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Confessions of a Serial Songwriter
A 2017 Best Spoken Word Album Grammy Nominee! Confessions of a Serial Songwriter is an amusing and poignant memoir about songwriter Shelly Peiken's journey from young girl falling under the spell of magical songs to working professional songwriter writing hits of her own. It's about growing up, the creative process - the highs and the lows, the conflicts that arise between ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Backbeat Books
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There are few people in the world with the stories that Shelly tells. As a giant music fan, a songwriting super fan, and someone who has been in the music industry for nearly 2 decades, I greatly value hearing the stories behind the songs I've loved for years. At the same time, it's also cool for music super fans to see inside the way the industry really works. Shelly provides these details here while also illustrating the key ingredients to songwriting that works for media (radio, TV, film, etc ...more
I implore all songwriters and music fans to give this a try. In many ways, Shelly Peiken's memoir is very traditionally structured, starting with childhood, how she broke into the songwriting business, career highlights, marriage times two, and motherhood. However, her humor is uniquely hers, she's incredibly conversational (my favorite tone with memoirs), and she offers unique insights to aspiring songwriters like myself that I haven't read anywhere else. One I'll be rereading and annotating fo ...more
I really liked this book. I think it gave great insight into the life of a songwriter as Shelly lived it and I appreciated all of the information. I also really enjoyed listening to the songs she referenced as I was reading. Overall, I would recommend.
I have been a major music fan since I was a child. Throughout my childhood, I listened to classics from the 60s-80s. Also, the present day songs from the 90s and early 2000s. Music was and still is everything to me. Usually, when we think of music at least I know for me I think about the person singing the song. There is really so much more in the development of the music that we listen to other than that but still, I know that I really think about just the singer. This piece is about a woman wh ...more
This book is raw and authentic, just like Peiken's hit, "Bitch." I loved it. I've happily taken the lessons Shelly learned in her lifelong songwriting journey and applied them to my own. It feels like I've been saved years, or at least months, of struggle. Thank you, Shelly.