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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 »

The Home of The Brave…

In Ability, expression, Industry News, Lyrics, Performance, Ponder this, Singing, Stage Fright, United States, You HAVE to on February 7, 2011 at 11:40 am

Just remember the last lines Christina and be brave.  The rockets are blazing for sure, but it isn’t the kind of fireworks her publicist was hoping for just minutes after Christina Aguilera’s Super Bowl performance.  But then again, look what the Taylor-Kanye fiasco did for both of them… Without jumping on too many bandwagons or picking up too many stones at once here people, just remember – it happens.

Singers make mistakes, when is the last time 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 »

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 »

And the Oscar Goes To…

In Academy Awards, awards, Hear this, Lyrics, Melody, Music, Singing, Songwriting, Try this, You HAVE to on March 4, 2010 at 6:00 am

All this week the nominees for Best Original Song have been featured here on the blog.  The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry, including directors, actors, and writers.

So why talk about it here – what does it have to do with Nashville or music? Read the rest of this entry »

Italian Nine or French Thirty-Six

In Academy Awards, awards, Hear this, Lyrics, Melody, Music, Songwriting, You HAVE to on March 3, 2010 at 9:55 am

Movie Poster from Nine (2009)

Over 2000 miles away, Hollywood is the American Film capital.  Due to its fame and cultural identity as the historical center of movie studios and movie stars, the word “Hollywood” is often used as a metonymy  of American cinema.  Just as actors and actresses complete their mecca when they end up at movie studio gates, so to do songwriters flock to the streets of Nashville and attempt to fulfill their life’s purpose when writing music.  With these two cities being so far apart in purpose and location, what joins them?  Read the rest of this entry »

The Odds Are In His Favor

In Hear this, Life Around Me, Music, Singing, Songwriting, You HAVE to on March 2, 2010 at 4:30 pm

With the Oscars less than a week away, how can music lovers look forward to the awards?  Songs tell stories and most people who love a good song, enjoy a good movie.  More specifically though, there are a few categories that cater to the musical mind.  One of those is Best Original Song.  This year the odds are in favor for Randy Newman.

Randy monopolizes the 5 slot list with two entries

Rocks In Your Shoes

In Favorite Song, Hear this, Live Music Venue, Lyrics, Mission Statement, Music, nashville, People that Rock, Ponder this, Singing, You HAVE to on September 26, 2009 at 6:00 am

Last night I got to see Emily West in concert at 12th and Porter in Nashville, TN.  Let me just say, this girl sings with every ounce of her spirit and every inch of her long blond hair.  The crowd was already warmed up by Kingbilly and Whitney Duncan when Emily took the stage at 10:00 p.m.  Her captivating vocals and enthusiastic delivery had the crowd singing along and following every note.  Her artistic performance allowed people to see the passion that drives what she does! Read the rest of this entry »

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