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Songwriting

Suspend Your Search for a Savior

Peter Himmelman | Posted 08.02.2014 | 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 12.28.2014 | 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...

Cimorelli Sisters Jump From YouTube To Radio With "Made In America"

Shira Lazar | Posted 08.26.2013 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

The incredibly talented Cimorelli sisters return to the What's Trending studio to perform their new original single, "Made In America," and take fan...

Carrying Stories: After Songwriting With:Soldiers

Darden Smith | Posted 07.19.2013 | Arts
Darden Smith

From talking with soldiers, I know that combat can leave a mark upon the soul. They have lost more, given more, than most people could ever imagine. Telling that story to a songwriter, then writing a song about it, is a way of honoring that loss.

License To Philosophize, Sinatra-style

Michael Sigman | Posted 07.01.2013 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

When you reach a certain age and no longer have a job where large numbers of people are incentivized to laugh at your jokes, moments arise when you wo...

SongwritingWith:Soldiers -- Behind the Music

Darden Smith | Posted 06.22.2013 | Arts
Darden Smith

About four years ago I wrote a song with my friend Radney Foster called "Angel Flight." The song changed my life.

Change Our Story: Poison the River Part 1

Peter Buffett | Posted 06.17.2013 | Impact
Peter Buffett

"Out of sight, out of mind" has played a huge role in how we've gotten into the environmental mess we're in now. We don't live in that world anymore. We can see our brothers and sisters across the globe. We can distribute necessary things far and wide.

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.