Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting

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Hachette Books, Sep 22, 1999 - Music - 448 pages
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"Jimmy Webb has given the American song book more hits, in more styles, than any other songwriter of his generation. The wunderkind of pop music, Webb became the hottest songwriter around when, starting at age twenty-one, he wrote a string of hits including "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Galveston," "Up, Up and Away", "MacArthur Park." 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. In a combination of anecdotes, meditations, humor, and advice, Webb breaks down the entire process of creating a song, including coping with writer's block, song construction, rhyme schemes, chord progression, and the art of collaboration. He then sheds light on the machinations of marketing yourself, selling a song, and coping with big business, be it in Hollywood, Nashville, or on Broadway. From the legendary American songwriter Time magazine called "our best revealer of the blind spots of the heart," Tunesmith is the new bible of songwriting." -- Book cover

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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

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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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