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Country Newcomer Aaron Parker Takes Old-School Approach to EP Launch

Brittany Hodak | Posted 10.01.2015 | Entertainment
Brittany Hodak

Aaron Parker is an unabashed '90s country music superfan. It's no surprise, then, that Parker's sound is reminiscent of the era, simultaneously evoking a classic sound while impressive production makes his debut EP simultaneously current.

A Better Place to Be: Induct Harry Chapin into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

Craig E. Sherman | Posted 09.14.2015 | Entertainment
Craig E. Sherman

Chapin's untimely death in 1981, undoubtedly robbed the world of some of the most prolific and beautiful songs that he sadly was never able to write.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Dear Bob Lefsetz--Please R.S.V.P.

Shelly Peiken | Posted 08.19.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Of course our largest area of discourse will be our polar opposite views on the way in which music creators are being compensated (or not compensated) in the current digital economy...(yours being: stream away and embrace the new era; mine -- fair market value for my content, please).

The 100 Greatest Songwriters Of All Time

Rolling Stone | Adam Goldberg | Posted 08.13.2015 | Entertainment

via Rolling Stone...

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Disney's 'Descendants' and the Journey of a Song

Shelly Peiken | Posted 07.28.2015 | Entertainment
Shelly Peiken

Sixteen months ago as I was walking across the Wesleyan campus on a college tour with my daughter, my iPhone buzzed. I had told myself I would not be taking business calls on this trip. But this was different.

Gothard Sisters' New CD Inspired by "Love of Simple, Timeless, and Transcendent Things"

Pam Stucky | Posted 06.24.2015 | Entertainment
Pam Stucky

The Gothard Sisters, three sisters who are "multi-instrumentalist Celtic-influenced folk musicians, songwriters, and performers from the Pacific Northwest, USA," have a new CD out this week, Mountain Rose.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: F-F-F-Fifty?

Shelly Peiken | Posted 05.19.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

I often say (and you've probably heard me say it), that when I started out in this business of writing songs I was twenty. Everyone else was twenty. Now I'm fifty-something and everyone else is five. I'm exaggerating about the five, but you know what I mean.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: (Not So) Gently Down the Stream

Shelly Peiken | Posted 06.30.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

If you've been in the songwriting business for more that a few years, you've undoubtedly seen your royalty statements fizzle so I'm sure this statement will make you crazy: Spotify is worth more than the entire U.S. music industry.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Songland

Shelly Peiken | Posted 06.14.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Songland will be giving the average American aspiring songwriter a chance to pitch their song to top artists and producers in hopes that it will become an international smash.

The Unsung Hero of Sixties Music

Steve North | Posted 05.27.2015 | Entertainment
Steve North

"I met him on a Monday and my heart stood still." That's the opening line of the 1963 hit "Da Doo Ron Ron", one of a string of songs that vividly captured the essence of teenage romance in a way American popular music had rarely done.

Taylor: Swift Boat or Love Boat

Shelly Peiken | Posted 01.10.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Last week was a convenient window for Taylor Swift haters to come out. She pulled her songs from Spotify and now has the only debut album of 2014 to go platinum in one week. Is she a music creator advocate or a savvy business woman? Perhaps she is both.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: iPhone Wrist

Shelly Peiken | Posted 12.23.2014 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

I've noticed a dull ache in the base of my right hand at the end of the day. I have iPhone wrist. It's like tennis elbow. Except it's not from tennis and it doesn't involve an elbow. I can't be the only one.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Shouting out to a Teacher Who Changed My Life

Shelly Peiken | Posted 12.14.2014 | Education
Shelly Peiken

He humored me and assigned me to the right (as opposed to the left) side of the bleachers with the sopranos. I strained to reach the notes.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Ch-Ch-Ch Changes

Shelly Peiken | Posted 11.26.2014 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

There's been a lot of scaling down over the last decade, and it's hard to say where things are going. But one thing's for sure...I feel lucky that I got a chance to go to that party. To have a taste of that cake, dance on the tables, and drink from the champagne fountain on Grammy night.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Second Guessing the Hits

Shelly Peiken | Posted 11.19.2014 | Entertainment
Shelly Peiken

Sheryl's performance made me want to hear more. Such was the function of a single back then. It made you want to hear the rest of the album because chances were there would be other songs that were just as good. Maybe even better.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Say Cheese

Shelly Peiken | Posted 11.12.2014 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

One day I took a picture of my daughter and her first love. She looked so happy in it, like the sun bursting through the clouds. I gave the photo a name. I called it, "This is how you make me feel."

There's No Song Like The First Song

Shelly Peiken | Posted 09.16.2014 | Entertainment
Shelly Peiken

The first song you write with someone is like a first kiss. The songs (or the kisses) that follow might be better for other reasons, or you might never want to write another song with that person again. Either way there's no song like the first song. There just isn't.

Louise Goffin Welcomes a Few Village People to Her Magical Music Kingdom

Michael Bialas | Posted 09.14.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

It's not often that a musician serenades an interviewer over the phone, but these were unusual circumstances.

Shelly Gets Her Groove Back

Shelly Peiken | Posted 09.01.2014 | Entertainment
Shelly Peiken

Yesterday my 16 year old daughter and I had plans to get together with our mother/daughter friends in Westlake, a 45 minute drive from our house.

Why I Love Me Some Bruno Mars

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 04.02.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

I'm only watching the Super Bowl for ONE reason this year: Bruno Mars. Let me give you some background on that.

Jimmy Lloyd: Building Music and Media From the Grassroots Up

Jaime Lubin | Posted 11.20.2013 | Media
Jaime Lubin

Often touted as "Inside the Actors Studio for songwriters," JLSS is in fact a totally unique enterprise, based around the concept that good music with meaningful lyrics will ultimately build a community.

Getting the Government Out of Songwriting: Voluntary Licenses Should Replace Consent Decrees or Compulsory Licenses

Chris Castle | Posted 11.17.2013 | Entertainment
Chris Castle

Songwriters watch huge public companies essentially given a pass on mergers and other anticompetitive activities that have a profound effect on the U.S. consumers.

Five Things Congress Could Do for Music Creators That Wouldn't Cost the Taxpayer a Dime Part 4

Chris Castle | Posted 09.03.2013 | Entertainment
Chris Castle

The US is alone in the world in maintaining a compulsory license for songs. The government forces songwriters to license their songs at a rate approved by the government and then has rather flimsy rules about how songwriters actually get paid.

Five Things Congress Could Do for Music Creators That Wouldn't Cost the Taxpayer a Dime Part 2: Update the Compulsory License for Songwriters

Chris Castle | Posted 08.05.2013 | Entertainment
Chris Castle

Abandoning the government mandated compulsory license would free songwriters to participate in the market for reproductions of their songs, and would be a great step forward.

PlayMusician Committed to Promoting Diverse Musical Talent

Jim Luce | Posted 09.18.2013 | Arts
Jim Luce

Variety is wonderful, and that is exactly what you get at PlayMusician Jam Nights (PM-jamnites). For audiences open to experiencing an array of music...