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Using Your Gift: Creativity in the College Classroom

Darden Smith | Posted 06.03.2013 | Arts
Darden Smith

Although my official title at Oklahoma State University's Institute for Creativity and Innovation is artist-in-residence, I think a better job description is provocateur-in-residence.

Change Our Story: Silence Broken

Peter Buffett | Posted 05.06.2013 | Impact
Peter Buffett

I've seen what a broken system can destroy. How do you say, "Life is what you make it" to those young women and the thousands of women (and men) like them? You don't. But here's what you do: listen.

Remembering the One and Only Donna Summer

Xaque Gruber | Posted 02.25.2013 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

A unique trailblazer that defied categorization, Donna Summer had a great voice that mattered. While her anthems remain pop culture staples, there's a world of her music that most may not be familiar with. Here are 20 of her best singles that missed the Billboard Top 10.

The 'Mouse Out of the Hole' Theory

Georgia Middleman | Posted 02.17.2013 | Fifty
Georgia Middleman

The optimist in me believes that if you do what you love and just work hard enough, success will follow. But the realist in me knows I'd be leaving out a big piece of the equation: LUCK.

Katy Perry Chats About Her New Album and Dealing With Bullies at "Trevor Live" 2012

Shira Lazar | Posted 02.02.2013 | Impact
Shira Lazar

In this exclusive interview from the "Trevor Live" 2012 red carpet, Trevor Hero Award honoree Katy Perry talks about the importance of The Trevor Project's mission, her own experiences with bullying, and teasers about her new album in the works.

How I Ended Up 'Married' To Two Men

Georgia Middleman | Posted 01.12.2013 | Fifty
Georgia Middleman

You could kind of say that by being in this band, I'm married to two men. I have to trust them implicitly or this project simply will not work. The three of us fight and have our moments of not getting our way... we huff and we puff but in the end, we collectively decide what is best for our project and THAT'S what we end up doing.

Hit Songwriter Allee Willis Celebrates Her Life & Music in Badeya, Baby!

Xaque Gruber | Posted 01.02.2013 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Grammy winning songwriting machine, Allee Willis, composer of dozens of musical favorites spanning nearly 40 years of pop culture will be performing her acclaimed multi-media, hit-packed spectacular, Badeya, Baby! for two nights.

Life Is Funny

Georgia Middleman | Posted 10.01.2012 | Fifty
Georgia Middleman

Life is funny, ya know? Mine sure is. Let me show you what I mean... I'm in NYC with Blue Sky Riders. We've just finished our set at City Winery, ope...

LISTEN: Music 'Evolves' From Random Sounds

| Posted 06.20.2012 | Science

by Elizabeth Norton on 18 June 2012, 5:38 PM | From Mozart to the Beatles, music evolves as listeners get used to sounds they initially find str...

When You Follow Your Passion, Everything Gets Better

Georgia Middleman | Posted 08.16.2012 | Fifty
Georgia Middleman

I once met a man who said he wanted desperately to be a songwriter but "unfortunately, I have a family in Oklahoma to support so it is NEVER going to happen." He said it with such bitterness that I felt so sad for that family. Don't people know that if there's something you want to do with your life, there's no reason you can't find a way to do it on some level?

The Rejection Letter That Renewed My Sense Of Purpose

Georgia Middleman | Posted 07.25.2012 | Fifty
Georgia Middleman

I moved to Nashville in 1992 and stood in line at the famous Bluebird Café to sing one verse and chorus of a song for a panel of judges. If it goes well, you are asked to come back to play three songs several months later. The results would come in a letter a few weeks later.

One Is the Loneliest Number

Tony Asaro | Posted 07.22.2012 | Home
Tony Asaro

It's commonly said in musical theatre writing circle -- there aren't enough of us for the plural -- that every collaboration is like a marriage, except you don't have sex. And like many marriages, many collaborations fall apart. Mine did.

My First Nashville Recording Session: The Stunning Lesson I'll Never Forget

Georgia Middleman | Posted 07.05.2012 | Fifty
Georgia Middleman

I remember my first recording session in Nashville. I had written an uptempo song that I thought was a smash. As I was directing the band, the piano player/band leader said, "You know, this is really a ballad." I was stunned. And I was too intimidated to speak up for myself.

Raconteur and Barry Manilow Lyricist Marty Panzer Offers Weird Proof That a Wonderful Life Can Begin at 18

Myra Chanin | Posted 06.25.2012 | Weird News
Myra Chanin

Google Marty Panzer and you'll be convinced that he was born in the CBS Mailroom at the age of 18, and he may well may have been, in the sense that the CBS Mailroom was where he began to first feel alive.

The Toughest Job in the Movie Biz: Writing the Original Song

Philip Moross | Posted 06.18.2012 | Entertainment
Philip Moross

The bad news for fans of original songs is that Hunger, albeit a great audience pleaser with a fine score by James Newton Howard, has no original song included in the body of the film (three original songs were ganged up to play in the end titles).

Don Dixon: Songwriter, Producer, Musician in Living Stereo

Ruth Gerson | Posted 06.06.2012 | Arts
Ruth Gerson

Don Dixon has shaped many lives. Over and over, he has uncovered and helped to develop talent -- including REM, The Smithereens, The Counting Crows, Hootie and The Blowfish.

Easy Listener: Today's Must-Know Songwriters and Their Must-Have CDs

David Finkle | Posted 03.28.2012 | Home
David Finkle

Songs at the moment boasting lyrics that can be considered sophisticated, witty, psychologically complex, romantically adult, maturely silly are few and far between.

Gay Country Music Songwriter And Reality Star Discusses Support From Famous Friends

Posted 11.19.2011 | Gay Voices

When Sundance Channel's "Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys" chose Nashville, Tennessee, as the location for its second season, it only made sense that...

Jim Morrison: Great American Poet?

Posted 07.29.2013 | Books

From The Poetry Foundation By Daniel Nester There are two kinds of people in this world: those who think the Doors are a hokey caricature of m...

How To Write a Song, Songwriting Exercise #2 -- Sequel or Response

Ruth Gerson | Posted 12.12.2011 | Arts
Ruth Gerson

In our first songwriting exercise we began with a letter, writing to someone we feel intensely about, regarding something we feel intensely about. The...

Among School Children

Tamsin Smith | Posted 09.18.2011 | Home
Tamsin Smith

All the songs on this name-your-price collection represent a story-telling collaboration between The Great Unknown and America SCORES schoolchildren from five cities across the country.

The Soulful Pop Songstress: Interview With Jen Hirsh

Laura Cococcia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Laura Cococcia

As I listened to Jen Hirsh's newly released album, I heard the influences of Natalie Merchant and a sprinkle of Sarah McLachlan, with some Sufjan Stevens and a splash of Bob Dylan.

PHOTOS: Carole Bayer Sager's Abstract Paintings On View At LA Art House

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

WHO: Singer/Composer Carole Bayer Sager turns her talents to the canvas in a surprisingly rich debut of Abstract Oil Paintings WHAT: Generations - N...

Free Speech Is About More Than Copyright Issues

Rick Carnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rick Carnes

WikiLeak's activities give us a fresh opportunity to ask some important questions that lately haven't gotten much airing. Don't speech freedoms come with at least a modicum of responsibility in their exercise?

"Rain" On Their Parade: Why the NY Times review of "Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles On Broadway" is All Wet

James Rotondi | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
James Rotondi

In his hugely condescending review of the newly opened show, Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles on Broadway, ("Another Long and Winding Detour," Oct. 26, ...