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Composer Matt Mahaffey Animatedly Talks About Life With Shrek, The Ninja Turtles, and More

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.23.19. When songwriter, composer and producer Matt Mahaffey started scoring for animated projects with the game-changing Shrek, the transition was not only serendipitous, but also a kind of full-circle turn. Mahaffey was just four years old when he started writing songs and playing drums, and soon honed his craft performing at Dollywood.… Read more...


What Makes a Song a Hit?

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.23.19. When I worked in the A & R Department at a major record label, and later, as production coordinator for albums by hit artists, in many cases, my ears were the first barrier that had to be crossed when a song was submitted for those acts. Almost all the songs I… Read more...


BMI Bulletin Board: January

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.23.19. WORKSHOPS BMI 101 Workshop: New York BMI 101 is a one-hour introductory workshop for writers and publishers, covering the role that BMI plays in the music industry, basics of performing rights, and becoming a BMI affiliate. When: January 31, February 28, March 28, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00 PM Read more...


Eban Schletter: On Work and Play

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.28.18. He’s an accomplished, successful composer for TV and film, but Eban Schletter is a man who sees the virtue in silliness. That could be because Schletter, who’s been making delightful music for SpongeBob SquarePants for nearly 20 years, was, in his own words, “a child too long.” But whatever forces blessed… Read more...


What Skills Do You Need to Be a Successful Songwriter?

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.28.18. An aspiring songwriter recently asked me several intriguing questions: “What abilities do I need to write songs? Do I need to be able to read and write music? Play keyboards or guitar? Sing in tune?” He followed up by asking what additional skills he would need in order to record demos… Read more...


Get in Gear With Today’s Recording Essentials

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.28.18. As a longtime analog advocate, it came as something of a shock last year when nearly all of my non-digital equipment began to fail one by one, leading me on a reluctant search for suitable modern replacements. That turn of events made me reconsider what kind of equipment qualifies as “essential”… Read more...


In the Zone with David Liebman

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.28.18. With a staggeringly prolific catalog of more than 500 recorded works, multiple GRAMMY nominations, and stints with jazz legends Miles Davis, Elvin Jones and Chick Corea, jazz saxophonist David Liebman could easily rest on his many laurels. Yet Liebman, who was named among the National Endowment for the Art’s prestigious Masters… Read more...


BMI Bulletin Board: December

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.28.18. WORKSHOPS BMI 101 Workshop: New York BMI 101 is a one-hour introductory workshop for writers and publishers, covering the role that BMI plays in the music industry, basics of performing rights, and becoming a BMI affiliate. When: January 31, February 28, March 28, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00 PM Read more...


Top Songwriting Workshop Questions - and Their Answers

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.17.18. In teaching songwriting and music business workshops over the past fifteen years, I’ve observed that there is a “greatest hits” of questions that I get over and over again from my attendees. I thought it might be helpful to share those questions and my answers here. Music Business 1. When should… Read more...


BMI Bulletin Board: October

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.17.18. WORKSHOPS BMI 101 Workshop: New York BMI 101 is a one-hour introductory workshop for writers and publishers, covering the role that BMI plays in the music industry, basics of performing rights, and becoming a BMI affiliate. When: October 25, November 29, 2018, 12:00 - 1:00 PM Where:… Read more...


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