By Michael Shorr
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Want to learn what makes great songs great? In each podcast of the Songwriter's Toolbox we highlight a professional songwriting tool. But you don't have to know music theory - the show is meant to be accessible to everyone. Music lovers love it because they can hear more of what's going on in songs. Songwriters love it because they learn practical tools to improve their own songwriting. The Songwriter's Toolbox is where I keep that tools that I use in my role as the Song Analyst on national weekly radio program Art of the Song - Creativity Radio (www.artofthesong.org). It's also the title of my forthcoming book! FYI: In my daily life I'm Creative Director for Chocolate Strawberry Studios (www.ChocolateStrawberryStudios.com).
||Songwriter's Toolbox - Multiple Meanings (Bruce Springsteen)||How does a great writer layer meanings in their lyrics? In "Into the Fire", Bruce Springsteen gives us a fantastic example. Also, today is the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, DC. I'm sharing th||9/11/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Songwriter's Toolbox - What are Modes?||The concept of "modes" perplexes many folks who love writing or listening to music. But the concept is actually very accessible. By examining a Persian mode used by Iranian-American songwriter Ali Eskandarian, I'll give you a quick and, hopefully, very un||12/26/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Songwriter's Toolbox - Are Titles Massively Important? (Roseanne Cash)||I always knew that a song title was important. I just didn't realize how massively important! In this podcast, I share one of the most astonishing things I've learned about songwriting ever. If you're interested in checking out the title categories (and m||11/13/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Songwriter's Toolbox - Universal Human Experience (Dolly Parton)||What makes a song emotionally powerful? Most often, the impact comes from a special combination of melody, chords, groove and lyrics. With Dolly Parton's song "Coat of Many Colors", one element seems to stand out most: the lyrics. By the way, thanks so mu||7/25/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Songwriter's Toolbox - A Chorus Tool (Bruce Springsteen)||Here's a great tool to streamline the process of writing a powerful chorus. Bruce Springsteen uses it and so can you.||7/25/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Songwriter's Toolbox - Lyric Writing - Character and Journey (Gillian Welch)||What makes a compelling song? Sometimes, it's the same thing that makes a compelling story: clearly defined characters who face obstacles that block their goals and the journey to overcome that opposition. Invariably, there's some lessons learned, too. It||11/23/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||Songwriter's Toolbox - Creating Contrast using Short Notes and Long Notes (Eagles)||One of the most effective ways to make your songs stay fresh, keep listeners interested and really build drama is contrast. One of my favorite songwriting teachers, Jai Josefs, makes this point all the time. Contrast is a fundamental tool great songwriter||7/22/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||Songwriter's Toolbox - Weaving a Story (Amy Correia)||Today's tool from my Songwriter's Toolbox is called "Weaving a Story". We'll learn about this tool by checking out the song "The Bike" by a master storyteller: singer-songwriter Amy Correia. Wait till you hear how she weaves her tale! You can check out Am||12/16/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Songwriter's Toolbox - Being Ready for Inspiration (Don Conoscenti)||Today's tool from my Songwriter's Toolbox is "Being ready for inspiration." We'll learn about this tool by checking out the song "The Other Side" by folk singer-songwriter extraordinaire Don Conoscenti. www.donconoscenti.com Remember: it isn't a rule, it'||12/16/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Songwriter's Toolbox - The Water and The Conduit (Don Richmond)||Ever get discouraged in your songwriting? Today's tool helps me get inspired again. It comes from singer-songwriter-instrumentalist-teacher-philosopher Don Richmond. It's called "The Water and The Conduit" and I hope you find it as helpful as I do. You ca||12/16/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Songwriter's Toolbox - Phrasing (Jackson Browne)||Today we learn about phrasing in Jackson Browne's song "The Pretender." It's my first post of a podcast. Let's see how it works! By the way, The Songwriter's Toolbox is where I keep that tools that I use in my role as the Song Analyst on Art of the Song -||6/12/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
Great podcast, any more episodes????
I like the first installment, but when are you going to do more? I am anxiously waiting!!
Need More !!!!
We Need More
Pretty informative but I'm with that first guy, when are you putting out another one?
I think my tittle says it all.