This important guide for all songwriters was written and compiled by the prolific songwriter Steve Gillette (one of America’s finest songwriters, whose songs have been recorded by Garth Brooks, Waylon Jennings, Anne Murray, Linda Ronstadt and many others).
Musical concepts are presented here in simple terms, accompanied by helpful examples. The book includes business basics and inspiring quotations and perspectives on creativity.
You’ll find easy-to-understand sections on all the basic elements of songwriting: melody, harmony, song structure, rhythm, lyrics, titles and “hooks.”
You’ll learn to transform your ideas – words and music – from concept to song with relative ease … and how to convert your initial thoughts into inspired ideas.
You’ll get tips, hints and lessons from songwriting professionals, including Graham Nash (“Teach Your Children”), Tom Paxton (“The Last Thing on my Mind”), Fred Koller (“Goin’ Gone”), Len Chandler (LA Songwriters Assoc. co-founder), and many others.
You’ll learn the essentials of creativity from some of the great contemporary thinkers: including Joseph Campbell, Gertrude Stein, Rollo May and Carl Jung. Listen how to access pure thought, and translate ideas into songs.
Introduction by Judy Collins.
Biliography, indexed, 7″x10″, 228 pages, Perfect Bound.