HELLO, Songwriters!

If you don't know (or don't remember) me, I'm a Teaching Artist here at Carnegie Hall, and also a piano player/singer/songwriter. Last year all of us in the songwriting group partook (is that a word? It looks funny as I type it) in a lot of group songwriting prompts and challenges, getting to know each other and generally having a ball writing songs and listening to each other's songs.

IT IS TIME, PEOPLE. Time to catch up with each other, and time for another challenge.

Some past songwriting challenges have included collaboration, using specific chord progressions, or coming up with grooves. My own personal favorite was to write a song based on a communal title.

Well, It's Valentine's Day weekend, and that has me thinking about love and love songs. I've written a fair amount in my time, and so, I'm guessing, have all of you!

I would guess roughly, oh, 99% of all songs are about love in some form or another. Right? Love of people, of trucks, of drink, or of lost love, unrequited love, etc. I've written some love songs for my kids over the last couple of years, and as one fellow songwriter pointed out in the Songwriting Group recently, love songs to kids are sometimes the most awesome kind of love songs (not saying that MINE are. I'm just saying).

Today, we are going to look at some songs actually CALLED "Love Song".

Check these out, and then go write a song titled "Love Song". Seriously! Let's share them here, on the home page, or in the Songwriting Group, and get inspired!


Here's one by The Cure (one of my favorite bands in the 80s)


And here's the same song covered by Adele:


AND the same song covered by 311:


Of course, we have the Sara Bareilles song:


And Tesla!



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Comment by Jacob Derwin on February 17, 2015 at 11:41pm

Went simple and cute and desperate on this one. 



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