Archive for March, 2011


MEL MCDANIEL LOSES FIGHT WITH CANCER

Country recording artist Mel McDaniel died today at the young age of 68.  He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry and the man behind the number one hit “Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On.”  I don’t claim to be a huge listener of country music, but I do remember him for sure. McDaniel […]

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DRAKE TO RECEIVE HAL DAVID STARLIGHT AWARD

Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman Jimmy Webb announced today that Drake will be the recipient of the prestigious Hal David Starlight Award, to be presented at the 42nd Annual Induction and Awards Dinner slated for Thursday, June 16 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Drake is one of music’s brightest new stars […]

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OKAY, MAROON 5, PENCILS DOWN!

The songwriting process was carried out the way that bands tend to do it.  Basically, a band will start with a beat that everyone can agree on, then start building riffs and phrases until it sounds like a song.  Then the journey begins!  I think I miss playing live and rehearsing with a band, because […]

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HANGING OUT WITH MAROON 5 FOR THE DAY

I’ve been enjoying being a fly-on-the-wall for Maroon 5 in the studio.  I am tuned in today to a twenty-four hour internet stream of the band’s process and progress.  They have been creating an original song from scratch, augmented by live inspiration from their fans.  They are in London, England as part of a promotional live […]

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BARRY MANN AND CYNTHIA WEIL TO RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS JOHNNY MERCER AWARD AT THE 2011 SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME GALA EVENT

Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman Jimmy Webb announced today that Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil will be the 2011 recipients of the esteemed Johnny Mercer Award at the 42nd Annual Induction and Awards Dinner slated for Thursday, June 16 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Throughout the past four decades, the melodies […]

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