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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  3 reviews
This updated edition of John Braheny's classic book is essential reading for anyone contemplating a career as a professional songwriter. He shares the insider secrets that help songwriters make their work competitive in an overcrowded marketplace. Readers will learn how to: Develop a songwriter's consciousness in picking out original ideas; Overcome barriers in the creativ ...more
Paperback, 371 pages
Published October 21st 2001 by Writer's Digest Books (first published April 15th 1995)
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My rating is for the first half of this book. I got the 1988 version from the library and the second half is about sending cassette tapes to record companies because it was written two decades before YouTube.

I found the first half of the book to be full of practical, eye-opening insight. For instance, songs on the radio have to be simple and universal, unlike songs on an album which a buyer will pore over. I tend to write obscure lyrics and needed to be told that lyrics are not poetry. I've also
I only read the first section of this book on the craft of songwriting. I was not interested in reading the second section of this book (on the business of songwriting) mainly because I read the 1988 edition of this book. Surely the business of songwriting has changed a lot since then. As someone who has written songs off and on since the late 1990s, I found this book helpful in many respects. Braheny quickly identifies the common mistakes that songwriters make and suggests ways to correct those ...more
Of all the songwriting books I've read, this is the most comprehensive--and also the one I would recommend most highly. It was the textbook for the songwriting class I took at BYU. Excellent!!!

(If you don't need the credit, save your money and make the book a part of you!) Of course, just hanging-out with other like-minded people is half the fun of taking the class.... that and performing at the end of the semester. :)

It covers everything!
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