Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting

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Hyperion, Sep 22, 1999 - Music - 432 pages
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"Now, Jimmy Webb uses the grace and eloquence that have characterized his lyrics to write Tunesmith, the ultimate book for aspiring songwriters - the first ever with such an insider's knowledge and experience. With a combination of anecdotes, meditations, humor, and advice, Webb breaks down the entire process of creating a song from beginning to end, including coping with writer's block, song construction, rhyme schemes, chord progression, and the art of collaboration. He then goes beyond the techniques of song crafting and the realms of creativity to shed light on the machinations of marketing yourself, selling a song, and coping with big business, be it in Hollywood, Nashville, or on Broadway. Webb also provides a glimpse into the inner circle of the professional music world, sharing tales from friends and close associates, including Nanci Griffith, Stephen Sondheim, Burt Bacharach, and Michael Stipe."--BOOK JACKET.
 

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An insightful look into Jimmy Webb's career in songwriting... a little tiring in the last chapter or so when Webb kind of goes on a bit about how 'songwriters today...', and 'musicians today...', and 'back when i was...' etc... Read full review

Contents

In This Room Youll Never Make a Mistake
20
Chapter Three
37
Elements of Form
80
Chapter Five
136
Chapter
156
In Search of the Lost Chord
219
Chapter Eight
256
Chapter Nine
287
Chapter
307
Living with It 369
405
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About the author (1999)

A minister's son from Eld City, Oklahoma, Jimmy Webb has been writing songs for over twenty-five years. The only artist to receive Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration, he is a member of the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriters' Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters' Hall of Fame. According to BMI, his song "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" is the third most-performed song in the last fifty years, with "Up, Up and Away" on the same list in the Top Thirty. Jimmy Webb lives in New York State. For more information, visit Jimmy Webb's official website: www.jimmywebb.com.

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