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BBC - Radio 2 - Sold on Song - Songwriting Guides - Homepage

Songwriting Guides<p>Sold on Song's guide to songwriting and the music business<p>For expert advice on writing decent lyrics, great hooks or a melody to get the A&R scout humming.<br>Find out more<p>Laying some ground rules can help make collaborating fun and create great songs.<br>Find out more<p>Being on stage is …

Songwriting

Griffin House On The Benefit Of Songwriting Groups

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Songwriting

25 Great Songwriters on the Art of Songwriting

<i>Words of wisdom for aspiring songsmiths</i>

Princeton University

how I write songs, since you asked

over on my tumblr, deriphery asked: <i>When you write a song, do you know you are writing a song? Or does it start out like a poem or just a string of</i> …

Liz Phair

Big River -- What Novelists Can Learn From Songwriters

Johnny Cash was a brilliant musician, singer, performer and masterful songwriter. Johnny Cash condensed high concept ideas into short, resonating stories -- ripping people's hearts in four or five stanzas -- that stayed in millions of ears and memories. <i>Big River</i> was his best-told story. And he …

Paul McCartney on Songwriting, The Beatles and Revisiting Old Material

Paul McCartney’s 2013 album, <i>New</i>, should rank as one of his best solo works. Showcasing everything from glam and big rock to more personal and …

Des Moines

James Rotondi, "How to Write a Song A Week, Part 2: Hungry Babies and Wet Socks"

<b>James Rotondi</b> <i>is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and writer currently based in New York City. His career includes stints with Air, Mike Patton’s</i> …

9 Hit Songs You Had No Idea Were Written By Carole King

Theo Wargo/Getty Images<p>The Broadway musical "Beautiful"— the true story of Carole King's remarkable rise from behind-the-scenes songwriter to solo …

Soul Music

What Glen Hansard Learned From His Friend Jason Molina

It's been two years since Jason Molina passed away. The singer and songwriter, who also recorded under the names Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric …

Indie Music

Paul Simon - Paul Simon offers some advice about song writing -> Making Music (1983) by George Martin

Note: This article first appeared in George Martin�s book �Making Music�� in 1983, which is now deleted and long out of print<p>The way I wrote songs …

Michael Chabon’s Pop Songwriting Tips: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Reveals His Music Method

The celebrated novelist opens up about his move to music, penning several songs on Mark Ronson’s new album Uptown Special and annotating tunes on …

Creative Writing
Creativity

The Amazing: Songwriting and Self-Doubt

Christoffer Gunrup is so self-deprecating toward his own music, it’s hard to tell if he even appreciates it. “Maybe I don’t hate hate it, but I kind …

Songwriting

Story of a Life: Songwriters gather to share craft at The Writer's Share

By Jeremy Burgess<p>Birmingham is a city with a story.<p>It makes sense, then, that its residents would be eager to bear witness to the tales of others. …

James Rotondi, "How To Write A Song A Week"

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Concerts

The Brilliant Nonsense of Elvis Lyrics

Songwriting lessons from the King, as told by indie-rock singer Hamilton Leithauser<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b> <b>See entries from Claire Messud, Jonathan Franzen, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, and more.</b><p>Most song lyrics demand to …

New Albums

Carole King, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”

The way it usually works is that the songwriter comes up with a song and gets the first crack at performing it before other artists come along …

Hard Working Songwriter: Diane Warren - Nobody Works Harder

<b>Photo by Erik Asla</b><p><i>During the 14 years we've been doing these interviews, none of them has gotten requests for repeats like the one we did with</i> …

Songwriting

Jeff Tweedy's Subconscious Songwriting

The Wilco singer says Daniel Johnston epitomizes his mostly instinctual creative process.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b> <b>See entries from Claire Messud, Jonathan Franzen, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, and more.</b><p>When I asked him to …