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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, 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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28 Jan Posted by in Blog, Newsletter, Tips | Comments

Top 10 Songwriting Insights From Durango

Top 10 Songwriting Insights From Durango

Twice a year for the last six years or so, I have attended the four-day Durango Songwriters Expo. The people that attend this intensive confab are publishers, film supervisors, performers, and most of all songwriters of all ages. I’m going to break with my usual MO here and not drop any names, but I can ...

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28 Jan Posted by in Blog, Newsletter | Comments

Meet the Host: Todd Christoffel

Meet the Host: Todd Christoffel

Todd Christoffel, a long-time member of the Songwriters in Seattle Board of Directors has recently taken on our newest showcase, the Columbia City Theatre. As host, he will help SiS songwriters put their best foot forward when playing their original compositions at this historic landmark, previously graced by the likes of Quincy Jones, Jimi Hendrix, ...

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28 Jan Posted by in Blog, Newsletter | Comments

Meet the Board: Griffin James

Meet the Board: Griffin James

With the desire to build a more friendly and welcoming community through our volunteer efforts, Songwriters in Seattle would like you to get to know our volunteer leaders. This month we’d like to introduce active Board Member, host of the monthly networking meeting, and newsletter editor Griffin, in his own words: I began plinking around ...

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SiS Featured Songwriter: Andy “Roo” Forrest

SiS Featured Songwriter: Andy “Roo” Forrest

Songwriters discussing their craft often focus on structure and style, or perhaps a particular genre that inspires their stylistic choices. However, songwriter Andy “Roo” Forrest’s writing process begins at his feet… literally. “I walk. I have written everything while walking. I sing, tap out rhythms, talk to myself and make noises while I walk and ...

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29 Dec Posted by in Blog, Newsletter, Tips | 5 comments

The Honest Lyric

The Honest Lyric

There is no right or wrong way to write a song lyric. And there are no right or wrong lyrics. But, there is truth and falsehood. Is your song honest? Or are you just making rhymes? I was honored to be asked to write this column exploring the craft of lyric writing. I have no ...

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29 Dec Posted by in Blog, Newsletter, Tips | 2 comments

All About Five (Or V For Victory)

All About Five (Or V For Victory)

SUMMARY: This debut article takes a reasonably deep look at a basic topic. It describes the dominant chords, which are often referred to as V and V7. I’ll also illustrate how the chords function, how they’re used, and I’ll end with some examples. You’ll learn that a dominant chord can be used alone, or you ...

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SiS Featured Artist of the Month: Jaspar Lepak

SiS Featured Artist of the Month:  Jaspar Lepak

Jaspar Lepak has become, according to Richard Haslop, Audio Video Magazine (South Africa) “… a compelling and sometimes even riveting singer, pure and pretty without being precious, emotionally raw without being raunchy, with a clean, clear voice that drifts between folk, country and that middle ground that has been identified, by those who decide these ...

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