March 2014 Blog Posts (9)

Communal Title: Born Beautiful

Added by Deidre Rodman Struck on March 31, 2014 at 10:00pm — 6 Comments

Nashville Number System

When I first moved to New York City from Boston I was totally confused about the way the musicians I met were talking about song structure in terms of Roman Numerals.  It didn't make sense to me..why not just call out the chords you're playing? why numbers and what did they correspond to?  Granted.. .this was before the internet was the internet. Before you could find any answer to any question in the blink of an eye.  So I asked around.  Jazz musicians had their own language that was pretty…


Added by Mike Viola on March 28, 2014 at 10:34pm — No Comments

If At First You Don't Succeed, Throw It In The Boneyard

I'm fresh back from 4 days of writing and recording with a new band in Detroit and I wanted to share a little nugget of knowledge that surfaced while I was in the midst of collaborating with a frustrated bunch of writers.  You know what is a very powerful tool to have? The ability to throw something away and start again fresh.  Why? Am I telling you to give up? NO! I'm telling you that not all your ideas are good.  That's all. Some are just stepping stones to something better,…


Added by Mike Viola on March 23, 2014 at 6:55pm — No Comments

Communal Title: Brainstorming with an MX Songwriter

Added by Deidre Rodman Struck on March 14, 2014 at 9:08pm — No Comments

Given Titles: Starting Out With Almost Nothing

Starting with a title is fun. Starting with a given title is even more fun and opens up more possibilities.  Like being blindfolded, spun in circles, rip the blind fold off and start walking. going THAT way now.  Take for instance "Drowning In Sunshine".  You may interpret that as a dark song.  Historically speaking, Sunshine is the street name for heroin. So maybe this is an escapist song about needing to hide, get away, or disappear. (see! bet you didn't see that coming)  Or, if…


Added by Mike Viola on March 14, 2014 at 8:31pm — 3 Comments

Communal Title

Communal title: Write a musical phrase or song with a title written by one of your peers.



Added by Carnegie Hall on March 12, 2014 at 2:00pm — 73 Comments


Hello, Musical Exchangers! (or "MXers" as I like to call you)

It's been really fun reading everyone's title brainstorms from the What's in a Title activity. If you haven't done it yet, go give it a try-it's literally a 3-minute exercise!

In the exercise everyone was asked to jot down song titles for 3 minutes, without stopping to judge them. There have been some…


Added by Deidre Rodman Struck on March 9, 2014 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

Hell of a man / new song i'm working on

This is a new song I'm working on ,different style then most of my songs so any thoughts would be great .

Added by Connor Peavy on March 5, 2014 at 4:07pm — 1 Comment

Favorite Artist/Composer?

I'm interested to hear what you all think!

Added by Omar El-Abidin on March 2, 2014 at 1:22pm — 2 Comments

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