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It All Begins with the Music: Developing Successful Artists and Careers for the New Music Business by Dan Kimpel, Don Grierson

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Chapter 1. The Songwriter

If it all begins with the music, it certainly must be said that contemporary music definitely radiates from the song. The greatest singer, band, or rapper in the world can’t convey a message without words and music. And all the technology in existence will not give anyone the ability to create great songs. For songwriters who are students of the craft, there is no better way to learn how it is done than by studying other writers and successful songs.

Jeffrey Steele (www.jeffreysteele.net), a songwriter who penned 500 songs recorded in an eight-year period with 95 singles off of 75 gold and platinum records, says, “The most important thing any songwriter needs to have is that drive, an ‘against all odds’ instinct to keep ...

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