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”[…]

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?[…]

How about a REALLY happy new year?

I thought about writing a year-end update yesterday, but the truth is, not all that much of note happened. And that’s a pretty good thing, as it turns out, because I was also thinking yesterday about how I’m feeling more balanced and centered than I have in — gosh, what? — maybe 8 or 9 Read more about How about a REALLY happy new year?[…]

Odds and ends: the weekend recovery edition

I’m so lame. I never got around to posting on Blog Action Day. But my excuse is that I’ve had a real roller coaster of a week. I went from, well, managing myself on Monday to having two direct reports on Wednesday, and that’s only part of it. So yeah, I really do think activism Read more about Odds and ends: the weekend recovery edition[…]