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George Harrison: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Posted by on Jan 30, 2016 | 0 comments

How did “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” considered one of the 500 greatest songs ever written according to Rolling Stone,...

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SBTS: Carrie Underwood’s “Smoke Break”

Posted by on Sep 5, 2015 | 2 comments

Story Behind The Song   There’s nothing worse than getting stuck when you’re in a co-write. You get frustrated, then...

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Story Behind Parton’s “Jolene”

Posted by on Aug 29, 2015 | 0 comments

Ever wonder where great songs come from? How do take a real life event and create a compelling story that never happened? Dolly Parton...

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SBTS: “She Wouldn’t Be Gone”

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 | 0 comments

Story Behind The Song   What’s the story behind Blake Shelton’s #1 hit (2009) “She Wouldn’t Be Gone”? I’ve compiled...

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Kenny Chesney: Stories Behind The Songs

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 | 0 comments

Ever wonder how songs get started? Who comes up with the idea, and what was the song supposed to mean? Hear about the songs he’s...

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Story Behind The Song: “Alone With You”

Posted by on May 7, 2015 | 0 comments

Jake Owens’ “Alone With You,” written by Shane McAnally, J.T. Harding and Cathy Lee Gravitt, started out with a very...

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Story Behind The Song “I Run To You”

Posted by on Mar 21, 2015 | 0 comments

There’s always a story behind the song, and often you don’t get to hear it. For songwriters, it’s always great to find...

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Story Behind The Song: Country Hits

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 | 0 comments

Every song has a story behind the writing of it. The craft, the idea creation, and the minutia of working it into a song. As songwriters,...

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Original Demo: “Bette Davis Eyes”

Posted by on Feb 15, 2015 | 2 comments

The third best-selling song of the 1980’s sung by Kim Carnes was a originally a pop ballad appearing on Jackie DeShannon’s...

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Story Behind Song: “Wild Child”

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 | 0 comments

Kenny Chesney talks about the main character his newest song “Wild Child” co-written with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. The...

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5 Core Elements Of Song Plot

Posted by on Feb 1, 2015 | 0 comments

What is a song plot? Sure – all songs have them, and as a songwriter you’re supposed to create compelling plots with...

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Song Start: “My List”

Posted by on Dec 25, 2014 | 0 comments

You hear about list songs all the time. If you go to any NSAI meeting, eventually, a song type being taught will be “a list...

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Song Start: “She Don’t Love You”

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 | 0 comments

Written by Eric Paslay and Jennifer Wayne, John Wayne’s granddaughter, the song was originally being written for George Strait....

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Story Behind The Song: Original

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 | 0 comments

  “Before I Fall Silent” This one was demoed at Beaird Music Group in Nashville. I felt a little bad for the musicians...

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Song Start: “Jesus Take The Wheel”

Posted by on Oct 26, 2014 | 0 comments

Written by Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson, “Jesus Take The Wheel” started out as a: What? Pass! moment in a...

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Song Start: Alabama’s “Forty Hour Week”

Posted by on Aug 17, 2014 | 0 comments

Written by Dave Loggins, Lisa Silver and Don Schlitz, this #1 song and the title track on Alabama’s ninth album was their 17th hit...

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Bob Dylan: All Along The Watchtower

Posted by on Aug 3, 2014 | 0 comments

Song Start: All Along The Watchtower   One of the most covered songs of all time – “All Along The Watchtower”...

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I May Hate Myself In The Morning: Written For A Guy?

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 | 0 comments

Odie Blackmon’s “I May Hate Myself In The Morning” was originally written for him to perform.  Being a guy and all, it...

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Pete Seeger’s “Where Have All The Flowers Gone”

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 | 0 comments

Song Start Pete Seeger’s “Where Have All The Flowers Gone” Elements of the song came together from several sources over...

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Why “Wildwood Flower” Lyrics Don’t Make Sense

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 | 0 comments

Oral Tradition Transforms “Wildwood Flower” In 1928 the Carter family recorded a song that had been passed down for...

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Rough Draft: “This Land Is Your Land”

Posted by on Jan 4, 2014 | 0 comments

Woody Guthrie’s Biggest Protest Song Written in 1940, recorded in 1944, and released in 1951, this song was originally titled...

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From “Tinkle Bell” To “Silver Bells”?

Posted by on Dec 25, 2013 | 0 comments

This is the world’s best example of being too close to a song to hear some of the possible issues with it. In being so focused on a...

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Rough Draft: The Beatles’ “A Day In The Life”

Posted by on Dec 14, 2013 | 0 comments

Lyric Changes John Lennon’s handwritten copy of “A Day In The Life” sold in 2010 for $1.2MM.  So yes, it pays to write...

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Rough Drafts: The Boss’s “Born To Run”

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 | 0 comments

Apparently Bruce Springsteen is a spiral notebook kind of guy!  A handwritten lyric sheet for the title song of his comeback attempt album...

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