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Month: March 2012

Sting’s Songwriting Process – An Insight

This old YouTube video of Jools Holland interviewing Sting (circa early 80’s) gives a brilliant insight into the way that Sting gathers, processes and demos his songwriting ideas before introducing it to the rest of the Police band members

Even though the video primarily focuses on how he came up with “Message In A Bottle” (one of my all time favourite songs) there are plenty of pearls of wisdom to be had if you listen for it.

Look out for the introduction of Dennis as one of the central characters in his songwriting process.

I loved every minute of this video especially the old recording technology I mean, I used to have a Tascam Portastudio (ahh, memories). I hope you enjoyed it too, let me know what you think.

Words Of Wisdom From Steve Vai

Below is a video I came across recently of Steve Vai at one of his private sessions guitar events answering the age old question… “How Do You Become Successful?”

What struck me about this video was how eloquently Steve constructed his answer. He certainly had put a lot of thought into what he was going to say and, it showed.

For me, the best line of the video was when Steve said that “…the level of achievement that we have at anything is a reflection of how well we were able to focus on it.”

I was very, very impressed… Here’s the video for your enjoyment.

What do you think about what Steve Vai talks about in this video? What is your definition of success? Let me know because the definition of success is as many and varied the people who are defining it.