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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 Mercedes… Read more...


Composer Sarah Gibson Talks Toy Pianos and Sound Investments

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.19.18. Born into a creative and artistic environment, Los Angeles-based composer and pianist Sarah Gibson has been writing songs since she was five years old. Noted as a “serious talent to watch” by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Gibson often finds inspiration in visual art, and is equally comfortable composing music for a chamber… Read more...


A Hopeful and Healing Conversation With Composer Hannibal Lokumbe

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.19.18. For more than four decades, composer and jazz trumpeter Hannibal Lokumbe (né Marvin Peterson) has been celebrating and commemorating the African-American experience through music that leaves audiences and orchestras alike spellbound with its poignant and riveting historical rawness. His work, which can be defined as nothing short of a healing awakening,… Read more...


An Uncommon Woman: Composer Joan Tower Reflects Upon Six Decades in Classical Music

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.19.18. Most artists hope for a long, rewarding career in the music industry, and composer Joan Tower has raised the bar with an action-packed career spanning more than six decades. Recognized by The New Yorker as “one of the most successful woman composers of all time,” Tower was born in New Rochelle,… Read more...


BMI Bulletin Board: September

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.19.18. Workshops, conference, contest and festival opportunities for songwriters and composers. Read more...


How to Comp Your Way into a Great Recording

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From MusicWorld, posted 8.14.18. Tips for building a composite or “comped” master take using “best” sections culled from multiple versions of the same performance Read more...


BMI Bulletin Board: August

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From MusicWorld, posted 8.14.18. Workshops, conference, contest and festival opportunities for songwriters and composers. Read more...


How to Write a Song That’s Fun to Listen to—and Fun to Sing

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.19.18. When it was suggested I write about songs that are fun to sing, the jukebox in my brain instantly thought of “The Name Game” (recorded by Shirley Ellis, written by Lincoln Chase and Shirley Elliston). Anyone of a certain age remembers plugging his or her name into the formula,… Read more...


BMI Bulletin Board: July

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.19.18. Workshops, conference, contest and festival opportunities for songwriters and composers. Read more...


GRAMMY-Nominated Oak Felder Gets and Gives Advice

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.19.18. The writer of Usher’s “Good Kisser” talks music, love, and chart busters Read more...


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