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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...


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...


BMI Brings the “Know Them Now Experience” to Atlanta

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From News, posted 5.23.18. Event will be hosted by Neima Abdulahi and DC Young Fly and will feature performances by Gunna, Trouble, Kayla Briana, Arin Ray and Kari Faux 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...


Iconic BMI Pop Songwriter Entertains New England Restauranteurs

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From News, posted 3.01.18. BMI Songwriter of the Year Kara DioGuardi was the featured entertainer at “The Toast,” the annual reception held in conjunction with the New England Food Show. The event, which is a joint venture between the Massachusetts Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association was held on February 25, at The Grand,… 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 of… Read more...


BMI Pop Hitmaker Kara DioGuardi Connects With Restaurant Association Executives

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From News, posted 7.27.17. GRAMMY-nominated BMI songwriter Kara DioGuardi took center stage as the featured entertainment at the annual Council of State Restaurant Associations Summer Marketing and Membership Conference held recently (7/20/17) at the Cliff House in Cape Neddick, ME. The Maine resident entertained the audience of state restaurant association executives by singing and telling… Read more...


The Inside Track to Writing Songs With Artists

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From MusicWorld, posted 5.17.17. I can’t count how many times I’ve heard songwriters complain that they can’t get a song recorded unless they write it with the artist. It’s true that you would be hard-pressed to find more than a handful of current pop, R&B, hip-hop, rock, Americana, or alternative recording artists who rely solely… Read more...


The How and Why of Building Bridges in Your Songs

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.23.17. At a songwriting conference I attended, GRAMMY winning singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat shared some comments that her father, record producer and engineer Ken Caillat (Fleetwood Mac, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys) had made regarding bridges in songs. He had stated that bridges are crucial elements because they are typically the final new… Read more...


BMI Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of ‘How I Wrote That Song’

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From News, posted 2.03.17. Fat Joe, DJ Khaled, Alex Da Kid, Dallas Davidson and Lauren Christy reveal the stories behind their biggest hits Read more...


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