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Using Chords and Modulations as Musical Hooks in Your Songs

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.24.20 The chords we choose to accompany our melodies not only contribute to the flavor of our songs, they can provide some of those magical musical moments that make our songs hooky, exceptional, and unforgettable. To keep our listeners’ attention we need to include hooks, elements that are catchy and memorable,… Read more...


Andrew Hollander Talks Composing for “Words On Bathroom Walls” With the Chainsmokers

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From News, posted 8.20.20 With a slew of award-winning films on his extensive resume, including one of the highest grossing independent films in history, Waitress, Andrew Hollander is undoubtably a uniquely gifted composer. But his story goes on to tell the other half of his impressive creativity, and that’s what a talented songwriter and… Read more...


What Makes a Song a Worldwide Phenomenon?

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.20.20 Warning: Listening to the songs referenced in this article is likely to result in an inability to get them out of your brain. It is an incredible accomplishment for a song to reach the top of one of the Billboard charts. Occasionally, songs connect with listeners sufficiently to… Read more...


Hall of Fame Songwriter Steve Dorff Performs at Idea Bank Fall Conference

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From News, posted 11.04.19 In what has become an annual tradition, BMI provided the musical entertainment at the International Idea Bank fall conference, held recently (10/22) in Elko, Nevada. The GRAMMY and Emmy-nominated songwriter Steve Dorff performed at The Ruby 360 Lodge for an audience of radio executives from around the world. Dorff has… Read more...


10 Ways to Push the Creative Envelope With Your Songs

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.23.19 Sometimes, playing it safe is the most dangerous thing we can do. This is especially applicable when our goal is to write songs that rise above the competition; songs that become artists’ signature songs; and songs that impact audiences and propel artists to a next level. We need to find… Read more...


Legendary BMI Songwriter Steve Dorff Shares Stories and Songs

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From News, posted 11.19.18 BMI and Hearst Radio were on hand in Baltimore recently (11/14) when Hall of Fame songwriter Steve Dorff performed at Germano’s Piattini Cabaret, a long time BMI customer that has been supporting BMI songwriters for a number of years through the licensing fees they pay for their live music. The… Read more...


Are Your Songs Too “Rangy” for Today’s Singers?

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.19.18 At the beginning of my career, I had a song go on hold for a female country music star whose singles regularly went to #1. The head of her record label said my song was a “must-cut” situation, and I was faced with a daunting decision: should I buy a… 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...


Like Father, Like Son: A Conversation With Hit Songwriters Steve and Andrew Dorff

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.14.16 Songwriting, like any art form, is shaped by both nature and nurture. Hit songwriter and composer Steve Dorff – who has been honored with more than 40 BMI Awards, 11 Billboard #1 songs, and multiple GRAMMY and Emmy nominations – could have viewed his adolescent son Andrew’s interest in writing… Read more...


Labor of Love: A Conversation With GRAMMY-Winning Hitmaker Linda Perry And Her Wife, Sara Gilbert

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.13.15 Two decades ago, Linda Perry’s voice permeated the airwaves with 4 Non Blondes’ massive hit, “What’s Going On?” But penning one of Gen X’s anthems was just the tip of the iceberg for Perry, who went on to compose and produce hits for Christina Aguilera (“Beautiful”), Gwen Stefani (“What You… Read more...


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