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23 Jun Posted by in Blog | Comments

Why You Should Learn How To Run A PA System

Why You Should Learn How To Run A PA System

Have you ever played an open mic and you couldn’t hear your vocals? Or maybe they were drowned out by your guitar? Have you ever tried getting a little more volume out of your guitar but it wouldn’t stop feeding back? Or maybe the guitar sounded good, but the vocal mic was feeding back in ...

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25 May Posted by in Blog | Comments

Meet the Board: Chris Klimecky

Meet the Board: Chris Klimecky

Chris Klimecky, Executive Director of Songwriters in Seattle, describes his own musical development as, “a long, slow evolution – even after 30 years, it is an inspiring and surprising process!” Here’s his story in his own words: Songwriting started for me when I was around 12 years old as a family collaboration activity where I ...

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25 May Posted by in Blog | Comments

Don’t Forget That You Are An Artist!

Don’t Forget That You Are An Artist!

We don’t often talk about this in Songwriters in Seattle but let me remind you… songwriting is an art form, and you are an artist. This is an essential truth about songwriting. So I would recommend that you don’t be too hung up on writing your songs “correctly”. In much the same way as a ...

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24 May Posted by in Blog, Tips | Comments

Song Critiques: Why You Need Them, Why You Should Do Them

Song Critiques: Why You Need Them, Why You Should Do Them

Song Critiques: Why You Need Them, Why You Should Do Them There are two crucial steps that many amateur songwriters overlook in their quest to improve their craft and take their songs to the next level. First, they fail to subject their songs to a critique by other songwriters, and second, they fail to critique ...

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15 May Posted by in Blog, Featured Artists | Comments

SiS Featured Songwriter: Nate Manuel

SiS Featured Songwriter:  Nate Manuel

Playing to sold out stadiums, having #1 hits on the Billboard Charts, climbing the stairs at the Grammys to receive accolades… these are often daydreams that enter the thoughts of up-and-coming artists. But for Pacific Northwest singer-songwriter Nate Manuel, his dreams come true not with notoriety but in a kind of anonymity where the music ...

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30 Apr Posted by in Blog | Comments

Event Spotlight: Group Vocal Master Class with Debby Boland Watt

Event Spotlight: Group Vocal Master Class with Debby Boland Watt

As the Seattle Times wrote about her in an article in 2014, “Debby Watt can harmonize with a dryer”. We are lucky to be able to offer our members a workshop with vocalist extraordinaire, Debby Boland Watt. Singing and teaching others to find their voice is her entire life mission. “I love every sound. It ...

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27 Apr Posted by in Blog | Comments

On Songwriting…

On Songwriting…

CAVEAT EMPTOR – Following are some thoughts and rambles on my approach to songwriting. Outside of my two girls, it’s my life’s biggest passion. I don’t pretend that these thoughts are unique, or even unified, but I hope that some part of them may be useful to you. THE INSPIRATION – I’m a “wait for ...

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01 Apr Posted by in Blog, Newsletter, Tips | 1 comment

How to Write a Protest Song

How to Write a Protest Song

Perhaps two of the only things left that we can all agree on is that we live in a world divided, and it is now a time of protest. Whether people are protesting truth to power, or power to truth, protesting a certain ideology, or defending it, it appears that protest and social justice songs ...

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30 Mar Posted by in Blog | Comments

Meet the Board: Audrey Goodman

Meet the Board: Audrey Goodman

In an effort to build a more friendly and welcoming community through our volunteer activities, Songwriters in Seattle would like you to get to know our volunteer leaders. This month we’d like to introduce active Board Member, and host of the monthly Songwriter Support Group, Audrey Goodman, in her own words: As a small child, ...

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30 Mar Posted by in Blog, Newsletter, Tips | Comments

Songwriting: Your First 50

Songwriting: Your First 50

I remember very little about the first song I wrote…I was in sixth grade, and I know it was a cheesy breakup song in A minor about my first “girlfriend” in fifth grade. I don’t think any recordings of “The Love We Shared” exist (mercifully), and it wasn’t until a year later, when my older ...

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