The Craft and Business of Songwriting

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F+W Media, Oct 21, 2001 - Music - 322 pages
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Discover the secrets of successful songwriting with this essential guide! Cofounder of the Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase John Braheny teaches you the craft of songwriting while going behind the scenes of the music business to reveal insider secrets that will make your work stand out. Dozens of exercises, examples and anecdotes from songwriters such as Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, TLC, Lenny Kravitz and Paul McCartney will you show you how to: develop a songwriter's consciousness; overcome barriers in the creative process; write in all musical styles, and for film and TV; and skillfully manage the business of demos and contracts. This updated edition also covers online opportunities for songwriters. "A practical street-level look at today's world of songwriting ... Read and learn." - Diane Warren, six-time ASCAP Songwriter of the Year with more than 50 Top 10 hits

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Contents

Introduction
1
Creativity and Inspiration
7
Subject Matter
24
The Media and the Listeners
37
Writing Lyrics
57
Constructing a Song
77
Collaboration
123
The Business
142
Publishing
177
SelfPublishing
205
DeiTIOS
226
Marketing Yourself and Your Songs
260
Additional Markets
306
Getting a Record Deal
329
Appendix
349
Bibliography
360

Where Your Money Comes From 160
162
Copyright

About the author (2001)

John Braheny co-founded and directed the Los Angeles ScreenwJohn Braheny co-founded and directed the Los Angeles Screenwriters Showcase, a national nonprofit organization dedicatedriters Showcase, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for songwriters to be discovered. to creating opportunities for songwriters to be discovered. Braheny is also a journalist, talk show host, teacher, and Braheny is also a journalist, talk show host, teacher, and consultant. consultant.

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