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How to write a song that matters / Dar Williams.

Williams, Dar, (author.).


"An effective and inspiring guide to songwriting by prolific singer-songwriter Dar Williams. How to Write a Song That Matters is an invaluable guide to writing music by a woman who knows how to do it and do it well: iconic singer-songwriter, Dar Williams. For years now, Williams has led songwriting retreats for musicians, from beginners to professionals, in which she elevates the process of songwriting over the assessment of the product. This book makes those intimate experiences accessible for songwriters across the globe, gifting them with the insight Williams has gleaned from her decades of experience. First, it encourages songwriters to find something that inspires them and then to follow that inspiration, letting the clues of those first few notes or lines lead their narrative. Soon, the initial rhythms, the unique sounds of the melody, and/or specific vocabulary emerge, giving birth to a 'voice' or a 'world' that the song can exist in. As the writer proceeds, Williams encourages them to ask themselves: 'Where did I go? Where did I REALLY go? What happened? What REALLY happened? What am I bringing back?' There are many other songwriting guides that hint to the reader that writing a 'hit song' may be on the horizon if only the reader correctly follows the guide or program. In this book, however, Williams shows readers how to tap into their OWN creative process, using their psyches, their unique life experiences, and their muses to write the songs that they are meant to write. By focusing on the process of creating a song that matters, as opposed to producing a well-constructed 'widget from a song factory,' songwriters will be able to establish their own voice and use it to make meaningful music. Perfect for music lovers of all sorts who want to write songs, How to Write a Song That Matters is a one-of-a-kind-book that readers will turn to for guidance time and time again"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780306923296
  • ISBN: 0306923297
  • Physical Description: vii, 276 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2022.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction(s) -- Inspiration -- Narrative -- Words -- Music (in other words...) -- Crossroads and endings -- Bringing our songs into the world -- The songwriter (you and me).
Subject: Popular music > Writing and publishing.
Popular music > Writing and publishing.
Genre: Popular music.

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