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Songwriter Offers $10,000 Reward to Find Christian Artist Willing to Adopt His Song

An amateur songwriter is offering a $10,000 reward to the most qualified, enthusiastic Christian artist who is willing to adopt his song "God Is Friends with Me." Larry Schwarz recognizes that it will be extremely challenging and time-consuming to publish and promote his own song. To this end, he is actively seeking talented Christian musicians who share his passion for ...
 
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Four Simple Tricks For Rewriting A Song

As songwriters, we so often get bogged down in the micro-details of our songs (whether to use “and” or “but,” should the last note of the chorus melody go up or down, etc.) that we tend to overlook the big issues that can help us tighten, streamline and otherwise improve our songs in major ways. I’m going to bring up a few of the commonly overlooked issues that I see time...
 
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Celebration for Ray Manzarek Brings Together Surviving Members of the Doors and More

One of the most tragic things in the years leading up to the death of Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek in May 2013 was that original drummer John Densmore didn't join forces with Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger in their Doors of the 21st Century or Riders on the Storm projects. However, on Friday night, Densmore and Krieger performed together live for the first time in...
 
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Five Female Guitarists Everyone Should Follow on Instagram

It’s no revelation that electrifying, badass women have existed in the music worldfor, well, as long as music and women have co-existed. It’s also no secret that famous female guitarists are few and far between when compared to male counterparts, andsince Instagram’s debut and the #RiffWars uprise, the significant herd of men overcrowding the hashtag, and many others, has given this...
 
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First Trip to LA? You’re in Luck! Ali Barter Has the Ultimate Guide for You

Following up her brilliant AB-EP, Ali Barter jetted off to LA to continue writing and recording with producer Harlan Silverman. The first of those new songs is Far Away. If you’ve ever felt like heading to LA for a holiday but aren’t sure where to go, Ali has a few recommendations based on her time there. After bunkering down in LA to record Far Away, Ali Barter is now your helpful...
 
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The 5 Steps to Make Sure Your Tour is Kickass According to The Snowdroppers

The Snowdroppers are one of those band who sell tickets to shows on their reputation alone. If you haven’t seen these gentlemen doing their thing on stage then you’re in luck. The band are embarking on their Gluttons for Punishment tour in February, so if you love your rock n’ roll shows raw and loud get yourself a ticket. As connoisseurs of the stage, the band decided to...
 
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Does Ambience Get Your Rocks Off? Motioner Is For You

I love it when artists have multiple projects. Like how Josh Tillman dipped his beak into both Fleet Foxes and Father John Misty. It just gets me thinking, “Wow, this guy is a bit of a chameleon. Completely versatile. He can think in a few different ways and be awesome at all of them“. It makes me and probably most of us ‘normal’ people feel entirely inadequate and leaves us questioning...
 
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A Primer on Professional Demo Studios for Songwriters

You’re a songwriter. It’s what you do. It’s what you’ve trained yourself to do through countless hours of study, practice and effort. Your songs are yours and no one can write them for you. In other words, you’ve become an expert at writing your songs. That’s how it should be. However, if you’re going to treat your songwriting as a business that you hope to profit from, then...
 
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Sorry Whoppi, CLEWS is the Only Sister Act We Want

It’s kinda weird that we’re 14 days into 2016 and Sister Act hasn’t been on free-to-air TV yet. To be fair, I haven’t seen Cool Runnings or Mrs. Doubtfire pop up yet either, and The Wedding Singer has only been on once so far, which is a little surprising. But today we’ll try to stave off those Whoopi Goldberg withdrawals with a sister act that you probably haven’t heard before: it’s Lily...
 
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5 Tips to Successfully Self-Manage Your Band

It can be a tough slog being a musician AND trying to manage your band at the same time. If you find yourself in a bit of strife balancing the two, Greg Carey, manager of Cloud Control, The Rubens and co-chair of Association Of Artist Managers has 5 tips to help all you youngin’s manage your business. Take it away Greg! Not sure how to navigate the waters of music management? The...
 
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Music for Your Health

Human beings are innately musical. Our biology demands it. Every human heart beats in its own unique rhythm. The accent patterns of our speech identify us city folk from South Boston or Midwestern farmers from South Dakota. Scientists are convinced that the recognition of specific “danger” sounds (a baby’s cry, a woman’s scream, a saber-toothed tiger’s growl) has had...
 
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How Much Does A Songwriter Need To Know About Music?

It’s a reasonable question, especially for a writer that doesn’t have aspirations to be a performer. If you’ve got a basic level of skill on your instrument and you’re writing your songs, haven’t you got what you need? After all, you don’t have to be a great singer to write a great melody....so do you have to be a great musician to write a great song? The short answer is, no, you...
 
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Five Things You Can Do to Move Your Songwriting Career Forward

It's easy to become overwhelmed by all there is to do when it comes to moving forward in your songwriting career. I’d compare the approach of this article to eating the elephant one bite at a time. In other words, by being patient, organized and methodical in your daily work as a songwriter, you’re guaranteed to make steady progress in your career. If you follow the suggestions...
 
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Three Tips for Writing Better Song Intros

In an era of significantly shorter attention spans and increasingly distracted listeners, you, as songwriters, have an even greater responsibility to grab your audience as quickly as possible. The first and best place to do this is in your song’s intro. This can be done partly in your songwriting and partly in the production of the song demo. By writing better song intros, you'll stand...
 
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Four Reasons Songwriting Talent Isn't Enough

I’d like to begin this article by saying that I’m not a cynic. On the contrary, I’m a big believer that if your dream is to have success with your music, then, in time, you will find that success. However, I am a realist. There are rarely shortcuts in our line of work and being a talented songwriter, in my experience, simply isn’t enough to guarantee success. It takes a combination...
 
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