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Songwriting

Summon Your Inner Songwriter

Tom Sturges | Posted 08.01.2014 | Arts
Tom Sturges

Successful Songwriting is not a science by any means. It's an art, by every means. Everyone who practices it practices it very differently. It appears in different forms through myriad channels and inspirations.

How A 90-Year-Old, A Composer, And A Struggling Music Student Are Changing Education Forever

Corey Ferrugia | Posted 07.31.2014 | Education
Corey Ferrugia

Critical thinking has been the buzzword in education for a while, but it's not critical or creative thinking. It's critical AND creative thinking.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Hashtag Hiatus

Shelly Peiken | Posted 07.30.2014 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

I ran into Wendy Wilson (of Wilson Phillips) at M.Fredric clothing store on Ventura Boulevard last week. I was killing some time before my mani-pedi. My daughter had just dropped me off. That was a first.

Sarah McLachlan on Music and the Industry

Quora | Posted 07.29.2014 | Entertainment
Quora

"I think any musician who can take a piece of music and not just play it but can put themselves and all their passion into it becomes an artist even if it's only them hearing it."

Sarah McLachlan on Her Influences and Inspirations

Quora | Posted 07.29.2014 | Entertainment
Quora

"I wrote 'Angel' after being on the road for almost two years straight and was both mentally and physically drained."

There's No Song Like The First Song

Shelly Peiken | Posted 07.17.2014 | 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.

Shelly Gets Her Groove Back

Shelly Peiken | Posted 07.02.2014 | 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.

Jae Jin's House of Cards

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 06.27.2014 | Entertainment
Kristin Meekhof

In May of 2013, Jae Jin was a 28-year-old doing community outreach for a Baltimore non-profit agency when a friend encouraged him to audition for a sm...

Songwriter's Pie Anyone?

Shelly Peiken | Posted 06.19.2014 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

I can't believe I'm actually going to say this. I many never work in this town again. But here goes. Financially, it's less and less possible for a songwriter to make a decent living. I know of a few who have contributed to hit songs that are still having trouble paying their rent.

Suspend Your Search for a Savior

Peter Himmelman | Posted 06.02.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Peter Himmelman

You have volition. You can make changes to your work. You have a say over your artistic output. You have the ability to exercise your will. Hanging around waiting for someone else's approval takes you out of the driver's seat and causes you to mistrust yourself.

An Interview With Alanis Morissette: When I Take Care of Myself, There's Always Inspiration

Omega Institute | Posted 06.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Omega Institute

Alanis Morissette shares how she remains creative after more than 20 years writing award-winning music.

The Art of Y: Redefining the Music Industry

Alex Schattner | Posted 04.23.2014 | Arts
Alex Schattner

On Jan. 30, I spoke with singer/songwriter Lily Virginia. After several years in the making, her self-titled EP is debuting on March 8t...

The Grammys and Us

Dennis Welch | Posted 03.31.2014 | Entertainment
Dennis Welch

Writing can be a lonely job. We, for the most part, write alone. Occasionally we bring in a co-writer, but most often it is just us, sitting in a room somewhere, sweating over a keyboard or a pencil and paper, hoping to fill the page with words that matter.

12-Year-Old Singing Her First Original Song Is Amazing

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 01.25.2014 | Teen

Portland resident Nora Burkhartsmeier may only be 12-years-old, but she's already honed her singing and songwriting skills with the help of voice teac...

Mike Ryan

How The Catchiest Song Of The Year Was Made

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Ryan | Posted 12.02.2013 | Entertainment

Right smack in the middle of "Inside Llewyn Davis," Joel and Ethan Coen's ode to New York City's folk music scene of the early 1960s, the audience is ...

Sia's Dilemma: Does Working With Eminem Validate His Hate Speech Against Gays?

Keo Nozari | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Keo Nozari

I wrote to Sia on Twitter and expressed my disappointment. I wasn't expecting a reply, but, to my surprise, she responded and thoughtfully listened, and we proceeded to have a lengthy (by Twitter standards) conversation.

Tony Bennett Keeps the Music Playing

Graham Milne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Graham Milne

To hear Tony Bennett sing in person is to be transported; to be connected with a golden era of music that dances ever further from reach with each passing year. They don't write songs like that anymore, and they don't make folks like Tony Bennett to sing them, either.

New Indie Music Gems From LA's Underground

Xaque Gruber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Happily, L.A.'s locally grown music scene is as vibrant and diverse as ever with a slew of recent independent E.P.s and L.P.s so fresh and creative, they deserve your love and attention -- and airplay (KCRW and KCSN are you listening?).

Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Strangers

Raina Rose | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Raina Rose

When I was a little girl, my mama would tell my big sister and me stories about her childhood to help us go to sleep. They ranged from funny to slightly macabre.

What's Your Song?

Dennis Welch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Dennis Welch

Suddenly, it began to dawn on me why we only occasionally see greatness. It's a lot of work, and most people stop long before they have something exceptional. The people we revere, are the ones who have taken the time to try and try again.

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.

10 Things You Need to Ask Before Choosing a Music Publishing Partner

Jamie Purpora | Posted 11.05.2013 | Arts
Jamie Purpora

The term "Publishing Administration" gets thrown around a lot in the music industry, and if you're a songwriter, it's critical that you understand what it means, how it works, and what your options are.

Melissa Manchester's Bold New Beginning -- With a Little Help From Her 'Fanchesters'

Xaque Gruber | Posted 11.02.2013 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Her first album debuted in 1973, and exactly 40 years later Melissa Manchester is still going strong, thanks in part to her fans, lovingly dubbed "Fanchesters" by the singer's daughter.

Confessions Of A First-Time Songwriter

Carmin Chappell | Posted 10.18.2013 | Teen
Carmin Chappell

I yearned for something more than the washed up feelings of another artist, imitated too many times by ambitious teenagers with Yamahas to retain their sincerity. So one night, with notes and riffs swirling in my head, I decided to write a song of my own.

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...