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The Story Behind The Song, “Change the World” by Eric Clapton

The Story Behind the Song: "Change the World" Written by Gordon Kennedy, Tommy Sims, Wayne Kirkpatrick Recorded by Eric Clapton A Q&A with Gordon Kennedy When and where did you guys write “Change the World?"     It began in Nashville’s Omni Studio A in 1991....

How to Write Piano Accompaniment for a Song

Being able to create your own music in an integral part to becoming a great musician. Having been a musician myself for 18 years, I know firsthand how exciting and rewarding it can be to write your...

Songwriter U: The Writing Process

If there's one approach to writing songs that works every time, I still haven't found it. There are, of course, those rare times where you're inspired and it all just comes to you effortlessly. But those times...

How Songwriters Can Find Musicians To Collaborate On Their Songs

Music has always been about collaboration. Some people have a way with words, while others have the skills to play one or more instruments. And there are still others who have a knack for putting it all...

The Point of Point of View, Part III: Second-Person Narrative

Okay, we’ve been both outside and inside the world of the song in the last two issues, now let’s take a step outside the world of the song, and then turn around and press our nose up...

Victoria Shaw Offers Five Tips To Aspiring Songwriters

If you've turned on the radio over the last quarter century then you have heard something that Victoria Shaw has written. Her No. 1 songs include Garth Brooks "THE RIVER" (which we recently did...

The Story Behind the Song: Bonnie McKee, “American Girl”

After co-writing 8 #1 singles for pop sensations like Katy Perry and Taio Cruz, Bonnie McKee decided to write her own catchy pop single.  "American Girl" is a dance-pop party anthem about American girls who just want to have...

Rodney Crowell’s “Adventures In Song” Discount Extended to Jan. 3

Registration is open for Rodney Crowell’s "Adventures in Song" camp, an immersive four-day event in Nashville that rigorously explores the craft of songwriting with some of the art form’s greatest practitioners. The camp, which...
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Book Review: “Dylan & Me: 50 Years of Adventure” by Louie Kemp

There’s never been a book about Bob Dylan like this one. Because there’s never been a friend...

Kevin Faherty In Memory of Dave Olney

Nashville songwriter and friend to many Kevin Faherty, writer of "Singer-Songwriter Heaven" and other brilliant songs, was good friends with Dave Olney,...
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