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How to Comp Your Way into a Great Recording


From MusicWorld, posted 8.14.18. Some days things are just happening—you pick up the guitar, you jump in front of the vocal mic, and, there it is, one take, done. Other times, not so good—for whatever reason you struggle to complete a plausible solo break, but in the end it took you about a dozen… Read more...

BMI Partners with Warner-Chappell Music, Warner Music Group for Fifth Annual ‘Write On’ Song Camp


From News, posted 8.03.18. BMI was proud to partner with Warner/Chappell Music, and additionally this year Warner Music Group, for the fifth annual songwriting camp held on July 28 and 29 at the Atlantic Records Studio in Los Angeles. The “Write On” song camp provided a unique opportunity for an array of songwriters, producers… Read more...

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


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… Read more...

BMI Names Alex Flores Senior Vice President, Creative


From News, posted 7.19.18. BMI is very pleased to welcome Alex Flores as BMI’s new Senior Vice President, Creative. Flores will be based out of BMI’s Los Angeles office, and will report to Mike Steinberg, Executive Vice President, Creative & Licensing, beginning August 6. Flores will oversee the Creative teams in BMI’s six offices… Read more...

BMI Hosts Song Camp at Legendary Abbey Road Studios


From News, posted 7.03.18. BMI’s London office proudly hosted a three-day songwriting camp at the legendary Abbey Road studios, offering some of the UK’s best rising talent and established songwriters and producers a unique opportunity to gather under one roof. Always hoping to act as a catalyst for successful collaboration between our talented affiliates,… Read more...

How to Write Songs That Are Both Personal and Universal


From MusicWorld, posted 6.15.18. Most of us who are in the business of creating songs are aware of the importance of writing lyrics that have universal appeal, lyrics that connect with millions of hearts. We have also heard about the importance of writing songs that emanate from our hearts, from personal experience. On the… Read more...

BMI Congratulates its 2018 Tony Award Winners


From News, posted 6.11.18. The Band’s Visit swept the Tony Awards last night, winning an astounding 10 Tonys, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Orchestrations. Congratulations to all who are a part of this incredible production. Nice work! Below are the talented music creators who took home prestigious honors: Best Original Score: Read more...

Tips for Recording a Compelling Demo


From MusicWorld, posted 5.10.18. Nowadays even the most basic software package offers home users virtually infinite tracking space, making the temptation to over-record stronger than ever. Bear in mind, however, that some of the most compelling productions through the years have been those that favored space and dynamics, rather than uber-overdubbing. To that end,… Read more...

How to Write Non-Visual Lyrics That Engage Listeners


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… Read more...

Create Better Songs by Painting With Sound


From MusicWorld, posted 3.16.18. It takes a keen ear to understand how to produce tracks that have warmth, depth and above all, layers of color, as if the finished product were a painting rather than a recording. In director Matthew Longfellow’s 2010 documentary on the making of Damn the Torpedoes, Mike Campbell, sidekick to… Read more...

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