In Their Own Words: Songwriters Talk about the Creative Process

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 218 pages
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The interviews included in this fascinating collection of discussions with popular songwriters focus on the craft itself--and as such, they are of interest to both music fans and to budding songwriters. What inspires songwriters? Where do their songs come from? What is their process? What do they do when they get stuck? In this book, readers will hear from a vast range of well-known, successful songwriters, many of them performers as well, revealing the nuances of their skill: how they write their songs, from conception to finished work. The book discusses both song history and style. The songs discussed have defined eras and culture.

Full of trivia, wisdom, and fascinating revelations from such figures as Tori Amos, Burt Bacharach, David Bowie, Sarah McLachlan, Billy Joel, and John Mayer, "In Their Own Words" shines a light on what is often and inherently lonely craft. It gives readers a glimpse into a mysterious process and offes rising songwriters a wealth of advice from those who have spent decades successfully sharing their work with the public.

 

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Contents

Burt Bacharach
1
Hal David
11
Ray Charles
18
Harlem Howard
23
Dolly Parton
29
Isaac Hayes
39
Walter Becker and Donald Fagen of Steely Dan
46
David Bowie
56
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
126
Amy Grant
135
Jane Siberry
141
John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls
147
Tori Amos
153
John Linnell of They Might Be Giants
161
Sarah McLachlan
170
Ben Folds
178

Graham Nash
67
Carlos Santana
72
Todd Rundgren
82
Michael McDonald
91
Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac
98
Billy Joel
114
Seal
186
Paula Cole
193
Jewel
200
Dido
206
John Mayer
211
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About the author (2004)

BILL DEMAIN is the author of The Sterling Huck Letters and Behind the Muse: Pop and Rock's Greatest Songwriters Talk About Their Work and Inspiration. As a music journalist, he has written for such publications as MOJO, Entertainment Weekly, and Performing Songwriter.

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