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Songwriting and the Creative Process

This book is a wonderful resource for anyone who feels led to write songs. It can help you learn how to transform your ideas from general ideas into actual songs. It is a nuts & bolts book with sections that address all the basic elements of songwriting, including melody, harmony, song structure, rhythm, lyrics, titles and “hooks.”  ORDER A COPY.

The book is built around the regular songwriting column in Sing Out! Magazine, which was written by professionals like Graham Nash (“Teach Your Children”), Tom Paxton (“The Last Thing on my Mind”), and Len Chandler (cofounder of the L.A. Songwriters Assoc.), and many others. Also includes ideas about the creative process from many great contemporary thinkers: such as Joseph Campbell, Gertrude Stein, Rollo May, and Carl Jung.

Written and compiled by the prolific songwriter Steve Gillette (whose songs have been recorded by Garth Brooks, Waylon Jennings, and Linda Ronstadt). With an introduction by Judy Collins, bibliography, and index. 7″x10″, 228 pages, perfect-bound.