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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
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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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Need Help Finding Someone to Help With Background and Electronic Music

Hey everyone :)I need help finding someone who does Synth, Dubstep, House, Dance, Techno, Trance or something like that. It doesn't have to fit into that category exactly, it's just an idea of what I'm looking for. I need it for an intro/outro of a…Continue

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Comment by Kaitlyn Mann on Friday

Just entered my song, War, in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, wish me luck!  https://youtu.be/MtfIrZ0D5m4

Comment by Deidre Rodman Struck on March 8, 2015 at 10:34am

Hi Micky Lapin! My only suggestion would be to consider the use of the word "secret", since it appears twice. If that is intentional, great. But if not, use it just one, and choose the place where it will have maximum effect.

Comment by Kaitlyn Mann on March 5, 2015 at 4:12pm

Micky Lapin

Well, one possibility is that what you already have, which is a strong thought, could be the chorus. It seems to be the main theme with "I want to know you baby" as the 'hook'.  And then you can build around that with your story.

If you want to keep those lyrics as the verses, another idea for the chorus could be why the person you are talking to is closed or scared to let you in and you are asking why he or she won't open up to you.

I'm super excited to see what you do next!!

Comment by Micky Lapin on March 5, 2015 at 12:12pm
Kaitlyn mann, thanks! Im not sure what the chorus is going to look like, do you have any ideas? Im actually writing this song with guitar for the music.
Comment by Kaitlyn Mann on March 5, 2015 at 10:07am

Aly Nicole Schulte

Your song sounds like a really great country pop song!!  With hints of Jason Mraz.  The only thing I would suggest is maybe to vary the rhythm on the guitar a little bit in the 2nd chorus, bridge, and last chorus so that it can be a little more moving.  Just an idea.  I really like the song and your vocals are spectacular as usual! 

Comment by Kaitlyn Mann on March 5, 2015 at 10:00am

Micky Lapin

These sound pretty cool!  Have you put any music to them yet?  What are your ideas for the chorus?  Can't wait to hear them!

Comment by Micky Lapin on March 2, 2015 at 1:28am
Hi, i wrote 2 verses of a song and want to know if they are any good. Let me know what you think:

I want to know the real you
I want to see what you've been through
Where you grew up, your hometown
Your secret hide out place
I want to know you baby

I want to know who broke your heart
I want to know who left those scars
All your secerts, that your keeping
For another rainy day
I want to know you baby
Comment by Kaitlyn Mann on March 1, 2015 at 10:18pm

My new song about a really insecure girl who feels that her best friend is so much more special than her.  http://youtu.be/I0xyM4FeNM4
LYRICS
We saw him at the same time
I knew him at a glance
There was something in his eyes
I knew
Was it something for me  
Like being in a dream  
Wonderful, magical, something else
Why should I even try
My friend is so much more
She’s
Wonderful, magical, something else

And it seems so clear to me

CHORUS
He should fall for you
He should fall for you
You’re out of this world
And I’m just me
He should fall for you
Fall all over you
You’re something special
And I’m just me
 
I shouldn’t act like I care
Cause nothing’s ever fair
He’s already been spoken for
I am the awkward one
The one who’s just a friend
I’m not wonderful, magical, or something else
The possibility
Could he have interest in me
He’s
Wonderful, magical, something else

But it seems so clear to me

CHORUS
He should fall for you
He should fall for you
You’re out of this world
And I’m just me
He should fall for you
Fall all over you
You’re something special
And I’m just me

What does he see when he looks at me?
What would it take to have a guy like him?
I’ve got nothing
‘cept hope to hold onto
What does he see when he looks at me?
What would it take to have a guy like him?
I don’t know
Why is he looking at me?

CHORUS
Could he fall for me
That’s a fantasy
He’s out of this world
And I’m just me

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!!

 

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