I recently found a crusty old cassette that I recorded sometime in the late 70’s and managed to find a cassette player (!!) to play it on. I wanted to transfer the whole thing over to digital to preserve it, just for my own amusement. I barely recognized the songs, let alone the inspiration behind them! Hang on to your old songs, even if you aren’t particularly fond of them…you never know how much pleasure it will give you many years down the road 🙂
That got me to thinking about my more recent “old” songs.
And then I started playing a few of them, just to entertain myself. I came upon one that I recorded in the late 90’s called Sweet Cinderella. I’ve been thinking about the notion of doing a Facebook Live “concert” one of these days because I haven’t really performed in awhile. So I wanted to test out my equipment and see how it would look and sound. The mix is a little off, the guitar a little too hot, but here’s the video:
I received this email from Anis A., the Director of Music and Special Projects for the Songs of Love Foundation:
“The Songs of Love Foundation is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates free, personalized, original songs to uplift children and teens currently facing tough medical, physical or emotional challenges. Each CD is professionally produced with lyrics containing the child’s name and references to all of his or her favorite activities, things, people, and pets. Songs are written and performed in any language in the musical style that the child likes best (pop, R&B, rap, rock, alternative, etc.), by a variety of talented professionals.
“Songwriters who have written for us have going to signing record deals and even winning a Grammy. Jason Mraz is just one of them. Not to mention Michael Bolton, David Lee Roth, Itaal Shur and many more.
“We are looking for songwriters that can help us, by giving back with the talents that they were given, to some really deserving kids and teens. If a songwriter feels they can create a one-of-a-kind song for a child/teen then we would greatly appreciate their talents.”
If you would like to contribute to the good works of this organization, here is some contact info:
This website is meant for songwriters of all sorts. I’ve been writing songwriting articles since 1996 and pretty much all of them are still available! To see a list of all of the articles, you can go right here. Otherwise I welcome you to peruse the site whichever way you want.
The official song of the 2015 Pan Am Games, “Together We Are One” sung by Serena Ryder, apparently has 22 writers to its credit.
I can hear the jokes now: “Which word did you write?”
Seriously, this is the music biz at its worst. Everybody wants a piece of the action so everyone has to have their name on the credits, even if you were just sitting in the room. It’s greedy and ridiculous. And the songwriter who did the most work or who came up with the idea (we’ll likely never know who that was), is pretty much ripped off because he/she has to share whatever income the song generates, along with getting lost in credits crowded by 21 other people.
The song itself is your standard pop arena anthem with nothing special to it. Other than the fact there are 22 writer credits.
If you haven’t yet heard about it, Adam Levine, Dave Stewart and the executive producer of The Voice, Audrey Morrissey, will be teaming up to produce a new series called Songland.
The whole idea behind Songland is that songwriters will get a chance to pitch their songs to a panel, very much like vocalists vying for a deal on The Voice, and the winner will, I’m guessing, get their song recorded by a big name artist. Continue reading “Songland Could Be Good If…”