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Copyright on Cover Songs in the USA 

Did you know that under USA copyright law, if you give your recording of a cover song away for free (either download or hard copy), you are liable to pay the copyright holder/publisher the statutory 9.1c copyright fee for every single copy you sell or give away ? As per a quote from the IMRO […]

Our Side Of The Sun – New Co-write with Robbie Hancock 

Here is a recent co-write with Robbie Hancock of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. “Our Side Of The Sun” is a sunny summer love song to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The song was originally written for the Facebook GYAWS song-writing group, but as we liked it so much we decided to produce it […]

GYAWS Podcast #5 – Theme 8.01 – “TRASH TALKIN” 

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GYAWS – Get Your Ass Writing Songs Podcast – Episode 5 GYAWS Podcast #5 – Theme 8.01 – “TRASH TALKIN” Monster show not only with tracks but also track and process breakdowns by some super-cool GYAWS-ters. Packed with  superb content AGAIN! So go ahead make yourself comfortable and listen away. Features:- Paris Kis…

Free ‘Audio Recording Bookcamp’ Book from Ronan Chris Murphy 

Ronan Chris Murphy – audio recording guru extraordinare – is currently offering his small eBook, called ‘Audio Recording Bootcamp’, for FREE ! The link at the bottom of this post shows you how to obtain Ronan’s gift, and has a short video explaining the book and how it came about. It’s also for sale on Amazon at […]

Celebrating Imperfection – Creating Freedom 

”Accepting the world as imperfect, unfinished, and transient, and then going deeper and celebrating that reality, is something not unlike freedom.” Richard Powell, author of ‘Wabi Sabi Simple: Create beauty. Value imperfection. Live deeply’ (2004) Tagged: creativity, freedom, imperfection, quotations, reality, Richard Powell

Songwriter’s Slumps 

If you are a professional songwriter or musician, you will know that there are far more low periods than high peaks in your career. And it’s those long, low valleys that sort the men from the boys, so to speak.  Sorry ladies for the sexist analogy! Today I happened upon the following article, which talks […]

‘Walk Away’ ft Bamtone in Canadian Music Library 

A recent co-write of mine, entitled ‘Walk Away’, was accepted by a top Canadian Production Music Library within 2 days of being completed.  Made my month !  Well almost, because my very first grandchild was born mid February. ‘Walk Away’ was co-written with the ultra talented Briand Melanson aka Bamtone, who is himself from Toronto, Canada. […]

First Production Music Library Acceptance & Blu Cedar Album Placement 

I found out last week that my song ‘This Is The End’, which I co-wrote with Michelle Lockey, has been accepted into a good LA production music library. The version of ‘This Is The End’ which the library wanted is recorded by Blu Cedar, a duo consisting of Michelle Lockey and Nathan Nasby.  The track […]

My First Album Placement – 2 Songs on 1 Album ! 

I am so excited ! Michelle Lockey, the first songwriter I started professionally co-writing with, and who hails from the USA, has just released her latest album, and it includes 2 songs co-written by yours truly. Thank you for believing in me Michelle ! Don’t ever believe those who tell you that you can’t collaborate […]

‘You Shelter Me With Love’ – Newly Completed Song @ Halley Elwell 

I have been working with Halley Elwell over the last couple of months and it has always been so easy and such great fun !  She is a very proficient jazz singer, musician and composer, and a great person to co-write with. ‘You Shelter Me With Love’ is our second collaboration and the result is […]

‘The Outsider’ – Poetry 

I wrote this poem, called ‘The Outsider’ in January 1999, whilst living aboard my boat in West Cork, Ireland. When you live on a boat at sea, people, in general, make almighty assumptions about you – who you were, who you are,  where you came from, you must be weird, you’re homeless, you’re a dropout, […]

On the Occasion of Tim Behrens 40th Birthday 

This is an incredibly moving song called “Every Days A Blessing”, written and performed by the talented Tim Behrens on his 40th birthday. I have, now and then, been lucky enough to have collaborated with Tim, and not only is he easy to work with, it’s a joyous experience because he has so much talent […]

Eric Campbell aces Alt Rock with Axel Bauer 

One of my co-writers is Eric Campbell from Atlanta in the USA.  He is one very multi-talented man, and a joy to work with. Besides being a solo artist and producer, he is also part of the international duo, ‘Mom’s Basement’.  The other part being Axel Bauer from Austria. Here’s the video of their debut […]

Can You Hear Feelings ? 

  Music is what feelings sound like… This is why I love to write lyrics for film and tv. I can make the listener feel what I am feeling, or what I want them to feel…  deep down inside themselves where it is real, for a moment, where it brings back a memory or a […]

Big Little Lions – New ‘Paper Cage’ EP 

If you have never previously heard of Big Little Lions, rest assured that you will be hearing a lot of them in the future.   Having just recently released their first EP, ‘Paper Cage’, they are creating more than a breeze around the web. The Band Big Little Lions are an international duo comprising singer songwriters […]

Write Songs Every Day 

Songwriting is a muscle that needs to be constantly worked in order to stay strong. Quote from the Educated Songwriter blog So stretch it daily ! Tagged: blog, Educated Songwriter, quote, songwriting, songwriting advice, write every day

Write Songs Every Day 

Songwriting is a muscle that needs to be constantly worked in order to stay strong. Quote from the Educated Songwriter blog So stretch it daily ! Tagged: blog, Educated Songwriter, quote, songwriting, songwriting advice, write every day

Taxi Road Rally 2014 

The annual Taxi Road Rally is to be held on the 7th, 8th and 9th of November 2014, with Registration on Thursday 6th November. It will again be in the The Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel, Los Angeles, USA. Information on the 2013 Taxi Road Rally HERE. Please contact Taxi A&R for further information. I can’t […]

Taxi Road Rally 2014 

The annual Taxi Road Rally is to be held on the 7th, 8th and 9th of November 2014, with Registration on Thursday 6th November. It will again be in the The Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel, Los Angeles, USA. Information on the 2013 Taxi Road Rally HERE. Please contact Taxi A&R for further information. I can’t […]

Amanda’s Taxi Rally Fund 

Hi Friends and Readers, After much discussion with friends and fellow songwriters/collaborators, I have decided to try to raise the funds to attend a very important (for me) music/songwriting A&R conference in Los Angeles.  This is the Taxi A&R Road Rally 2014, held in November of each year in the Westin Hotel, LA.  It is […]