The Songwriting Labyrinth

The Songwriting Labyrinth : Practical Tools to Decode the Mysterious Craft

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A little over two years ago, as an adjunct to the tertiary songwriting lectures I deliver, I began writing a weekly blog for my students about my 40 year career as a songwriter/musician. Student response was unexpected, immediate and overwhelming: it was clear that the blogs addressed a type of learning and information not covered in the lectures and other music study undertaken at the college, and the students clamoured for more of this informal, anecdotal context. Looking back on a life as a songwriter, one makes a myriad of choices and decisions during the act of creating songs. My life and career in music is peppered liberally with wonderful, informative experiences, and as a result of past failures, victories, fortune and misfortune, I have compiled the cultural capital, or habitus, necessary to succeed. This book is not a quest for the formula for writing a hit song, for that would be nonsensical. It is an endeavour to observe and codify patterns of professional practice that have been recognised as successful by audiences and experts in the field, and to organise those observations into generalizable theories that may be applied so as to create more successful song outcomes. Once identified, such theories need to be explained in a manner clear enough for a reliable transfer of knowledge to occur, so that the individual songwriter has all the necessary tools to create their own, idiosyncratic expressions in song, not to pretend that some contrived notion of a perfect, repeatable song method exists. In order to answer the question, "How do creative songwriters do what they do when they do it," I have attempted to; oSimplify: Cite, reference and cherry pick what's important for knowledge transfer oSynthesise: ideas, approaches, perspectives and teaching approaches oHypothesise: my own contributions, comments, evaluations and preferences oIntegrate: the theory of Multiple Intelligences described by Gardner, implying multiple ways to learn oProvide: notated music examples as references of our (inadequate) Western musical symbol system, as well as tables, diagrams and visual images whenever possible. oClarify: highlight and explain concisely, translate concepts into plain English oContextualise: include one or more blog, anecdote or both in each small sectionshow more

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 216 x 280 x 18mm | 780g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1508655464
  • 9781508655466
  • 1,096,730

About MR Clive M Harrison

Clive Harrison has been a professional songwriter, session musician and composer for over 40 years, and is nearing completion of his PhD (Creativity, Multiple Intelligences and Songwriting) at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Tasting his first songwriting chart success at age 19, he has been writing rock, funk, jazz, swing, and soul songs ever since, and has written and produced music for 15 albums, 9 feature films, and 13 television series. His music has been performed in over 80 countries worldwide, and he has been one of Australia's highest royalty-earning composers. a member of the Australian Guild of Screen Composers since 1988, and has spent 8 years on the executive and 5 Years as President. For the past 6 years he has been lecturing BMus students in songwriting and more