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Eric Church “Record Year”

Posted by on May 6, 2017 | Comments Off on Eric Church “Record Year”

We’ll deconstruct Eric Church’s “Record Year” to discover the songwriting devices that made this song a #1 on...

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Lori McKenna “The Bird & The Rifle”

Posted by on Nov 13, 2016 | Comments Off on Lori McKenna “The Bird & The Rifle”

We’ll take a deep dive on Lori McKenna’s “The Bird & The Rifle,” detailing what makes the song work, how to...

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Adele “Hello”

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 | Comments Off on Adele “Hello”

Written by Adele and producer Greg Kurstin, “Hello” focuses on a telephone conversation/voicemail. The song brilliantly...

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Aaron Watson “Bluebonnets”

Posted by on Sep 3, 2016 | Comments Off on Aaron Watson “Bluebonnets”

How do you make a very personal moment a song that can connect with thousands and top the Texas Regional Radio Music Chart? Aaron Watson...

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Pro Tips: Find Pro Writer Secrets In Songs

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 | 2 comments

7 Steps To Finding Pro Writer Secrets In Songs by Amanda Williams (@AmandaCWilliams)   I belong to a great online songwriting...

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Eric Church “Talladega”

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 | 3 comments

I was listening to Eric Church “Talladega” the other day, and thought it would be perfect for a song analysis: it has great...

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Tyler Farr “A Guy Walks Into A Bar”

Posted by on Feb 14, 2015 | 0 comments

Cliches are well – cliche. They’re predictable, boring, and not something your ears perk up for . . . except when done in a...

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Toby Keith “My List”

Posted by on Dec 26, 2014 | 0 comments

If you’re looking for one of the best “list songs” ever written, look no further. “My List,” written by Rand...

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Even Dialogue Songs Need A Scene

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 | 0 comments

Dialogue songs are songs that are really nothing more than direct address.  Basically, a dialogue occurs whether the listener knows it or...

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Kenny Chesney “American Kids”

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 | 2 comments

Updated 2/23/15 I once heard someone say there are three kinds of songs: Ballads, Dancers and Anthems. This one is definitely an anthem....

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Song Themes: Same But Different

Posted by on Jun 28, 2014 | 0 comments

Listening to these two songs is a great way to hear how the song themes can be the same, but written in two very different ways....

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Dolly Parton Jolene Best Direct Address Ever?

Posted by on Jun 21, 2014 | 0 comments

Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” was based on a young girl who approached her early on in her career. She had red hair, green...

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Joni Mitchell “The Magdalene Laundries”

Posted by on Jun 15, 2014 | 0 comments

On her 1994 album Turbulent Indigo Joni Mitchell has one of the most descriptive, powerful songs you’ll ever hear. She crafts a...

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Song Outline Worksheet: Stripes

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 | 0 comments

 Brandy Clark’s “Stripes” One of the things I’m not so good at is the song’s story. I tend to get a little...

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‘Mama’s Broken Heart’ (II)

Posted by on Dec 27, 2013 | 0 comments

Part 2 of the post Song Science: ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’ (I) Written by Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves...

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“Mama’s Broken Heart” (I)

Posted by on Dec 27, 2013 | 0 comments

Three terrific songwriters: Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves took an age-old story line (mother / daughter “you...

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Reba’s “Consider Me Gone” (II)

Posted by on Nov 27, 2009 | 1 comment

The “Consider Me Gone” Simile Concern   Let’s run through how the song gets us to Verse 2, where the problematic...

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Reba’s “Consider Me Gone” (I)

Posted by on Nov 27, 2009 | 1 comment

  A Weak Simile In Reba’s Song?   In fairness this isn’t really Reba’s poor simile.  Because she’s a...

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Adele “Chasing Pavements”

Posted by on Feb 1, 2009 | 1 comment

A recent comment on the blog got me thinking. The comment was downplaying the songwriter’s lyrics, mentioning they sounded as if...

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