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Jimmy Webb’s “Highwayman”

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 | 0 comments

What Started Jimmy Webb’s “Highwayman”?   A lot of folks get a bit hung up on the last verse of Jimmy Webb’s...

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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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Loretta Lynn “Honky Tonk Girl”

Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 | 0 comments

Song Start: Is It Always A Bar? Penned in 1960, Loretta Lynn wrote this song at the age of 24.  She’d been married for 11 years and...

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Springsteen Wrote ‘Blinded By The Light’?

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 | 0 comments

The Boss’s Early Career This is a great example of how someone who writes the song may not be the best person to sing it, interpret...

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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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Guy Clark: My Favorite Picture Of You

Posted by on Dec 15, 2013 | 0 comments

Where Do Songs Come From? Guy Clark has been writing for years and goes back to the early days of hanging out with Townes Van Zandt. Who...

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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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NPR Project Song Moby & Kelli Scarr

Posted by on Apr 20, 2013 | 0 comments

Despite being given only 48 hours to complete a song, Moby and his collaborator Kelli Scarr completed theirs in one day. And it’s...

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NPR Project Song: Chris Walla & J. Robbins

Posted by on Oct 15, 2009 | 0 comments

Project Song documents the songwriting process over the course of two days. All songs created as part of the project are based on an image...

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NPR Project Song: Stephin Merritt

Posted by on May 24, 2009 | 0 comments

Project Song documents the songwriting process over the course of two days. All songs created as part of the project are based on an image...

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NPR Project Song: Nellie McKay

Posted by on May 9, 2009 | 0 comments

Yes – songwriting often involves a cell phone in hour 20! Project Song documents the songwriting process over the course of two...

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NPR Project Song: Georgie James

Posted by on Apr 26, 2009 | 2 comments

Project Song documents the songwriting process over the course of two days. All songs created as part of the project are based on an image...

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