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Tin Pan What??

In Best Practices, expression, Industry News, Live Music Venue, Lyrics, Melody, Music, Music Business, nashville, Networking, NSAI, Perspective, Singing, Songwriting, Tin Pan South, Try this, You HAVE to on March 24, 2010 at 1:47 pm

No, Paula Dean is not making her way to Nashville right now for the Annual Southern Baker’s Convention.  March 30 – April 3 is not the time of year professional bums converge on Music City to learn how to “shake the pan” and earn a better living on the streets.  Then the question still remains – tin pan what?

TIN PAN SOUTH, the 18th Annual actually, is organized by the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI).  According to the Tennessean, Read the rest of this entry »

Why I Don’t Have A Current Male Hit Country Song

In Lyrics, Perspective, Songwriting on March 22, 2010 at 6:00 am

Frank Michels

By: Frank Michels

I’ve been listening to the male country songs that are on the radio right now, and a few things are becoming clear. Even though I’ve been writing songs for about 30 years, I now realize that I am lacking some of the prerequisites for success on the country charts.  For instance…

I don’t own nearly enough firearms.

  • “Rifle in a gun rack hanging in the back glass” (Backwoods)
  • “An F-150 and a 30-ought-6” (Hillbilly Bone)
  • “Our houses are protected by the good Lord and a gun” (Way Out Here) Read the rest of this entry »

Curiosity Might Have Killed the Cat, But It Makes a Musician (pt. 2)

In Art, creativity, Curiosity, expression, Life Around Me, Lyrics, mind, Music, Musician, Perspective, Ponder this, Singing, Songwriting, You HAVE to on March 19, 2010 at 6:00 am

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Curiosity leads to problem solving. This need to find, understand, and define life is the main motivation of many scientists. In its development as wonder or admiration, it is generally curiosity that makes a human being want to become an expert in a field of knowledge.   Dr. Ben Dean of the University of Pennsylvania says this, “Curiosity is associated with intelligence and problem-solving ability.  Read the rest of this entry »

Curiosity Might Have Killed the Cat, But It Makes a Musician

In Art, creativity, Curiosity, expression, Life Around Me, Lyrics, mind, Music, Musician, Perspective, Ponder this, Singing, Songwriting, You HAVE to on March 18, 2010 at 10:49 am

“The important thing is not to stop questioning.  Curiosity has its own reason for existing.  One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality.  It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day.  Never lose a holy curiosity,” Albert Einstein.  This “holy curiosity” might have killed the cat, but it is the very fiber of creative musicians.  Read the rest of this entry »

The House That Built Me

In Favorite Song, Hear this, Live Music Venue, Lyrics, Melody, Music, nashville, People that Rock, Perspective, Recommended Music Venue, Singing, Songwriting, You HAVE to on March 10, 2010 at 10:47 am

Living in Nashville you have the rare privilege to fly in and out of music venues to experience the genius, heart, and extraordinary talent of local songwriters and artists.  Last night was no different.  In the Loft at Mad Donna’s in East Nashville, a crowd of music aficianados packed the nooks and crannys to hear the music and lyrics of Tom Douglas, Natalie Hemby, Bruce Robison and Lori McKenna.  In between poetic lines and soulful melodies, the crowd was drawn in my the transparent delivery of these brave artists and found themselves tucked in the music. Read the rest of this entry »

Time’s Not Afraid To Fly: Inspiration

In Favorite Song, Hear this, Lyrics, Music, People that Rock, Perspective, Songwriting, You HAVE to on January 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Being that this is the final entry in a three part series of blogs, it is only fair to reveal the source of Time’s Not Afraid To Fly.  Last summer I had the honor of being accepted to attend Skip Ewing’s Horse and Writer event in Wyoming.  This week-long event connected me with some of best undiscovered musical talent of Nashville.  One of the other invited songwriters was Jeffrey East.  Jeffrey is one of those passionately, musical souls you meet along the way that you are definitely better for knowing.  As I was listening to Time on his youtube channel, I realized that was it the beginning of my first blog for 2010.

The song starts out like this… Read the rest of this entry »

Embrace Kritikos

In Best Practices, Lyrics, Melody, Music Advocate, Music Business, Perspective, Songwriting, You HAVE to on November 4, 2009 at 1:36 pm

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Art is personal.  Creativity comes from the soul and in-turn the creator gets very possessive of their ideas.  Musical artists have intense ownership over their craft.  Like a mother bear to its cub they go to great lengths to protect their work.  This of course is understandable.  The time it takes to develop ideas, write from the heart, and “get real” in your lyrics is emotionally, mentally, and at times physically draining.  Something that takes that much out of a person would and should mean a great deal to them. Read the rest of this entry »

But It Is A GREAT Song?

In Best Practices, Lyrics, Melody, Music, Music Business, nashville, Perspective, Ponder this, Singing, Songwriting, You HAVE to on October 6, 2009 at 10:59 am

surprisedSongwriters in the music industry can be labeled as amateurs or professionals.  The only distinction between the two titles is money.  Amateurs do not get paid and professionals do.  Titles do not make you a good songwriter, but if you want to make a living out of creating songs, you better hope you make it to the professional side of the road.  But how does one turn into a professional songwriter?

Simple, an artist needs to record/cut your song.  That is it.  Sounds easy right?  But the ratio of songs to artists is absolutely in favor of the artist. Not to mention the long line of people between the artist and the songwriter that are allowed and encouraged to voice their opinion.  Your song has to be bullet proof.  Read the rest of this entry »

Horse and Writer 2009: You Picked Me??

In Know This, Lyrics, Melody, Music Business, Perspective, Songwriting, Uncategorized, You HAVE to on September 30, 2009 at 2:25 pm
I shot this picture while out at the ranch!

I shot this picture while out at the ranch!

As I was sitting at the Commodore Grill in December of 2008, I was chatting with fellow songwriter Lorna Flowers.  We were discussing strategies to enhance our writing and be noticed in town.  She could hardly contain herself when she described her recent experience at Horse and Writer (2008).  She went on and on about how it was the chance of a lifetime to get away and examine yourself as a writer.  As Lorna spoke of the opportunity to meet Skip Ewing and other hit songwriters she expressed her gratefulness for this experience and that everyone should try to go. Read the rest of this entry »

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