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The Music Lab: The Magic Behind One-Chord Songs

Welcome to “The Music Lab,” a new Songwriter U column powered by SongTown and featured in American Songwriter every other print issue, and monthly on AmericanSongwriter.com. I’m obsessed...

Between the Rhymes: The Job of Each Part of a Song

Welcome to “Between The Rhymes,” a new Songwriter U column powered by SongTown and featured in American Songwriter every other print issue, and monthly on AmericanSongwriter.com. This column...

Nine Tips for Songwriters in the Zoom Co-Write Era

The COVID-19 pandemic in America has brought forth numerous, unprecedented adaptations to everyday life—face masks in public spaces, toilet paper hoarding, and quantity limits on how much food you can purchase in a single visit. However, the...

Songwriter U: Is Songwriting a Racket?

Reflections on the Ethics of Songwriting "So I said to myself, this is the business we've chosen." So says the character of Hyman Roth, played by Lee Strasberg, in The Godfather II. Though he is referring to the...

Songwriter U: The Poetry of Spoken Language, Part II

Conversational language works perfectly in song because it’s direct; it connects with the listener with the sharp immediacy of real conversation. Dylan understood this when starting a song by lashing out anger, as in “Positively 4th Street”:...
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Top Five Favorite Nonsensical Songs

“Semolina pilchards climbing up the Eiffel towerElementary penguin singing Hare KrishnaMan, you should have seen them kicking...

Patreon Hosts Indie Music Live Stream with RAC, Kat Robichaud and VIAA

Just in time for Independence Day, Patreon will be hosting an Indie Music live stream. The featuring artists are Grammy-winning producer RAC, theatrical rock musician and The...
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