Monday, April 8, 2013

How to Fail in the Music Business: Or Succeed If You’d Rather

Former Dallas Songwriters Association member Joe Johnston who left us for Nashville over 20 years ago wrote this book. 
His songs are on hit albums, in movies, and on TV. His Gospel songs are changing lives for the better, thanks to some terrific artists. And as a producer he's been able to work and play with some of America’s best musicians, singers, and songwriters

    In a few weeks it’ll be available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all, but for right now, it’s only at this one place:
    The book was originally written for a series of seminars he did for NSAI a few years ago, and this is an updated version with lots of new stories and examples.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Murphy Law's of Songwriting

Available January 10th,  Murphy's Laws of Songwriting, The Book, has already received advanced praise from numerous music industry pros.

This book is an amazing collection of tools written by hit songwriter and industry insider, Ralph Murphy. Read more at:


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong by Terry Teachout

Louis Armstrong in the Jazz Age
In 1924, a promising young horn musician from New Orleans named Louis Armstrong moved to New York, where dance-orchestra leader Fletcher Henderson had offered him a job for $55 a week. As Terry Teachout, the Journal's drama critic and Sightings columnist, writes in "Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong," the musician was shocked by "the undisciplined behavior" of his new bandmates, who sometimes played while intoxicated ... Armstrong was also puzzled by his bandmates' lack of musical curiosity.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


Music, Money, & Success

by Todd and Jeffrey Brabec

Have you ever wondered what you could earn if you had written the theme for at hit movie or TV series? This book shows you how you can make money in the multi-billion dollar world of music.... Click here for review.

Harriet Schock
Becoming Remarkable

Harriet Schock is a songwriter (Grammy-nominated “Ain’t No Way To Treat A Lady”), a recording artist with five solo albums, a performer, a songwriting consultant, teacher and lecturer as well as an author. Her songs have been recorded by such diverse artists as Smokey Robinson, Roberta Flack, Helen Reddy, Lee Greenwood, Johnny Mathis, The (new) Supremes, Nancy Wilson, Manfred Mann, Carl Anderson, Vesica Pisces, and the Little Mermaid. Her feature film and TV song credits include “The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking,” “Delta Force II,” ABC’s “The Secret Garden,” Motown’s “The Last Dragon” and “The Real Life Adventures of Santa Claus”.

“Rosebud, ” produced by the legendary Nik Venet, is Harriet’s fifth solo album as an artist.

As a songwriting consultant, Harriet teaches and consults with professional and pre-professional songwriters in person, privately and for the Songwriters Guild Foundation in Los Angeles, in seminars and over the internet, worldwide.

Pat & Pete Luboff
88 Songwriting Wrongs & How To Right Them

Fun, informative book covers all aspects of songwriting....

This book is written in 88 bite-sized chapters that cover the songwriting process from inspiration to royalty collection. We have received feedback from many songwriters on how much this book has helped them and how much they enjoyed reading it. Each chapter illustrates a songwriting "mistake" - either by using our experiences or songs brought to our workshops - then explains how to avoid those pitfalls in your songwriting. Written in a friendly, fun, accessible style.

Pat Pattison
Writing Better Lyrics

Writing Better Lyrics is a terrific tool book of techniques that will help bring a writer to the peak of his potential, while maintaining his style and identity. Chapter by chapter there are examples and exercises -- from creating metaphors to finding uncommon rhymes to diving deep into the senses for lyrical gems that enable the writer to produce words that speak for him in his most creative individual style. And, it will be in a way that spotlights the most important words and phrases, positioning them so they are easily sung by the artist and understood by the listener. Just what we're looking for in a book about writing better lyrics.

-Beverly Houston, Dallas Songwriters Newsletter

Sheila Davis
The Craft Of Lyric Writing

The Craft of Lyric Writing" is a self-study lyric-writing course, complete with exercises, and songwriting assignments. It provides 40 strategies to try and get the creative juices flowing. Rather than short anecdotes, it goes into depth on each of the ideas presented, including giving well-known examples that fit the model and student lyric examples.

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