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How to Write Song Hooks That “Hook” You in

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.09.18 What constitutes a hook? Any element of a song that grabs a listener’s attention and “hooks” them in. With there being so much competition for our listeners’ attention, including multiple hooks throughout our songs has become more important than ever. According to an article in The Atlantic magazine, “A short-attention-span… Read more...


When Clever is Too Clever in Songwriting

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.15.17 Before addressing what might constitute being “too clever” in lyrics, I’ll begin by defining what I mean by “clever” lyrics. For the purposes of this article I’m referring to songs with lyrics that are witty, tongue-in-cheek, humorous, or amusing. These are in contrast to those that fall into the category… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Songwriting Legend Curly Putman

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From News, posted 11.03.16 BMI is saddened at the passing of Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member and multiple BMI award-winner Curly Putman, who died Sunday at the age of 85. Putman’s vast catalog of songs undeniably helped shape country music history and include, among others, “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” and “Green, Green Grass of Home.” He… Read more...


Take Your Songwriting to the Next Level by Adding a Twist

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.14.16 To grab our listeners’ attention we need to separate our songs from the competition, and one way to accomplish this is by including an unexpected twist—an element of surprise. This article examines various ways to incorporate twists into lyrics and melodies. Story Songs With Surprise Endings “Ol’ Red” (written by… Read more...


BMI Writer George Ducas Steps on Stage for NM Restaurant Association

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From News, posted 9.29.15 BMI singer-songwriter George Ducas took the spotlight at the recent New Mexico Restaurant Association’s Hospitality Industry Awards Dinner in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ducas, the writer behind country hits “Beer Run” (Garth Brooks & George Jones), “A Real Fine Place to Start” (Sara Evans) and “Just Call Me Lonesome” (Radney Foster),… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of BMI Icon Billy Sherrill

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From News, posted 8.05.15 BMI sadly says goodbye to its 2010 BMI Icon Billy Sherrill, who died yesterday at the age of 78. Sherrill is responsible for writing and/or producing the more contemporary cross-over sound of country music in the 1960s and ‘70s, including such hits as Tammy Wynette’s country #1 “Stand by Your… Read more...


Freddy Weller Garners Million-Air Awards

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From News, posted 12.11.14 Freddy Weller recently stopped by BMI’s Nashville office to celebrate one million performances of “They Asked About You” and two million performances of “Dizzy,” for which he received BMI Million-Air Award certificates. Weller, a longtime BMI member, played with Paul Revere and the Raiders and has penned songs for Reba… Read more...


BMI Writer George Ducas is a Hit at State Retail Conference

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From News, posted 10.27.14 BMI songwriter and recording artist George Ducas highlighted the Retail Association of Maine’s annual meeting by performing the many hits he has written for such country artists as Sara Evans, Eli Young Band, Garth Brooks and George Jones, including “A Real Fine Place to Start,” “Beer Run” and “Always the… Read more...


August’s MusicWorld Online Celebrates Audio Month!

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From News, posted 8.31.14 Gear up with Dave Simons’ tips for recording on the fly Listen in on 10 Questions With True Blood composer Nate Barr Hit “play” on Shooter Jennings’ tribute to George Jones Find your groove with country music’s Lee Brice Read more...


Shooter Jennings Recalls George Jones With Tribute EP

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From MusicWorld, posted 8.27.14 Paying homage to the late George Jones comes easily to Shooter Jennings, who as a child became friends with George through his parents, BMI legends Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, who had a close friendship with “the Possum.” Shooter remembers vividly when Jones invited him to his tour bus, cut… Read more...


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