Archive | August, 2013

Idea Collection

Originally posted on Song Classes:
One technique that’s used by many songwriters is ‘Idea Collection’. Although there are numerous approached the basic premise is always the same. Here’s how it works. Let’s say you were going to work on a song about jealousy. You’d start by writing down whatever popped into your head about the…

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What We Can Learn from Cinema

Originally posted on Song Classes:
Next time you watch a movie see what you can learn from it as a songwriter. Here are some examples: As songwriters we need to remind ourselves that we can use the cinematic devise of ‘dropping in’ on either an internal conversation, a discussion, a situation, or whatever, in a…

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MFA IN A Box: A WHY TO WRITE BOOK

MFA in a Box: A Why to Write Book; John Rember; Dream of Things Press; Chicago, IL; 2013; $16.95, paperback, $4.99 e-book. Paperback available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com; e-book available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and most e-book sites. As the title promises, Author John Rember does offer cogent reasons to write, though many of […]

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Pushcart Annie

The song “Push Cart Annie” concerns an old woman who lived in my home town down in the Ohio River Valley back in the 1960s. She was what people here in Chicago call a scavenger, someone who looks through the alleys for stuff they can sell.  Unlike scavengers up here, though, she didn’t cruise the […]

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Review from JOMP

The latest issue issue of JOMP features an essay by Rich Dengrove about the Sixties counterculture and its effect on his life, entitled “The Hippies”. He credits my short story mini-collection, Through Their Strange Hours, with inspiring the essay and begins it with a review of the stories. I’m reprinting that portion of the essay […]

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