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Chasing Summer

In Co-writing, harmony/BGVs, Hear this, Industry News, Live Music Venue, Lyrics, Melody, Music, Music Business, Performance, Singing, Songwriting, You HAVE to on February 3, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Sun. Cool breezes. Warmth. Eternal Summer. What would life be like if you never encountered Winter’s seasonal chill? Evading the brittle trees waiting for leaves and snow covered ground dreaming of green would place you in a category of gypsies chasing Summer. With a good travel agent, you could traverse the globe in search of mild climates, always landing in sunshine… never seeing Winter again.  That’s what Tammy Rochelle and Joseph Bamber have in mind. Read the rest of this entry »

Singer-Songwriters Growing Younger By The Year

In Best Practices, Co-writing, creativity, Hear this, Music, Music Advocate, Music Business, nashville, Networking, NSAI, People that Rock, Songwriting, Trends, You HAVE to on July 18, 2011 at 7:20 am

Turn on the radio, tune into your favorite music video channel on TV, or watch the latest viral sensations on YouTube and you will find stars in the making getting younger and younger. Has it always been this way?  Are we now so saturated with media and the internet that we are simply more aware or is it a trend in the making? Read the rest of this entry »

Nashville Songwriters Association International: Join the club

In Best Practices, Co-writing, Lyrics, Melody, Music, Music Business, nashville, NSAI, People that Rock, Songwriting, Try this, You HAVE to on June 8, 2011 at 8:15 am

“No man or woman is an island.  To exist just for yourself is meaningless.  You can achieve the most satisfaction when you feel related to some greater purpose in life, something greater than yourself,” Denis Waitley.

Back in 1967 a group of Nashville songwriters thought it would be a good idea to band together and form a songwriter’s association.  This organization of like-minded writers would come together to protect the rights, interests and dreams of songwriters.  They took Denis Waitley’s comments to heart and formed Nashville Songwriters Association International.

Today, NSAI is in it’s 44th year, and it is stronger than ever!  Acting as the unofficial “Chamber of Commerce” for Music Row, it is a buzzing hive of activity.  Read the rest of this entry »

Creative Improv Workshop: Beating the Fear of Failure

In Best Practices, Co-writing, expression, Music Advocate, nashville, Networking, People that Rock, Performance, Singing, Songwriting, Stage Fright, Try this, You HAVE to on April 26, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Is this what stage fright does to you?

“A little bit of stage fright, then I’m ready,” Faith Hill.  The key word in this quote is little.  The excitement of getting on stage before a crowd causes the performer to focus, treat the entertaining position with respect and rise to the occasion.  Fear of being in front of a crowd is common; when it becomes debilitating is when it turns into a problem.  Most professional performers would agree that a small amount of stage fright never goes away. Read the rest of this entry »

Songwriting 101: The Christmas Song

In Co-writing, Favorite Song, Life Around Me, Lyrics, Music, Music History, Singing, Songwriting on December 14, 2009 at 5:00 am

"Chestnuts roasting on an open fire..."

The art of writing songs is one of the most captivating subjects for musical zealots.  When written in harmony with a touching melody, simple-everyday-words become lyrics.  Lyrics have the power to transcend generations and geographical boundaries to touch the heart, mind, and soul of the listener.  This is definitely the case for The Christmas Song.

Written in 1944 by vocalist Mel Tormé and Bob Wells, The Christmas Song is often subtitled, “Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire.”  According to Tormé’s own account the song was written in the blistering days of summer.
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They’re Just Not That Into You

In Best Practices, Co-writing, Music Business, nashville, Networking, Songwriting on October 13, 2009 at 12:43 pm

not talkingThe dance of co-writing songs is like dating.  You have two people passionately connected to music who decide to give a relationship a whirl based on that commonality.  You get together a few times in attempts to get to know one another.  You might even write a song or two.  But there are red flags, the chemistry isn’t there and he or she is just not that into you.

It isn’t that they don’t like you as a person (well, sometimes it is, but that is an entire blog by itself).  Songwriters have individual tool kits that are unique to them.  In the tool kit of your strengths and abilities you may find the following Read the rest of this entry »

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