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A Confessions of a Serial Songwriter Merry Bliss-Mas

Shelly Peiken | Posted 12.22.2014 | Entertainment
Shelly Peiken

Hopefully, sometime in the not too distant future, records will be flying off the shelves again. Well, probably not. But who could have predicted CDs? Or iTunes? Or Lady Gaga? It's hard to tell what will come about next.

And the Winner Is...

Shelly Peiken | Posted 12.03.2014 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Reality singing competitions are great opportunities for songwriters. After all, whoever wins is going to need an album's worth of material. But I h...

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Slumdog Millionaires

Shelly Peiken | Posted 11.21.2014 | Travel
Shelly Peiken

I went to India to clear my head, to give my songs a different point of view. But the Universe has a way of saying "Ha" all the time. Back in the safety of my Laurel Canyon nest, I couldn't write a word for weeks. In fact, a pop song was the last thing on my mind.

Supermodel Astronaut Challenge Tells Young Girls 'I Am Enough'

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 11.10.2014 | Women
Georgianne Nienaber

For those of you completely freaked out by the Internet video featuring very young girls dressed like street-walking Cinderellas and spouting more F-bombs than one would hear in a women's correctional facility, there is a soon-to-be viral antidote.

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.

So Your Kid Wants to Write Songs

Shelly Peiken | Posted 11.05.2014 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

When parents ask me how they can help their child be a songwriter, I pause. I don't want to hurt their feelings. Sometimes I'm afraid to tell them what I think. It may not be what they want to hear.

Rising Pop Star Megan Nicole Talks About Her Debut Album 'Escape'... and Batman

Ilana Rapp | Posted 12.23.2014 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Megan Nicole is probably on your kids' music playlist. If you're a kid and she's NOT on your playlist, then hello, it's time to check her out! Adults, you should also be checking her out. Here's why...

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: The Urge to Purge

Shelly Peiken | Posted 12.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Shelly Peiken

Since I started writing this I've filled up four big blue Costco bags with clothes I haven't worn in years, which I'll drop at Goodwill later this afternoon. And then I'll get started on the makeup drawer. I feel 10 pounds lighter just thinking about it.

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."

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Streaming and Dreaming

Shelly Peiken | Posted 11.02.2014 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Oh. My. God. Oh. My. God. Omgid Omigod Omigod. I am so embarrassed. I'm a grown woman and I just got the equivalent of a time out.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Generation Gasps

Shelly Peiken | Posted 10.14.2014 | Entertainment
Shelly Peiken

These days, I catch myself pretending to know what my young colleagues are talking about when they refer to some hot new topliner (that's new school speak for lyricist) with a perplexingly random moniker such as Catnip or Carpeting.

The Linda Perry Project: Breaking the Old, Making the New

Joanna Colangelo | Posted 10.06.2014 | Entertainment
Joanna Colangelo

It's fairly common knowledge that Linda Perry is the super-producer who reshaped dozens of careers from Pink to Christina Aguilera to Gwen Stefani. But I was first introduced to Perry as the lead singer for 4 Non Blondes.

Summon Your Inner Songwriter

Tom Sturges | Posted 10.01.2014 | 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 09.30.2014 | 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 09.29.2014 | 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 09.28.2014 | 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 09.27.2014 | 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 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.

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.

Jae Jin's House of Cards

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 08.27.2014 | 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 08.19.2014 | 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.