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13 Dec Posted by in Blog | Comments

No. 8056: The Search for the Perfect Piano – Part 1

No. 8056: The Search for the Perfect Piano – Part 1

So this has nothing to do with social networking or recording ideas or songwriting tips.  It is just a story some fifteen years or so in the making of the search – a journey of sorts – for the perfect piano. Maybe someone coming across this can relate. Of finding that one instrument on which ...

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30 Nov Posted by in Music Biz, Podcast | Comments

SiS Podcast: Jennifer Cadence

SiS Podcast: Jennifer Cadence

November, 2011 Jennifer Cadence “Sapphire Blues” pop artist Jennifer Cadence is interviewed by SiS Organizer Chris Klimecky. They discuss the origins of her unique pop sound, her new EP “Mr. Universe,” and she gives 5 music business tips all musicians should follow. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Click the play icon above to ...

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SiS Merchandise on CafePress!

SiS Merchandise on CafePress!

There are many ways to support Songwriters in Seattle – with your time by attending events or volunteering, and financially through the purchase of music or direct donation. Now there is another easy, fun and stylish way to give back to the creative community: Songwriters in Seattle merchandise! We are proud to announce the launch ...

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24 Oct Posted by in Blog, Tips | Comments

Songwriting Lesson: Matching Melodies and Lyrics

Songwriting Lesson: Matching Melodies and Lyrics

I would like to start off our little coaching session with a tip that is crucial for good song development. It’s sad but true that many songwriters ignore this skill I am about to tell you resulting in underdeveloped songs. It’s also a skill that’s not easy…I suppose that’s why many overlook it. Here it goes! ...

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Aug/Sept 2011 Songwriting Contest Results!

Aug/Sept 2011 Songwriting Contest Results!

Thanks to everyone who sent in entries to the Songwriters in Seattle contest and thanks to Brian Nelson of Paintshaker Music for providing the grand prize: 8 hours of studio time at Elliot Bay Recording Company. Congratulations to the winner of our August/September 2011 Songwriting Contest… CHARLIE HEINEMANN For his song “LA Is Totally Awesome” ...

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30 Sep Posted by in Links, Music Biz | Comments

Music Biz – What To Do Next? Part 1: The CD

Music Biz – What To Do Next? Part 1: The CD

(Editor’s Note: Jennifer runs a monthly Music Biz Workshop event for SiS and has agreed to share some of her notes and recommendations in a 3-part series) You have passion and music and want to do something with them. Here’s the best order in which to proceed: 1. Record your songs. Suck it up and ...

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23 Sep Posted by in Blog, Music Biz | Comments

What Genre Am I?

What Genre Am I?

We had a great monthly meeting this week at Cafe Allegro. As always, the meeting inspired me in many ways and gave me things to think about. One area that I heard from many fellow musicians there was the difficulty everyone felt when they tried to classify their music into a “genre”. There are many ...

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16 Sep Posted by in Blog, Music Biz, Review | 1 comment

Review: Bandcamp.com

Review: Bandcamp.com

In this day and age, distribution of your music has become accessible to every musician, whether they are signed or not. You can get your music up on the net and make it available for free or for sale. Various sites can produce several hundreds of your CD’s relatively cheaply for you to sell them ...

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14 Sep Posted by in Blog, Links, Music Biz | 5 comments

“Mooncakes” on NPR’s Marketplace

“Mooncakes” on NPR’s Marketplace

Songwriters in Seattle had a really cool and unexpected bit of national media attention Monday with our song, “A Black Market For Mooncakes” being part of a segment on NPR’s Marketplace. I’ve been asked a lot about how it happened, all the way back to the origin story of the song, so I thought I’d ...

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09 Sep Posted by in Tips | 2 comments

Set Your Voice Free

Set Your Voice Free

Sound catchy? That’s the title of a book by “America’s #1 Vocal Coach” Roger Love that I bought some dozen years ago. At the time, I was living in cramped quarters, and when I would try to practice the funny sounds that he has his students pronounce, I would hear snickers from the people walking ...

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