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Songwriting For Dummies by Cathy Lynn Austin, Jim Peterik, Dave Austin

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Chapter 1

Capturing That Solid-Gold Nugget

In This Chapter

Gathering song ideas from anywhere

Organizing and tracking your thoughts and inspirations

Documenting your ideas

This book is for everyone who shares the dream of harnessing the songwriting power we all have within. You’ve come to the right place if your heart keeps telling you to write a song, but your mind is uncertain as to the process of the craft or what’s required to create a really good song. You bought the right book if you’re wondering how to collect and organize your ideas. You have found the right resource if you have pieces of songs lying in notebooks and on countless cassettes but can’t seem to put the pieces together. This book is for you if you have racks of finished song demos but don’t know what to do next to get them heard. When you know the elements that make up a great song and how the pros go about writing one, you can get on the right path to creating one of your own.

Unless you’re lucky enough to have fully finished songs come to you in your deepest dreams, or to somehow take dictation from the ghosts of Tin Pan Alley (the publishing area located in New York City in the 1930s and 1940s), most of us need to summon the forces, sources, reasons, and seasons that give us the necessary motivation to draw a song from our heart of hearts. Given that initial spark, you then need the best means of gathering those ideas, organizing them, putting them into form, and documenting them as they roll in — before ...

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