Write Songs Right Now is a hands-on, step-by-step guide to creating original pop songs - an approach that been road-tested by thousands of Alex's students and coaching clients in New York City, some of whom have gone on to achieve great success. With insight, enthusiasm, and humor, Alex guides listeners through the process of brainstorming for ideas, crafting effective lyrics, and putting those lyrics to music. Whether you've written 1 song or 100, this audiobook will show you how to take your songwriting to new levels.
Each chapter lays out the basics of a different element of songwriting, including song form, lyrics, melodies, chord construction, song dynamics, and the essential ingredients of a killer hook. There are lots of fun exercises to strengthen your songwriting muscles and increase your confidence. Alex also encourages up-and-coming writers to participate in songwriting communities locally and online, and makes a strong case for collaborating as a way to generate even better material.
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Kind of old wine in new skins, still good for that
I used to fall asleep to this audiobook, since the narrator seems to simply read the text from sheets, repeating the same intonation over and over again (may be, but not necessarily, due to the nature of pop songs that repeat themselves over and over again?). While on some pages she seemed to be alone at home, calling out her words to the mike, in other times she seemed to have to keep quiet to not wake up the kids.
Well, I found out the Audible player could speed up playback. 1.25 speed made listening not so dry.
As for content: There's nothing new in here, everyone who ever read or heard about creative writing or anything the like knows all there is in this book (and considerably more, I bet). Also, the perspective is rather limited to mainstream music, mainstream business, mainstream genres, mainstream production and mainstream "how to". Legal advice is applicable to US listeners only, although, with a bit of brain, you can "translate" what little help on rights & cie is there (although it wouldn't help you much if you were, like me, German and had to suffer from the absurd German creative rights system. Ask YouTube about that).
Ok, too many words from me already: The book is ok for the money spent (much less than for a cheap lunch), but I won't listen to it again.
That's it? Erm, ok.
The book could benefit (a bit) from a professional narrator, who could bring live, color and dramatic to the content.
If you didn't know that in order to write songs now you have to write songs now, you really should read this book (listen to it), because it basically tells you that in order to write songs now you should write songs now. And not listen to books that tell you to write songs now.
Sorry for being lame, I guess there are people out there who need the "kick in the butt" the author tries to give the reader/listener (but somewhat fails). I just expected a little more insight into how professionals run their job - I happen to know a few professional song writers who see their job as a 9-5 daytime business with routine, know how and creativity. 30 minutes of chatting with them gives me more than a couple of hours of "Write Songs Right Now".
Excellent overview of songwriting....