When I want to write a song, I often start by jotting down everything I think of when I consider the main idea of the song. In this case, for my novel Get Happy, my character Minerva wants to write (read more
Thanks to media specialist Denise DeMello, I met students in the King Philip Middle School Book Club after school for a Songwriting Skype. First, I shared an example of one of my songs. I sang it on the spot and (read more
Author Katherine Heiny had 31 rejections for a short story before finally getting an acceptance. Where did she finally land it? The New Yorker. These kind of rejection stories just illustrate the subjectivity of the judging process.
If you’re submitting (read more
Songwriters in the round with Annette Wasilik, Suzanne Brindamour, Kipyn Martin, Greta Ehrig, Audrey Engdahl and Mary Amato
Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium
7500 Maple Ave.
Takoma Park, MD
Greta Ehrig(read more
I love this Regina Spektor song, “Samson.”
The lyrics are worth looking at because it is an unconventional song. Most popular contemporary songs are structured like this:
Samson doesn’t have a traditional chorus. It does have two repeating lines (read more
A new study about teens from researchers at University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and Stanford shows some interesting things about the inaccuracy of perceptions. Here’s a blurb from the press release about the study:
…teens themselves have dramatic misperceptions (read more
Simple repetition in the chorus is such a great technique. Sampha’s line: “Don’t think about it too much, too much, too much” is a perfect example. There’s a kind of irony in the line, since the repetition shows that he (read more