Category Archives: Writing Songs With

Writing Songs With – Charles Dickens: What Would Dickens Say?

With downloading we listen to everything in bits. Could you imagine what Charles Dickens would say if you said, ‘Could I just have one chapter?’ You’re creating a short story culture. What happened to narrative? Tori Amos: Mojo Magazine May … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs And The Rewind Button

I got the biography of Apple founder Steve Jobs for Christmas. I was hoping for some insight on how to be a creative thinker but it’s actually a pretty depressing read and there is little in the way that Jobs … Continue reading

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Writing Songs With – Ernest Hemingway

Here’s a tip I adapted from Brian Clark of Copyblogger in Ernest Hemingway’s Top 5 Tips For Writing Well Don’t Be Negative! Since Hemingway wasn’t the cheeriest guy in the world, what does he mean by be positive? Basically, you should … Continue reading

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Writing Songs With – Noel Fielding And The Goons

  Watching Noel Fielding‘s new show Luxury Comedy I was blown away by his level of inventiveness, It seemed like every millimetre of the show was packed with originality – sets, dialogue, costumes, characterisation, plot (or lack of) and crazy … Continue reading

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Writing Songs With – Stephen King

All A Songwriter Needs Is A Door Here’s one of many things I’ve gleaned from horror writer Stephen King’s excellent book On Writing and transposed from books to songs. “The space [where you write] can be humble…it really only needs one … Continue reading

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Writing Songs With – Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg

Welcome to an occasional series of posts gleaning songwriting tips from unusual sources. Can a worship songwriter learn anything from horror writer Stephen King? What can a prog-rock band learn from The Goon Show? Find out in the next few weeks, and … Continue reading

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Writing Songs With Joseph Pulitzer: Here’s A Pulitzer Prize For You

Joseph Pulitzer gave this advice to journalists but I think it is wonderful guidance for writing great songs too… Put it before them Briefly so that they will read it, Clearly so they will appreciate it, Picturesquely so they will … Continue reading

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