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Songwriting

Singer-songwriters, guitarists, pianists, and artists of other musical styles, connect together here about creating songs, writing lyrics, jamming, performing and more. You are encouraged to:

  • Share your original songs
  • Listen to songs by other group members
  • Request and give feedback

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Songwriting Exchange

Join us at 9pm on August 19th at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City for a performance featuring songs written by Songwriting Exchange winners Connor Mahoney and Justina Shandler. They will be joined by a band of New York-based professional musicians, including songwriter and pianist Deidre Rodman Struck.

Click here to see videos of their winning submissions!


 Recap: Musical Exchange's Songwriter Search

Musical Exchange's Songwriter Search began last spring with a nationwide call for songwriters. After six weeks of online songwriting activities, a group of talented young songwriters took the trip of a lifetime, performing at the CMDA Route 40 Music Festival and collaborating with young South Africans.

 

Click here for a recap of the complete project.

 


Songwriter Series

Explore the craft of songwriting in this ongoing series. Through regular interviews and short videos, professional songwriters share inspiration and advice about diverse musical styles and approaches to the art of songwriting.

 

 

Click here to see more interviews.

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Comment by Kaitlyn Mann on February 22, 2015 at 10:24pm

My War song video  :)  http://youtu.be/MtfIrZ0D5m4

Consider love, only love as a solution to conflict and not war as the answer.

LYRICS
VERSE 1
Oh why, oh why
Have so many people died
If you look around
Open your mind to the sound
Over there is over here
The boundary’s unclear
Locked away inside your mind you will find
People are dying to be heard

CHORUS:
War
Oh, war
Oh, war
We can change it if we choose it
If we choose it
If we choose it

Verse 2
Love, only love
Will heal the wounds of man
There’s higher ground
It’s there to be found
What are we fighting for
There’s always something more
Somewhere we’ve lost something that we all need
We’re looking for the same thing

CHORUS
War
Oh, war
Oh, war
We can change it if we choose it
If we choose it
If we choose it

INSTRUMENTAL

Comment by Deidre Rodman Struck on February 19, 2015 at 8:54pm

Aly Nicole Schulte this is a SOLID song!!! Record it with a band!!

Comment by Aly Nicole Schulte on February 15, 2015 at 6:41pm
Thanks for your feedback Deidre!

Here is my "Communal Title": Love Song

http://youtu.be/U5DThSdmRJk

It's main idea was: there at so many different types of love songs: without love, with love, wanting love, avoiding love

My song basically described the fact that I don't have a love song. As the bridge states: you did nothing right
So I can't be sorry
You did nothing wrong
So I can't be angry
I did nothing right
So I can't be happy
I did nothing wrong
So I can't be guilty

Basically there's no love song for me

I almost forgot how much fun these challenges were! Thanks for bringing them back. My favorite from before was defiantly the Unconventional Song. It opened my mind to so many different thoughts of: 'what is a song?' And I ended up writing one of my favorite originals.
Comment by Deidre Rodman Struck on February 14, 2015 at 8:05pm

Aly Nicole Schulte, thanks for posting your song! The chorus is SO catchy, I was singing harmonies along to it and have a feeling I will singing the hook for a few days. I am a huge fan of songs written in minor keys, so it's been fun to listen to both yours and Kaitlyn's back to back. This song is super solid. I have nothing to add except: more!

Comment by Deidre Rodman Struck on February 14, 2015 at 7:59pm

Kaitlyn Mann your War Song is totally haunting me, in a good way. I love the dissonance, the way it works with the lyrics. Plus your voice is getting stronger every time I hear it! Go, girl!!

Comment by Deidre Rodman Struck on February 13, 2015 at 8:33pm
Comment by Deidre Rodman Struck on February 13, 2015 at 8:03pm

WOW I have a lot of listening to do! I just discovered Glenn Campbell's song The Straight Life and thought I might cover it for an upcoming show-it's a funny fantasy of all the things he'd do if he was a "free" man, but nah, he'll stick around with his woman because love is better.

I was also underwhelmed by the Grammys this year. (Although I don't know how I could be underwhelmed by Katy Perry riding out on a huge tiger puppet-oh wait, that was the Superbowl!)

Comment by Jacob Derwin on February 12, 2015 at 2:17pm

Love songs -  I'll start with an actual sweet one: "Do You Love Me" by Guster. 
Then, I love Jonathan Coulton's song to his daughter (I always find those parent-child songs to be better love songs than romantic ones) called "You Ruined Everything".

And I need to include "She's Always a Woman" by Billy Joel because screw love - everyone's evil and awful and we're all confused and sad and whipped. Happy Valentine's Day!!

Comment by Ana Lucia Galarza on February 11, 2015 at 10:14pm

Hello Deirdre! My favorite song about love that is current is "All of Me" by John Legend. Other songs in my list include Portishead's version of "Gloomy Sunday" and  "Crazy in Love" by Beyonce. Also, my two fave love songs in Spanish are: "Rosas" by La Oreja de Van Gogh, "Valio la Pena" by Marc Anthony. 

Grammys 2015: Last year's performances blew me away so I expected more from this year. I felt that that most of the performances were slow tempo would've been more entertaining for artists to perform their upbeat hits. 

Comment by Ken Bragg on February 11, 2015 at 8:14pm

Hey Deidre Rodman Struck! My current favorite wuv song is "Man I'm Supposed to Be" by American Aquarium, but my all-time favorite is "Mystery" by Michael Logen.

My favorite challenge from last year was probably the co-write. I grew a lot out of that experience and became addicted to collaboration (I have a Skype meeting tomorrow night, actually).

Hopefully I'll be posting some songs for you guys to take a gander at soon! I'm doing a 52-week writing challenge (in addition to writing what I need/want to) so I've got material. It's just deciding whether it's any good or not. ;)

 

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