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The Best Books on Songwriting, the Music Business, and Creativity

Here are the best books on songwriting, the music industry, and creativity. Click for links! | SongFancy.com

Looking  for some reading on songwriting? Or maybe you’re searching for the perfect stocking stuffer for that songwriter in your life? Here’s a collection of books I highly recommend. They’re either books I’ve read cover to cover, keep as a reference, or are considered staples in any songwriter’s library. Books are listed in three categories – Books on Songwriting, Books on the Music Business, and Books on Creativity. A quick disclaimer, yes, these are mostly affiliate links. Using affiliate linking is a nice, un-obtrusive way for this blog to bring in some income, as opposed to utilizing Google ads or other distracting elements. I want to give y’all the best reading...

7 Inspiring Podcasts for Songwriters

Laugh, cry, and get inspired with these great podcasts for songwriters | Songwriting tips on SongFancy.com

The DIY Musician Podcast from CD Baby Probably my favorite podcast like, ever. It’s a shame it only comes out pretty randomly every month or so. But each episode is well worth a listen. Host Kevin Breuner is so casual and calming, which makes this podcast super easy to listen to. You’ll get interviews with touring bands, songwriters, promoters, lawyers, and a whole gamut of relevant, in-depth music industry conversations. I used to take this cast to the gym with me every time I went, until I ran out of episodes! The Music Biz Cast with Kelly Castor Kelly Castor goes in depth with artist on their career strategies. He interviews with a...

My Top 10 Favorite Songwriting and Music Industry Blogs

All my favorite places to read about songwriting! | Songwriting tips on SongFancy.com

This list could get so big. So fast. So I’m keeping it to the greatest hits! Here are all my favorite blogs and resources that I read obsessively:   DIY Musician Blog from CD Baby This blog is chock full of easy to digest how-to’s for those of us who just need some plain language explanations of how the heck to do this whole music career thing! Man Vs. Row by Brent Baxter I was lucky enough to have a mentoring session with Brent a couple years back, and I have followed his blog ever since. He’s got cuts for days with artists like Randy Travis, Lady Antebellum, and Alan Jackson....

Songwriting Tip: Quick Exercise for Uncovering Interesting, Fresh Hooks

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Great hooks are soooooo hard to come by. Finding an awesome concept for a new song is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Sometimes they just come to you and omg, it’s the best! Other times, you’re in a cowrite and it’s silent and you’re both just spinning your wheels and then two hours goes by and you’re hangry and just can’t do this anymore. Save yourself some stress and do this little exercise the night before your next cowrite. Or even better, do it daily! You’ll fill up your hookbook with interesting ideas in no time. Songwriting Tip: Quick Exercise for Uncovering Interesting, Fresh Hooks   Tools:...

Introducing: A Continually Updated Listing of Songwriting Opportunities, Contests, and Pitches on Frettie

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[Full Disclosure: The links in this post are indeed affiliate links!] So it’s obvious that I love Frettie. The concept itself and the team that runs it are just wonderful and I love them all to death. For those of you who may be unfamiliar, Frettie.com is an online community of songwriters where you can upload worktapes, and get real feedback from real writers. They offer pro-writer critiques too, as well as webinars and a whole host of super awesome future-features they’re rolling out soon. Can’t tell you what they are just yet – I’m sworn to secrecy! – but trust me, it’s all awesome stuff that you’re going to love. So just...

How to Get Critical Feedback on Your New Songs

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Feedback. We know we need it. Although it’s easy to have mixed feelings: Our songs are precious little nuggets that we’re so proud of. Releasing them into the world and asking for criticism seems masochistic and unnecessary. But feedback is critical for 2 reasons: It makes you a better writer. If you want to write commercial music, you have to learn how. That being said, not all feedback is created equal. You have to take into account a few different things, like, who is it coming from? What is their background? What is their relationship to you? For example, my mom loves just about every song I write. And I love that. I...

Songwriting Tips for Inspiration: Find Real Stories on StoryCorps.com

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This is SUCH a cool project. StoryCorps is an organization that has collected over 50,000 interviews and narratives, as told by the Americans who lived them. Every single story has been burned to a disc, and is preserved in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. There are some extraordinary stories in here. Tales from war heroes, people who lived through the civil rights movement, immigrants from other countries. So many people have lived such fascinating lives, and they’re sharing it all on StoryCorps. The greater plan for StoryCorp is to keep a record of our culture and history: StoryCorps’ mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with...

Get Free, Incredibly Helpful Feedback on your Songs from Real Songwriters on Frettie

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It’s here! It’s finally here! A Social Network for Songwriters. If you haven’t heard already, let me introduce you to Frettie.com Frettie is an open community for songwriters to give and get feedback on their works-in-progress. You simply upload a worktape, include a lyric sheet, and post it. From there, hundreds of other songwriters at varying levels of professionalism can listen to your worktape and offer their input. You can follow other writer’s profiles and offer up your own advice on other’s works in progress. And now, whenever you post a song, you also have the opportunity to purchase a song evaluation from Barbara Cloyd, a respected Nashville based mentor and host of the BlueBird Cafe open...

The Ultimate Songwriter Christmas Gift List

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Songwriters are notoriously hard to shop for. Unless you’re one of us, shopping for a musician/writer/player is awkward. What the heck do songwriters need? She’s already got a guitar. What now? Here’s a handy list you can send to your loved ones with a bunch of items I’ve personally used and would LOVE getting as Christmas gifts. Behold, The Ultimate Songwriter Gifts List! Stocking Stuffers Guitar strings $10 – $15 Guitarists ALWAYS need strings. Without exception. Usually at the most inopportune times. Your guitarist will love a little bit of extra security knowing they have an extra pack in their gig bag. I use D’Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze acoustic strings in...