The Daily Muse

The Daily Muse – April 29th, 2020

When Huntsville, Alabama songwriter Alan Little met John Schmitt, a San Francisco Iraq War veteran, the two had no idea their music would bring catharsis and joy to not only themselves, but their town and soldiers around the world. The Soldier and the Songwriter: How Music Helped a War Veteran Overcome PTSD Producing legend Nile […]

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The Daily Muse – April 28th, 2020

Song pitching has shifted from physical meetings to virtual meetings and conference calls, with publishers often sending label A&R reps the music beforehand. In Nashville’s Music Publishing Community, Song Pitching Goes Remote Writing the chorus part of a song is usually a very different process than writing the verse part. With choruses, you’re usually coming […]

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The Daily Muse – April 27th, 2020

One positive remedy, though, is to take in the words of comfort, inspiration and wisdom from the songs on your playlist—the ones you’ve kept on it—that offer lyrics that speak to you and lift you. Finding Inspiration Through Your Favourite Lyrics APRA AMCOS’ intensive songwriting residency SongHubs has started four days of virtual collaboration, with […]

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The Daily Muse – April 26th, 2020

John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, while writing songs for The Beatles, all were able to brilliantly synthesize what was happening in their culture and the musical currency of the day with their own ingenious new directions in songwriting. Answers to the Question, “What Songs Influenced The Beatles the Most?” Lyric writing is often […]

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The Daily Muse – April 25th, 2020

If you think the songs in the charts sound like they were made by machines, you’re probably wrong — an AI’s lyrics would be better. This AI wrote such Emo lyrics that humans thought it was My Chemical Romance Listeners are more likely to focus in on melodies and lyrics than anything else, and so […]

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The Daily Muse – April 24th, 2020

When author Michael Koppy gets going about popular songwriting, the heat rises fast and stays there. ‘We deserve better’: Taking aim at bad pop songwriting You might assume that a verse should have some connection to the chorus that follows it — something that makes the verse and chorus sound like musical partners. Creating musical […]

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The Daily Muse – April 23rd, 2020

Over the years, as I’ve gotten more serious about my writing, I’ve gotten used to spending more time alone. Since I mostly write solo, getting comfortable with that temporary isolation has been a necessity. For A Songwriter, How Much Isolation Is Too Much? The songwriter John Nolt is having a lot of dark thoughts about […]

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The Daily Muse – April 22nd, 2020

I’ll start with a caveat: Be cautious regarding advice on how to cope during a global pandemic. Unless the individual lived through the 1918 Spanish flu, he or she has as much experience with the current situation as you or I. Go Easy on Yourself (and Your Muse) An inverted chord is one where the […]

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The Daily Muse – April 21st, 2020

People moving in a similar culture, exposed to similar stimuli, and inspired by a similar history can come up with something pretty similar. It happens. But sometimes, someone is just stealing their ideas from someone else. 12 Songwriters Famously Sued for Stealing Their Content We are living in times that we haven’t seen in our […]

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The Daily Muse – April 20th, 2020

I’ve discussed reading habits before and why you really want to read good books, but how, as a writer, you may have to read professionally some books you don’t enjoy. But today, I want to urge you to not forget the values of a bad book. Why A Bad Book Can Be a Good Read […]

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