We mark the end of Black History month remembering The Funk Brothers – the astounding musicians who made the Motown record label what it was: a hit-making machine, and the highest-earning African-American business for many years. Read More.
Mozart not only had a new release, he technically has the biggest selling CD of 2016. We look at 12 notable posthumous record releases of original material. Read More.
We highlight Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, and Robyn Hitchcock, three artists who created their own song worlds in the framework of their music over the course of multiple albums and years. Read More.
While this advice is focused on songwriters looking to land a song on a major label artist’s album, knowing some of the elements that go into hit songwriting can help you excel, whatever your musical ambition. Read More.
You can find inspiration from anywhere – every song has a story, even if the song has nothing to do with the source of its inspiration. Read More.
Part 3 of our series profiling rock trios adds a little more variety and brings our total to 30 all-time great threesomes. Read More.
In the second of our three-part series, we include a few obvious choices from the rock trio catalog, listed in the order of their formation, plus a few that stray from the mainstream. Have fun reliving memories and finding new musicians to enjoy, three at a time. Read More.
Sometimes you may need a prompt or a process to keep the creative juices flowing and get your critical mind out of the way. Here are three strategies to get your songwriting on track. Read More.
Whether through punk rock deconstruction or progressive rock theatrics, rock trios have a special place in the tapestry of popular music, and we pay tribute to 13 pioneering three-piece bands. Read More.
David Bowie had a genius that set him apart, but his musical and artistic career provides a bounty of lessons we can all learn from and apply to our creation of art and music – and to our everyday lives. Read More.
2016 will go down in history for many reasons, not the least of which is the toll it took on popular music. With icons like Prince, David Bowie, George Martin, and a host of others, we pay tribute and remember 25 musicians who died in 2016. Read more.
2015 ended with a number of iconic artists dying, and there were many others who passed throughout the year. This list is nowhere near comprehensive – but includes 26 musicians who died in 2015. The names link to the All Music bios for the artists (in most cases), and there are links to videos in the body text as well. Read more.
One of the most important jobs I have as a teacher is to identify and share the common elements I observe in successful songs while steering students clear from the pitfalls in songs that fall short. If you want to learn how to write a country song, here are some of the biggest lyric pitfalls to avoid. Read more.
Over the years we’ve posted songwriting advice that covers music theory, children’s music, interviews with hit songwriters, excerpts from books, songwriter’s block, and a variety of other topics that relate to the craft of writing a song. We’ve collected them here – check ’em out! Read more.
A song demo is trying to accomplish one thing: sell your song to the listener. While there’s no magic formula for rising to the top, these 9 tips will help you avoid sinking to the bottom of the pile. 9 ways to screw up your song demo: 1) Include a long intro, 2) Submit a track with crappy, cheap production, 3) Don’t read the tip sheet… Read more.