Sufjan Stevens: "Death With Dignity" – Why It Works

“Death With Dignity” has several features that allow it to serve as a model for how great songs are written. ______________  Take your songwriting to a new level of excellence. Buy “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, written by Gary Ewer. And get a 7th eBook FREE, “From Amateur to Ace – Writing Songs Like a […]

Song Analysis: Chicago's "More Will Be Revealed"

For up-&-coming songwriters, it’s a great idea to check out what veteran songwriters are doing these days. Their years of experience and musical know-how make practically every song they write a songwriter’s workshop. Master songwriter Robert Lamm, one of the founding members of Chicago, has co-written (with Phil Galdston) a really great song, “More Will Be […]

The Songwriting Process: Music From a Conveyor Belt

Honing your abilities to write great songs means learning how all the different elements of a song work and communicate with each other. “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle covers every important aspect of songwriting, from chords to melody-writing to lyrics.  Now with a 7th FREE eBook. Read more… ______________ For composers, it’s an amazing feeling when you imagine all or […]

Song Analysis: "Don't Believe a Thing I Say" (Jack Johnson)

It’s time to take your songwriting to a new level of excellence. “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro” is an 82-page eBook that’s a must-read if you’re trying to move from amateur to pro songwriter. It comes free with your purchase of  “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle. Read more.. ___________ Jack Johnson […]

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5 Main Differences Between Fast and Slow Songs that Songwriters Should Know

Fast and slow songs have several basic differences in design that usually need to be there. ____________ “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” eBook Bundles come with “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro”. Get today’s deal by purchasing the 10-eBook Deluxe Bundle. Read more.. _____________ As soon as you start listing the basic principles governing songwriting, […]

John Mayer's "Paper Doll" – Why the Melody Works So Well

Repetition and contrast provide melodic strength to “Paper Doll”. _______________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 eBook Bundle, and get “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro” free. _______________________ John Mayer’s “Paper Doll”, from his recent “Paradise Valley” album (released in August, 2013), is a beautiful tune that shows songwriters how melodic motifs […]