2020 American Songwriter Lyric Contest for his...
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