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EXPLORING YOUR SONG ROUTES

Dale Boyle


Write What You Know

In this entry I offer a short passage (food for thought) from my PhD thesis where I cite two of my favorite songwriting books: Song: The world’s best songwriters on creating the music that moves us; and, The Billboard guide to writing and producing songs that sell: How to create hits in today’s music industry.

Here is the except from my PhD thesis:

In songwriting, some feel that the art “demands authenticity” (Beall, 2009, p. 126) and advise songwriters to write what you know (p. 126). Perhaps this is why many songwriters, such as renowned artists Guy Clark or Travis Tritt, feel that their best and most sincere songs are about subjects they know well (Waterman, 2007).

 

Beall, E. (2009). The Billboard guide to writing and producing songs that sell: How to create hits in today’s music industry. New York: Billboard Books.

Waterman, J. D. (Ed.). (2007). Song: The world’s best songwriters on creating the music that moves us. New York: Writer’s Digest Books.

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