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Coping with Coronavirus, Part II.

Songwriters Weigh in on how the Crisis is Impacting Their Musical Lives This is our second installation of accounts from songwriters in and around Los Angeles about how they're coping during this crisis...

Songwriter U: On Constructing The Bridge

An exploration of that section that The Beatles called "the middle eight." Although the art and craft of songwriting has evolved profoundly over the past decades, one aspect which has remained constant...

Songwriter U: Collected Wisdom On Songwriting, Part I

Advice on the elusive art from Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Rickie Lee Jones, Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon, Van Dyke Parks and Tom Petty “I don’t know how to write songs." said Lou Reed "But I...

Songwriter U: On the Mystery and Majesty of Melody

Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen, Burt Bacharach, Dave Brubeck and Others on the Pursuit, Discovery, Usage and Power of Melody in Song "It is the melody which is the charm of music, and it...

What Is A Song?

Songwriter-Educator Andrea Stolpe Explores the Definition of a Song In Modern Times The nature of the popular song has evolved profoundly through the decades as technology has evolved. What one generation considers a...

Writer’s Room: Madison Kozak Makes Her Resolutions

I hate resolutions but they can be one solid way to set your intentions for the year. I come from Lindsay, a two-stoplight town in rural Ontario, Canada, with professional business coaches as parents. Ever since middle...

Luthier Ben Wilborn on Loving Your Instrument

Ben Wilborn of Wilborn Guitars in the northern Nevada city of Reno is an in-demand acoustic instrument builder with both practical and educational backgrounds in music. A builder for such artists as Gillian Welch, and onetime fiddler...

Jimi Hendrix Style: 5 Core Concepts

The playing style of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix has been analyzed a great deal and as such, there is a huge list of things you can do to replicate his distinctive guitar playing. However,...

The Art of Rhyme, Part II.

Reflections on the Art, Craft and Beauty of Rhyme "I love rhyming. Do you know there are poets who don't rhyme? Shakespeare did not rhyme most of the time, and that's why I...
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The Mowgli’s Have California on Their Mind in “Vacation”

The Mowgli’s already have two songs that nod to U.S. cities–2012’s “San Francisco” and 2018’s “Kansas City”–but...
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