Archive for the ‘Songwriting Tips and Instruction’ Category


IRVING BERLIN – A GREAT AMERICAN SONGWRITER

On this day, 123 years ago, a great American songwriter was born – Irving Berlin.  He is one of those individuals whose compostions have left an indelible influence on songwriters and musicians in the twentieth century.  Only time will tell, but I believe his work will live on for centuries, just like the great composers […]

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DAVE GROHL FIGHTS FOO IN HIS GARAGE

Award winning songwriter Richard Marx sent this my way. This a cool video for those who are technical and make their own demos in their garage or basement or bedroom. Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters fame likes to say the F word a lot in this clip, but what he does reveal is his affinity […]

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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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Video Completed – “What a Working Mom Can Do”

This is a typical example of just one of my single-man projects. I wrote the song “What a Working Mom Can Do” in about three days at the request of a good business friend of mine. This was intended to be a theme song to promote a mutual colleague’s company, a business that empowers working […]

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Bootsy Collins Shows You His Basic Funk Formula

Bootsy Collins is one of my all-time favorite bass players.  He is best known for playing with James Brown and Parliament-Funkadelic, and is a Rock and Roll Hall Of Famer.  Not only did he play a unique star-shaped guitar called the “Space Bass,” he had a distinctive playing style on his recordings, the kind that […]

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Remembering Steve Allen the Songwriter – Part Two

This is Part Two.  Part One can be read here >> Legend has it, Steve made a public bet with Frankie Laine that he could write 50 songs each day for one week.  They sweetened the wager by ponying up a grand and sharing the experience with fans of the television program by taking it […]

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Natalie Merchant, To See Or Not To See? (Part Two)

All right, so…Natalie Merchant put out album number five since going solo.  The last four were plentiful enough to fill a retrospective or greatest hits CD, so I guess she decided to change things up a little.  The current album is called Leave Your Sleep, and it’s a two disc set with thirteen songs on […]

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A Peek Behind the Scenes Of a New Project 02

In this next video, I give you a behind scenes look at a current songwriting project.   I go through the optional process of researching my theme, in case it’s one that I haven’t experienced.   My assignment: Working Moms. I’ll have a lot more later, but I wanted to test drive this process. Be your best.  […]

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A Peek Behind the Scenes Of a New Project 01

Okay!!! The new you tube channel is up, but I will post more comments later. Here is a new video for a current project! In this first video, I give you a behind scenes look at a current songwriting project. I will start with receiving the proposal, and then doing the optional research and preparation. […]

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