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5 Things to Do in the First 30 Seconds of Your Song

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From MusicWorld, posted 8.14.19. During a recent song critique, I turned off the recording after listening to the first verse and chorus. The writer protested, “But you’ve got to keep listening. It all comes together in the bridge and then the last chorus explodes!” That might have been the case, but the chances are miniscule… Read more...


BMI’s Jazz Composers Workshop Presents 31st Annual Summer Showcase

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From News, posted 5.23.19. Michael Abene, Sherman Irby and Sara Jacovino to judge this free concert; Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize & Manny Albam Commission awarded Read more...


How to Use the “List Technique” in Your Song

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From The Weekly, posted 2.19.19. What do the songs in the list below have in common? “The Twelve Days of Christmas” (traditional) “Achy Breaky Heart” (recorded by Billy Ray Cyrus, written by Don Von Tress) Sting’s “If I Ever Lose My Faith” (written by Sting) Carrie Underwood’s “Cry… Read more...


How to Write Non-Visual Lyrics That Engage Listeners

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From MusicWorld, posted 4.12.18. “Show—Don’t Tell” is one of the basic tenets taught in almost every songwriting class. Writing cinematic lyrics—lyrics that incorporate visual imagery that listeners can envision like a movie in their minds—is often thought of as one of the most effective ways to connect with audiences. Cinematic lyrics do not spell out… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Jazz Legend Hugh Masekela

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From News, posted 1.23.18. BMI is saddened by the news that trumpeter, composer, flugelhorn player, bandleader, singer and political activist Hugh Masekela has passed away at the age of 78. The legendary South African jazz musician recorded more than 40 solo albums in his storied career, while also collaborating with countless diverse musical icons including… Read more...


‘Paul Simon: Words & Music’ Comes to the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles

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From News, posted 4.24.17. Both throughout his prolific solo career and his enduring legacy as one half of Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Simon is a monumental figure in the canon of American songwriters. His remarkable oeuvre is one rich with intricately woven narratives, seamless pop hooks, deep emotional resonance and timeless melodies. From the poignant… Read more...


Getting to Know Hit Writer Jamie Scott

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.22.16. The “Story of My Life” writer talks about the twists and turns that led him to success. Read more...


Catching Up With Kiyanu Kim

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From News, posted 3.21.16. With already a decade and a half under his belt of producing, mixing, performing and songwriting, Kiyanu Kim is a driven music creator. This guitar-slinging New Yorker is building a name for himself as a writer, collaborator and musician, and gradually accruing a reputation for relaxed collaboration and a style of… Read more...


A Conversation With Tree Adams

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.08.16. From ‘long-haired, touring bluesy rock guy to long-haired, studio-rat computer nerd,’ composer Tree Adams talks scoring and storytelling Read more...


BMI Icon Willie Nelson Honored By Library of Congress With Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

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From News, posted 11.19.15. Willie Nelson, legendary BMI Icon and writer of Patsy Cline’s unforgettable signature hit, “Crazy,” among many other incomparable works, was the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in Washington, D.C. last night. Nelson, who’s 60-year career includes seven GRAMMY Awards as well as the GRAMMY… Read more...


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