October 2013 Blog Posts (22)

The Songwriting of Lou Reed.

Hey Everyone, 


Here's a video blog I did about the song writing of Lou Reed. I played guitar in Lou's band since May of 2011. Very sad about his passing.


Please check out the songs I talk about in my blog (also posted below) Perfect Day and Pale Blue Eyes, as they relate to this week's Songwriting…


Added by Aram Bajakian on October 30, 2013 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

sheet music website


Hi everyone,
this is a sheet music website I use sometimes.
I don't know if the price for the sheet music is good ,I only use the example sheet they show to get started and then learn the rest be ear .
just thought i would post it.

Added by Connor Peavy on October 30, 2013 at 2:27pm — 1 Comment

The Future Ahead...(Long, Sorry)

Well... Hello out there, fellow musicians! My name is Allyah, like the singer "Aaliyah. I always wanted to be involved in music. Whether it's singing, playing guitar, playing piano, audtioning for musical theatre (I was in "High School Musical" my 11th grade year as Kelsi Neilson and will audition for "Grease" next week. Wish me luck!! XD), writing a song, creating a playlist for characters from books/movies or making…


Added by Allyah Marie Howard on October 30, 2013 at 1:12pm — 2 Comments

songwriting project 2

Hey Everyone,

It's a little late but here is the song I am working on for songwriting project 2.
It still need some work. let me know what you think 
Hope you enjoy 

Connor :)

Added by Connor Peavy on October 28, 2013 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

Arranging Ellington - Free Sacred Conceptualisms

In writing for the Arranging Ellington project, I've been seeking to start from a conceptual basis; in a way, I want to break down pieces into their essential qualities and work philosophically as a means of developing the musical realization. It has been both helpful and interesting in creating a consistent character for the piece.

Thinking of Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts from which the songs are drawn from, with their…


Added by Ben Zucker on October 26, 2013 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments


It is said that no man (or woman) is an island. We are all connected, and these connections can serve as powerful inspirations for songwriting.


There have been approximately 1.1 bazillion songs written about love/breakups (see: every song by Taylor Swift), which makes a lot of sense. Love is universal. I've written some on the topic, for sure. But I've also been inspired by people who I don't necessarily know.


Sometimes a song is about both. "Layla", for…


Added by Deidre Rodman Struck on October 25, 2013 at 8:06pm — No Comments

new jazz songHey everyone ,This is a jazz song I am working on, it's not done yet,and still has a long way to go before it is done.that being said, what do you  think of it so far ? Any thoughts woul…

new jazz song

Hey everyone ,
This is a jazz song I am working on, it's not done yet,and still has a long way to go before it is done.
that being said, what do you  think of it so far ?
Any thoughts would be great.

Thanks :)


Added by Connor Peavy on October 25, 2013 at 5:14pm — No Comments

Arranging Ellington: The Ellington Effect

Whenever anyone first discovers the music of Duke Ellington, they are invariably struck by the distinctive combination of instrumental colors that sounds utterly unlike anything else, before or since. Duke's earliest mature recordings from the late 1920's display an unprecedented mastery of mood, timbre, and harmony that even today sounds breathtakingly fresh. He helped usher in the "big band era" of the 1930's, when hard-swinging jazz aggregations became the hottest thing going in popular…


Added by Darcy James Argue on October 25, 2013 at 7:30am — 6 Comments

Welcome to Arranging Ellington

I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Arranging Ellington, a new online arranging workshop coordinated by Carnegie Hall Musical Exchange. Together, we'll be exploring the techniques of creative arranging by considering the life and work of the incomparable Duke Ellington.


You're invited to create your own new arrangement of one of two Ellington works: "Come Sunday" (originally from…


Added by Darcy James Argue on October 21, 2013 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

orchestra song

Christmas eve jubilee

 Hey everyone,

This is a holiday orchestra song I composed a few years back. I used my keyboard and about half a day for this project,but writing it down on paper did take a few weeks after I got this recording done.

just wondering what thought??any thoughts on it  would be…


Added by Connor Peavy on October 18, 2013 at 10:48am — No Comments


The things that inspire me to write are events that happen daily and emotions that I endure. A lot of the songs that I write are about people in my life, or the way that someone has made an impact on me. Sometimes I don't even think about what I'm saying and the words just come out. My best compositions however, have been when I sing about something I really care about such as the girls soccer team, rugby team, my father, mother,…


Added by Anna Pearl Roseberry Belinda on October 17, 2013 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments



Jolene, by Dolly Parton


This week's question is: what chord progression inspires you?

The activity is to write a melody based on that chord progression.


I've always been inspired by, well, chord…


Added by Deidre Rodman Struck on October 17, 2013 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

My songwriter project

Hi Everyone!!!..I am Kelly.. :) I am a finalist in the songwriter search here in South Africa.:) and I'm looking forward to meeting all the other finalists in December.I am SUPER happy and excited to be a part of this project and its great to know that here are professional songwriters and musicians to guide us with our song writing.

 I LOVE writing about things that occur in my life, like putting my feelings down on paper. I also write about things that I observe around…


Added by Kelly on October 16, 2013 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

    One of the greatest gifts music gives me is perspective – the chance to just step back and look at whatever I’m going through from a higher place. The blues captures that, soul captures that, a…

One of the greatest gifts music gives me is perspective – the chance…

Added by Samuel Mayer on October 14, 2013 at 4:28pm — 1 Comment


It almost feels like the impossible question.


"Who are you as a songwriter?"


I've been asked this question a lot throughout my career, and I find that the answer is ever-changing.


But that's the beauty of it, right? As artists we are always pushing ourselves to the next level, discovering gems under rocks others might pass by. We cross boundaries, blur lines, open doors (even if we don't always know what we will find behind them). What inspires…


Added by Deidre Rodman Struck on October 12, 2013 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Beautiful YoYo MA interview in NYTIMES today!

YoYO Ma interview in the NYTIMES today.

" I would say the sound part of it, what you hear, the measurable part of the sound, is equivalent to the tip of an iceberg, less than 10 percent of the whole mass. So what’s below the surface is actually what is the music, what’s above is just the sound. I think about what is behind Bob Dylan’s voice."…


Added by Aram Bajakian on October 11, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Songwriting Inspirations



Added by Abby Hwong on October 9, 2013 at 11:30pm — 6 Comments

Some New Tracks that Inspired me Last Night.

Mississippi John Hurt. His guitar playing is beautiful. This clip is great because you can really see how he plucks the strings. 

And Tom Waits.


Added by Aram Bajakian on October 8, 2013 at 10:39am — No Comments

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