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Help with songwriting credits

What's the pithiest, yet still accurate, way to say what we mean in terms of songwriting credits for this album: [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt on Oct 6, 2016 - 10 answers

What is the name for the voice of many Mountain Goats songs?

John Darnielle often uses a present tense voice in his songs, sometimes first person, sometimes second person. Additionally, the subject is omitted. What's this voice called? Are there other songwriters who use it often? [more inside]
posted by JoeBlubaugh on Aug 29, 2016 - 7 answers

How to furnish a room to enhance creativity, specifically songwriting?

My wife is a singer-songwriter who typically composes and rehearses in our bedroom. The room is a decent size, with a bed, love seat, small desk and bay window. [more inside]
posted by hick57 on Jan 3, 2016 - 7 answers

Vaguely remembered Coldplay songwriting checklist?

I have this memory of seeing a behind the scenes video of Coldplay working on songs (maybe somewhere around the X&Y era?) In their working space, they had a checklist on the wall of each element of each song they needed to finalize, like rhythm, melody, lyrics, etc. I'd like to see that list again but I have no idea where I saw it and Googling hasn't gotten me anywhere. Ring a bell for anyone?
posted by frenetic on Sep 27, 2015 - 2 answers

How do you write a song?

I've been playing piano most of my life, but I don't know how to write a song. I'm looking for:
  1. Resources that will teach me how write a song - for example, listening exercises that will help me understand song structure, or websites with rules for how to construct a song.
  2. Software to help in the process.
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posted by ShooBoo on Jun 16, 2015 - 10 answers

Popular songs that include modulation?

I'm looking for examples of songwriting (preferably pop) that contain modulation. Not looking for the trucker key change or circle of fifths, rather tastefully playing with keys in a standard Verse Chorus Middle 8 format. Alternatively, explain modulation to me like I'm a moron. [more inside]
posted by remlapm on May 11, 2015 - 7 answers

Hit me with your rhythm stick

I'd like to learn how to make pop songs with strong groove. (Aiming to make classically structured, actual pop songs, with the groove arising through syncopation repeated and varied through all sounds/instruments, not just the percussion). What are some good songs to study? Can you point me to other kinds of resources that describe and parse what I mean? [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock on Apr 12, 2015 - 13 answers

Song Lyrics Translation

I'm working on a song where I'd like the chorus and the end of each verse to be in Spanish - can you translate the lines in italics? [more inside]
posted by InfidelZombie on Dec 4, 2014 - 4 answers

Here we are now, emulators

What are some successful songs that were attempts to write a song like another band? For example, Kurt Cobain was trying to sound like Pixies with "Smells like Teen Spirit" and The Offspring's "All I Want" was an attempt at a Bad Religion song.
posted by michaelh on Mar 3, 2014 - 48 answers

Breaking the usual song structure

I've been on a massive songwriting binge recently but can't seem to break out of the Verse-Chorus- Verse-Bridge-Chorus structure. I'm looking for examples of high quality pop songs that really break that mold. What songs/songwriters can you suggest that are creative with structure in a pop context? Some examples inside: [more inside]
posted by BlerpityBloop on Dec 13, 2013 - 24 answers

If a pop song is used on an advert, who gets the money?

Pop music royalties: If a song is used on an advert, who gets the money? (UK) [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon on Dec 29, 2011 - 2 answers

What's the deal with songwriting?

What does it mean to be a songwriter? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Jun 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Humming to Hit

Songwriting - I have a little tune stuck in my head, say two bars or so. What do I do with it? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on May 4, 2011 - 11 answers

App me, Amadeus!

I want to make electronic music on my iPad. Which apps are best? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Dec 22, 2010 - 13 answers

Resources for beginning lyricists

Resources for beginning songwriters and lyricists (that would make kickass Xmas presents?) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 5, 2010 - 9 answers

What is the modern-day music composition process like?

Composers, musicians, songwriters: What steps do you take to create a piece of music from scratch? Additional questions about working as a composer, music software, planning processes, etc. inside. [more inside]
posted by matticulate on Nov 23, 2010 - 23 answers

How do I write music over the course of my workday?

Are there any websites with a flash piano (or something) where I can record, save and email to myself simple melodies I've come up with? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Oct 25, 2010 - 4 answers

DaveMathewsFilter - The process of Dave please.

DaveMathewsFilter. Help me find everything that's ever been written, videotaped or recorded about Dave's songwriting process - everything from inspiration, where he writes, how he writes, with whom, what chords he defaults to when writing, etc.
posted by watercarrier on Sep 27, 2010 - 4 answers

Songs that channel other artists?

What pop songs are pastiches of other songwriters' or performers' styles? I am not looking for parodies or comedy songs. [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Sep 10, 2010 - 56 answers

I want to write those songs that annoy you. Help?

I think I have a knack for writing really catchy, radio-friendly pop songs. How would I go about getting, say, Britney Spears to sing one? [more inside]
posted by The Pantless Wonder on Sep 9, 2010 - 9 answers

Like the Scott Stap "Yarl" method of singing

Is there a musical equivalent to TVtropes.org? [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt on Jul 7, 2010 - 4 answers

What happens to a dream derailed?

My lifelong dream and driving force has turned into a source of bitterness and disappointment for me. Not sure what happened, how to fix it, or if I should even bother. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 3, 2010 - 25 answers

how to slice a pie

Music publishing structure for songs with multiple authors? [more inside]
posted by chaff on Mar 16, 2010 - 5 answers

need really really easy drumming

FL Studio help needed: I want to be able to create drum tracks with all drums in one piano roll. [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Mar 10, 2010 - 4 answers

How do teach myself piano?

As I teach myself to play piano, what theory do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Mar 5, 2010 - 17 answers

Recommendations for books (and films?) about musicians and their creative process?

Recommendations for music-related books (and films?) like Geoff Emerick's "Here, There and Everywhere"? [more inside]
posted by aielen on Aug 10, 2009 - 8 answers

"Based on a story by my pal Shecky"

How often are the stories of a comic, novel, play, TV series, movie, or song conceived by the writer's friend, relative, acquaintance, neighbor, mailman, dog, etc? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on May 28, 2009 - 14 answers

What songs did Bob Dylan steal from?

What old or traditional songs has Bob Dylan bogarted for his own use? [more inside]
posted by malapropist on May 22, 2009 - 26 answers

"Michael Vaughan truly believes James Anderson to be very special."

Help me write a sample-based song! I need the names of films or other places from which I can grab audio that includes characters called "James Anderson", "Jimi", "Mr Anderson" or similar. Explanation inside! [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Apr 24, 2009 - 21 answers

You were...hot as hell?

There's a beautiful, beautiful summer pop song I heard maybe five years ago, that supposedly either won a songwriting competition or came close, and now I can't find out for the life what it was - please help. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Mar 20, 2009 - 4 answers


Songs with great codas? [more inside]
posted by minkll on Feb 26, 2009 - 47 answers

help me remember this NPR segment

Anyone remember this segment?: A few years ago I heard a radio essay (probably on NPR) about the process of getting a country song written and recorded. The reporter wasn't a songwriter by trade, but he had written a silly-ish song for the purposes of trying to get it published. [more inside]
posted by pipti on Nov 16, 2008 - 6 answers

How do home musicians keep organized/productive?

How do you home songwriters keep yourselves organized? How do you keep yourself motivated? [more inside]
posted by toekneebullard on Jun 25, 2008 - 12 answers

Web 2.0 Music Construction Set?

Does a basic, online "Web 2.0" app exist for creating music notation? [more inside]
posted by anthom on Jun 3, 2008 - 3 answers

Tear apart my songs!

Where can I find something like Mefi Music, but more... critical? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on May 3, 2008 - 5 answers

Help me be a better song writer.

Is the ability to write good lyrics to music something one can learn or pick up, or is it something you have to be born with? If it is the former, can you give me some tips, or at the very least direct me to some books or websites that might be of use? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Feb 28, 2008 - 17 answers

How do I make songs?

I can make music. How do I make songs? [more inside]
posted by squidlarkin on Jan 6, 2008 - 19 answers

Help me let the muse in!

I have a huge mental block when it comes to writing songs that is the direct result of being ridiculed or sometimes even punished by my father when I was little. It's so bad that even when I try, a little voice in my head screams, "no, no, no!" and I just shut down. Freewriting is great, but I need to be able to ignore that voice even when I'm writing thoughtfully and paying attention to conventions like rhyme, rhythm and melody. I have plenty of ideas, but I need help learning how to get them out onto paper. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by freshwater_pr0n on Dec 27, 2007 - 21 answers

I'm writing again, but the song I just composed is not my song.

Should I transcribe what I'm hearing in my head? How? (And should I see a shrink?) [more inside]
posted by RobotHeart on Nov 7, 2007 - 13 answers

And they're coming to the chorus now...

DissectingArtFilter: I'd like to start to understand how certain (in my eyes, fantastic) lyrics are devised. Specifically, Stephen Malkmus's lyrics, as a part of Pavement. For instance, Gold Soundz. I can pick out some slant rhymes, and certain other techniques but can't figure out how they work in the context of the entire piece. I know that melody plays a huge role in making the song what it is, but sort of focusing on the lyrics part - any words of wisdom. (and yes, I'm possibly writing lyrics for my band at some point)
posted by tmcw on Jun 10, 2007 - 5 answers

How to find a long-distance musical partner ?

Singer / songwriter looking for producer / arranger / multi-instrumentalist type for a serious collaboration over the internet. I have given up on the people in my hometown: is there a site that would help me find a musical partner anywhere else on this planet, someone who doesn't mind not being able to meet face-to-face? [more inside]
posted by dinkyday on May 17, 2007 - 9 answers

Help a Baby Musician Learn to Crawl

I've had music in my head all of my life. I don't play any instruments (yet). Where do I begin? [more inside]
posted by Danila on May 3, 2007 - 13 answers

Who has written the most checks?

Which rap / hip-hop song has the most writing credits?
posted by ejoey on Feb 26, 2007 - 9 answers

Good places for singer/songwriters?

Where are some good places for an aspiring performing songwriter to live? Not so much looking to sweep the pop music world as I am looking to find a spot on the long tail. But I've been thinking it might be helpful to look for locations where there are sizable audiences of people who regularly choose live but thoughtful music as an entertainment option and artists and venues that oblige them. [more inside]
posted by weston on Jan 26, 2007 - 25 answers

Where can I put these songs?

Asking for a buddy: Any good places to upload original music to? [more inside]
posted by Gilbert on Oct 12, 2006 - 10 answers

How do I make money off of songwriting?

How do I make a (portion of a) living as a songwriter? [more inside]
posted by cortex on Aug 28, 2006 - 10 answers

...because the world needs another emo singer/songwriter

How does a musician learn to write better lyrics? [more inside]
posted by junkbox on May 19, 2006 - 17 answers

Making Tracks

What is the absolute cheapest, simplest, lowest-to-the-ground, home audio recording system I can set up? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Feb 6, 2006 - 13 answers

Songwriting Residency Questions

New Year's resolution: Pursue a songwriting residency. Ever done one? How was it? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis on Jan 3, 2006 - 5 answers

How did you become a songwriter?

Guitarists (and other musicians), how did you make your move from player to songwriter? [more inside]
posted by skallas on Sep 6, 2005 - 22 answers

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