The Art of Writing Great Lyrics

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 255 pages
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Packed with literally hundreds of hints, tips, and inside information only a working writer would know, The Art of Writing Great Lyrics demonstrates proven, no-fail methods for everything from communicating through song, defining styles, and collaborating with a partner to studying the market, making a great demo, and getting started on a career. Includes a handy A to Z checklist for reviewing new songs.
  

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A prolific songwriter whose lyrics have been recorded by such notables as Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, and Frank Sinatra, Oland speaks from 20 years of experience when she stresses the ... Read full review

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Contents

SONGWRITING IS A LOVE AFFAIR WITH WORDS
1
THE GREAT AHA
25
COMMUNICATING THROUGH SONG
47
UNDERSTANDS THE CRAFT
73
THE ART OF SUCCESSFUL COLLABORATION
115
STREET SMART AND MARKET WISE
135
REWRITE? MOI?
147
NOW THAT YOUR SONG IS FINISHED
173
YOU CAN DO IT
201
A READING LIST OF BOOKS FOR SONGWRITERS
227
MAGAZINES TOR SONGWRITERS
229
SONGWRITERS RESOURCES
233
UNITED STATES PERFORMING RIGHTS SOCIETIES
239
PERMISSIONS
241
INDEX
247
Copyright

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About the author (2001)

Pamela Oland participates in songwriting and music seminars around the country and abroad, as well as offering lyric evaluations and career consultations. She frequently co-hosts “Samm Brown's For The Record,” a Sunday music industry interview show live at 2:00 pm PST on KPFK 90.7 FM.

Her extensive movie work includes the end-title to “Puerto Vallarta Squeeze,” the “Digga Digga Dog” opening and end-title song to 102 Dalmatians, and main themes to “Coming To America,” “Gideon,” “Burglar,” and “I'm Gonna Git You Sucka.” Her t.v. work includes “Reaper,” “Bad Girls Guide,” “Little Miss,”J*A*G,” “The Sopranos, themes to “Thunder In Paradise,” and “Dexter's Lab,”Xena: Warrior Princess (3 songs for the cult favorite “Bitter Suite” episode) and all songs (music & lyrics) for the award-winning Kids Ten Commandments.

Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Selena, Frank Sinatra, the Jacksons, Gladys Knight, Nikka Costa
, and Reba McIntyre, are among artists who've recorded over 450 Pamela Phillips Oland songs. Anne Murray's “Duets,” nominated for 2008 Best Album and Best Pop Album Juno Awards, features Anne's re-recording of Oland & James Dunne's Grammy-Nominated #1 song “Nobody Loves Me Like You Do,” which has logged more than 1,000,000 airplays.

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