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Songwriters

Taylor: Swift Boat or Love Boat

Shelly Peiken | Posted 11.10.2014 | 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...

Kia Makarechi

A Veteran Songwriter Finds His Own Voice

HuffingtonPost.com | Kia Makarechi | Posted 07.17.2013 | Entertainment

Dan Black has leant his songwriting genius to the likes of Kid Cudi, Imogen Heap and Mikky Ekko, but it's the words he's penned -- and sung -- himself...

The Jewish Legacy on Broadway

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 08.13.2013 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

Besides the incredible talent that the composers and lyricists of the 20th century had in common, they also, nearly every single one of them, were Jewish. These men (and they were ALL men) gave the United States musical theater unlike any it had never seen before.

'StageLight Gives Wannabee Musicians and Songwriters the Pro Tools' Says Linkin Park

Bill_Robinson | Posted 08.06.2013 | Technology
Bill_Robinson

Musicians have been waiting decades for an alternative which would allow musicians, pro and amateur to make their product, and make it with more ease and less hassle, headache and most importantly, less expenditure.

Bravery Tapes: Young Courage Amid Mexico's Violence

Jens Erik Gould | Posted 05.27.2013 | World
Jens Erik Gould

Of all the horrors associated with a conflict that has killed tens of thousands of Mexicans, the country's children and adolescents are perhaps the greatest casualty.

Co-Writer Of 'Oh, Pretty Woman' Dies At 73

AP | Posted 12.31.2012 | Entertainment

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — Bill Dees emerged from his days as an out-of-cash young songwriter to pen tunes recorded by Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn and...

A Music Maven: Jamming With Emily Zuzik

Laura Cococcia | Posted 08.19.2011 | Entertainment
Laura Cococcia

Emily believes in the power of intuition to guide her, adoring her inspirations, but not a slave to the rules of what must define a songwriter. I'm thrilled to share more about the world behind her story.

How Consumers Would Benefit From the AT&T/T-Mobile USA Merger

Rick Carnes | Posted 07.04.2011 | Technology
Rick Carnes

The interests of music suppliers and wireless consumers coincide -- content protection is in everyone's interest. This makes the AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile something to be glad about.

"What Really Happened" at Time Magazine?

Rick Carnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rick Carnes

When Time reports on other iconic thieves, like Bernie Madoff, they most often take a victim's perspective. Why, then, do they always take the thieves' and looter's perspective when it comes to Internet piracy?

MUSIC TO OUR EARS: The Secrets of Songwriters

wsj.com | JOHN JURGENSEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

It's close to midnight in a Manhattan recording studio, and a songwriter is listening to a work in progress, one that he hopes millions will soon know...

Susan Cowsill Soars with CD Release Lighthouse

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Georgianne Nienaber

For anyone who has followed Cowsill's career in recent years, or caught her national tours and regular gigs in New Orleans, the rendition of "River of Love" will offer a swift kick in the gut.