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songwriting  // Posts tagged as "songwriting"

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

Getting Out of the Four Chord Rut

Getting Out of the Four Chord Rut

Many would consider a four-chord-song to be a song with one completely unnecessary chord in it, and it is true that there are many brilliant three-chord-songs. Country songwriter Harlan Howard famously stated that all he needed was “three chords and the truth” and my mother-in-law used to joke that she only knew how to play ...

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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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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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30 May Posted by in Podcast | Comments

SiS Podcast: David Guilbault

SiS Podcast: David Guilbault

David Guilbault Classic Americana singer/songwriter David Guilbault is interviewed by SiS Organizer Chris Klimecky. David & Chris go in-depth about David’s latest experimental project: Giving his songs to 4 different producers to let them do what they will. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Click the play icon above to stream, or click here ...

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01 May Posted by in Podcast | Comments

SiS Podcast: Erin Jordan

SiS Podcast: Erin Jordan

Erin Jordan Retro-cabaret singer/songwriter Erin Jordan is interviewed by SiS Organizer Chris Klimecky. Erin shares songs from her new album with the band Bakelite 78, insight into her original sound and songwriting process, and performs a new song, “Jim.” [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Click the play icon above to stream, or click ...

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29 Mar Posted by in Podcast | Comments

SiS Podcast: Rebekah Ann Curtis

SiS Podcast: Rebekah Ann Curtis

Rebekah Ann Curtis Singer/Songwriter Rebekah Ann Curtis is interviewed by SiS Organizer Chris Klimecky. Rebekah shares new, unreleased tracks along with stories about her songwriting and performing history. She performs “What Goes Up” live to finish the show. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Click the play icon above to stream, or click here ...

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28 Feb Posted by in Podcast | Comments

SiS Podcast: Jabi Shriki

SiS Podcast: Jabi Shriki

Jabi Shriki Pop/Rock musician Jabi Shriki is interviewed by SiS Organizer Chris Klimecky. Jabi shares tracks from his new album, Puzzle Pieces, and the philosphy behind them as well as a new tune played live. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Click the play icon above to stream, or click here to download Click ...

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30 Jan Posted by in Podcast | Comments

SiS Podcast: Charlie Heinemann

SiS Podcast: Charlie Heinemann

January, 2012 Charlie Heinemann Americana singer/songwriter Charlie Heinemann is interviewed by SiS Organizer Chris Klimecky. Charlie shares songwriting tips, songs from the album “Disheartened” with his band The Repeat Offenders, and plays a new song live. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Click the play icon above to stream, or click here to download ...

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