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One As Beautiful As You

In Hear this, Lyrics, Music, See this, Songwriting on April 9, 2012 at 7:30 am

vangogh_self_portraitGrowing up in high school I ran with the crowd that thought it was cool to listen to retro music.  Artists like James Taylor, Janis Joplin, and Don McLean.  Listening to this music takes me back to a time when I thought about life and all its possibilities.  The poetic lyrics allowed my mind to dive in to search for the story they are telling between the lines.

I remember Mr. Phillips, teacher from my Gifted and Talented class from grade 7 – 12.  He is one of the champions of my life.  He was so inspirational.  Learning and self-discovery “turned him on” and he gave that passion to us.  Whether is was a movie, a book, a poem, a song lyric, he always challenged us to go deeper.  “What else could it mean?”  In a literal world full of rules, regulations, and black & white answers, that class helped my mind break free of the obvious answers in life. Read the rest of this entry »

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RELEASE: The Vespers To Release “The Fourth Wall” April 3rd

In Ability, expression, harmony/BGVs, Industry News, Know This, Lyrics, Music Business, Musician, nashville, People that Rock, Singing, Songwriting, You HAVE to on March 20, 2012 at 7:17 am

Two Sisters, Two Brothers – Create Infectious Folk-Pop.

The Vespers are one of those lucky young bands who are becoming a word of mouth sensation though they’ve only quietly self-released one record. With two sisters on lead vocals and two brothers filling out the sound, the foursome are distinguished by an arsenal of instruments and the kind of harmony only siblings can create. They have toured from Boston to Austin, hitting everything from festivals to college campuses. On The Fourth Wall out April 3rd, they Read the rest of this entry »

Mary Gauthier: The Foundling

In Best Practices, Best Practices, Favorite Song, Hear this, Industry News, Lyrics, Melody, Music, Music Advocate, Music Business, People that Rock, Performance, Songwriting, You HAVE to on March 12, 2012 at 1:03 am

Just now coming down from the musical high that The International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis delivered, we bring you a conference highlight – Mary Gauthier (pronounced GOH-shay).  Let’s start with a quick wiki bio to open you up to who Mary is; at least briefly in black and white…

Gauthier was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Given up at birth by a mother she never knew, Gauthier was adopted by an Italian Catholic couple in Thibodaux, Louisiana. At age 15, she ran away from home, and spent the next several years in drug rehabilitation, halfway houses, and living with friends; she spent her 18th birthday in a jail cell. Read the rest of this entry »

We Will FOLK You: 24th Annual International FOLK Alliance Conference 2012

In Ability, Best Practices, Best Practices, Industry News, Know This, Lyrics, Music, Music Business, Musician, Networking, People that Rock, Performance, Singing, Songwriting, Try this, You HAVE to on February 23, 2012 at 4:15 pm

There is no shortage of music, talent or heart at the 24th Annual International Folk Alliance Conference.  Singer-Songwriters, artists, gypsies, an array of musical instruments and lyrical styles takes over the downtown Marriott of Memphis, TN. We will, we will folk you! Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Celebrating the Music of Motown Songwriting Legend: Barrett Strong

In awards, BMI, Favorite Song, Industry News, Know This, Lyrics, Melody, Music, Music Business, Music History, People that Rock, Songwriting, You HAVE to on August 29, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Sunday night, August 28 at the BB Kings Blues Club, hit songwriter Barrett Strong was honored by BMI, Nashville Blues Society, The Galaxie Agency, TSU, 97.1 WRQQ, and World Music Nashville, along with hundreds of fans!

Barrett Strong is a Motown songwriting legend with BMI certified hits like:

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 »

The Nashville Choir Honors the Rich Musical History of Bill & Gloria Gaither

In Ability, Best Practices, Industry News, Know This, Lyrics, Melody, Music, Music Business, Music History, Musician, nashville, People that Rock, Performance, Singing, Songwriting, You HAVE to on May 2, 2011 at 11:31 pm

Sunday, May 1, The Nashville Choir honored the rich musical history of Bill and Gloria Gaither.  Who better to celebrate at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center than the ASCAP named Christian Songwriters of the Century – Bill and Gloria!

The event was filled with music arranged specifically for the night played flawlessly by the orchestra.  This sold-out performance honored Bill and Gloria while simultaneously contributing to The Gospel Music Trust Fund and the non-profit activities of TNC. Read the rest of this entry »

Tin Pan South 2011

In creativity, Industry News, Know This, Lyrics, Melody, Music, Music Business, nashville, NSAI, People that Rock, Performance, Recommended Music Venue, Songwriting, Tin Pan South, Try this, You HAVE to on March 9, 2011 at 5:59 am

Tin Pan South 2011

The mayor of Nashville, Mayor Karl Dean, was one of the first to officially welcome the Tin Pan South Songwriter’s Festival at the preview party on Tuesday, March 8 at the Rutledge (one of the 9 venues to host the festivities this year.) Read the rest of this entry »

NashVEGAS Goes To Hollywood

In Academy Awards, awards, Best Practices, Industry News, Lyrics, Melody, Music, Music Business, Ponder this, Songwriting, You HAVE to on March 1, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Gwyneth singing "Coming Home" at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards

This year, Nashville songwriters were up for Best Original Song in a motion picture for their work in Country Strong. Nashville’s own Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey and Troy Verges were nominated for their song, “Coming Home.” Kudos to being in the running, but the award went to Randy Newman for his work in Toy Story 3 (20 times nominated, 2-time winner).  The Academy Award for Best Original Song is one of the awards given annually to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Read the rest of this entry »

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