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Songwriter U: Mixing Point of View

There seems to be a current strategy to mix points of view, apparently thinking that moving from, for example, Third Person Narrative to Direct Address makes a chorus more exciting. Like this: She Will...

Measure for Measure: More than Money

Imagine, if you will, a blank canvas — soon to be the site of your next song. Intimidating? Not to worry: This is the creativity tour, where we see how great songwriters vanquish the...

411 MusicGroup CEO Kristen Agee Breaks Down the Anatomy of a Songwriting Camp

Los Angeles based music house, 411 MusicGroup, recently hosted an international creative collaboration series, sharing talents with Glass Music and Universal Music Denmark. The series brought together writers, artists and producers from around the world to Los Angeles for...

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...

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