Running with the muses

I saw on Spence Smith’s blog where he mentioned that he goes out every so often for a run while listening to music that inspires him, and how creatively refreshing that is, and so on. I do this, too, and have created playlists in iTunes and now in Pandora called “muse songs” and “muse artists”. Read more about Running with the muses[…]

On being in tune

Image by lowjumpingfrog via Flickr From an article on writing the perfect pop song in the Guardian: For Echo and the Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch, songwriting is not a choice, but a therapeutic necessity. “When I’m not writing songs, it’s cryptic crosswords and Countdown on the telly. Everything gets a bit fuzzy, a bit bleak.” Yeah. Read more about On being in tune[…]

The PubCon Twitter song. Apparently, this songwriter takes requests!

By somewhat popular request (OK: two people), I’m capturing the Twitter song here in my songwriting blog. I’ve been trying to do better about keeping the content of this blog related to Honey Bowtie Music, meaning Karsten’s and my writing, our pitching & publishing, and our life at our home office & studio, so I Read more about The PubCon Twitter song. Apparently, this songwriter takes requests![…]

RIP Danny Dill, co-writer of “Long Black Veil”

Danny Dill has passed away. Mr. Dill wrote “Long Black Veil” with Marijohn Wilkin, a that song has been recorded by Lefty Frizzell, Johnny Cash, Jerry Garcia and a slew of others. His “Detroit City,” written with Mel Tillis, became a standard when recorded by Bobby Bare. Largely on the strength of those songs, Mr. Read more about RIP Danny Dill, co-writer of “Long Black Veil”[…]

Songwriters: found anything better than MasterWriter?

Some time ago, I wrote that I was abandoning the leading software for songwriting: MasterWriter. I proposed a few alternatives, but in reality, those have turned out to be disappointing for the purpose, as well. I’m just wondering what I’m overlooking. Yesterday I found Minim, which looked promising, but after downloading it and working with Read more about Songwriters: found anything better than MasterWriter?[…]

What makes a song demo work in Nashville?

The Nashville Feed has a great entry today about the “science” of cutting a killer demo, but the write-up goes on to demonstrate that it’s really anything but science. Several anecdotes from hit songwriters and producers nail the dilemma: music professionals often claim to prefer a work tape, because they say they want to hear Read more about What makes a song demo work in Nashville?[…]

Should I write a song about it?

Stumbled across a good post by Frasier Smith about what makes a song hit-ready. I think this is the songwriting equivalent of “get rich quick” schemes to the average Joe, or of “Good to Great”-style books for business. And yes, I’ve thought a lot about the topic myself. Smith talks about various elements in hit Read more about Should I write a song about it?[…]