Category: Music Business

Tunesmith: inside the art of songwriting (notes on Webb’s book)

I have long believed that singers become better interpreters of a song if they understand how that song is put together. That means studying the lyrics just as text, ideas, rhetoric, rhyme, metaphor, form, unfolding of character and narrative, message,

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Surviving the music industry – Iggy Pop

On Sunday 19 October, 2014, BBC televised the John Peel Lecture by Iggy Pop. He had some very interesting things to say about being a creative artist and  how to navigate the music industry. He also spoke eloquently about how

Oscar Hammerstein II on Songwriting

Singers, songwriters, lyricists and composers all have something to learn from one of the great lyricists, Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960). He collaborated on a huge number of well known musicals, winning 8 Tony Wards and 2 Oscars along the way.

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Stephen Sondheim on Songwriting (1)

If we want to understand something about songs, how they are written, and therefore how we should sing and perform them, who can we learn from? The musical dramatist Stephen Sondheim is superb craftsman as a lyricist, composer, songwriter, musical

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