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May.20.2010
The Prostitute - Chapter Three   by Walter Rimler               She was not looking forward to Thanksgiving Day.              First, there was tension between her husband and father, which went back to when Jim, the son of a family friend and nearly ten years Joannie's senior, had gotten...
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May.01.2010
A satisfying surprise--that is what makes a melody memorable. One way songwriters get this effect is to change keys suddenly in the middle of a song. There are various ways of doing this. The most common is to write the bridge (sometimes called "the middle eight" or "the release...
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Apr.29.2010
If you think that songwriter Frank R. Churchill (see prior post) lived a melodramatic life, have a look a the life lived by his contemporary, Billy Hill. They wouldn’t make a movie of Hill’s story because it’s too much like a movie. He was born in Boston in 1899. His father was a sea captain, his...
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Apr.28.2010
There is no shortage of sad endings in the lives of songwriters, going back to Franz Schubert, who died at 31 and at the height of his powers. Then there was Stephen Foster, who passed on at 37, having just written "Beautiful Dreamer." George Gershwin died at 38, having just written...
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Apr.28.2010
About inspiration in songwriting: Hoagy Carmichael said, "if you find the beginning of a good song, and if your fingers do not stray, the melody should come out of hiding in a short time." John Lennon had something of the same attitude, dividing his songs into those that were done because...
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Apr.26.2010
How Little We Know (Carmichael-Mercer)   A beautiful, fascinating, song is "How Little We Know," music by Hoagy Carmichael (1899-1981), lyrics by Johnny Mercer 1909-1976). It was introduced in the 1944 film To Have and Have Not by Lauren Bacall with Hoagy (toothpick in his mouth)...
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