Songwriting News September 6 2017
Three giants of American songwriting are in the limelight today with new books: Jimmy Webb and lyricist Sheldon Harnick each have penned one, while lyricist Hal David is the subject of a new biography by his widow, Eunice.
Many of us can get pretty myopic about success and happiness. We are convinced we need an exact cocktail of events to occur before we allow ourselves to believe we have achieved success. If only we had that job, car, house. But the reality is that success comes in many forms. You can thrive at any time. The key is to recognize and embrace those riches when they come your way.
The Boot (blog)
Mitchell Tenpenny fell in love with songwriting watching his grandmother, Donna Hilley. A radio DJ-turned-publishing company executive, Hilley worked her way up to the position of president and CEO of Sony / ATV Nashville in the early 1990s. Responsible for signing acts such as Little Big Town, Hilley is also a big part of the reason her grandson decided to pursue songwriting and a country music career himself.
Chicago-based singer- songwriter Jess Godwin teaches Chicago Public Schools students how to cope with negative feelings through songwriting .
Carly Rae Jepsen won’t ever let her ego play into her songwriting ability. The Canadian star released album Emotion, boasting single I Really Like You, in June 2015 and in August of last year (16) she unveiled Emotion: Side B, with eight cut tracks from the record. Her latest material has garnered praise from fans and critics, but Carly doesn’t plan to let the compliments go to her head.
Joe Ely’s talent and tenacity earned him a place among such Texas singer-songwriter peers as Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett and Ely’s bandmates in the Flatlanders, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock. A songwriter of poetic power and a performer with commanding presence, Austin resident Ely turns to West Texas for inspiration. An Amarillo native who turned 70 this year, he spent especially formative years in Lubbock.
Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler takes a moment to make fun of himself in a new video for the satirical website Clickhole. In the clip, Butler reveals the alleged “secrets” behind his songwriting method, and each statement is more ridiculous than the last.
A Conversation With Dan Wilson, the ‘Closing Time’ Singer Who’s Written Hits for All Your Favorite Female Pop Stars
How the former Semisonic front man became a hit maker for women.
On February 11, 2007, the Dixie Chicks were basking in the glow of a triumphant night. They were at the Grammys, where they were the evening’s big winners, collecting trophies for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year. When they went on stage to accept the prize for Record of the Year for their song “Not Ready to Make Nice,” which explicitly referenced the fallout from their 2003 comments about being “ashamed that the president of the United States of America is from Texas,” band member Martie Maguire looked around mid-euphoria and asked, “Where’s Dan Wilson? We wrote this song with Dan.”
As a DJ, songwriter, producer and performer, Moby has always been a decidedly forward-looking artist who embraces new technology to create genre-defying music. But on his 2008 album, Last Night, the GRAMMY nominee allowed himself to look backward for inspiration with the old-style rave track “Everyday It’s 1989.”