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Five Ways to Find Songwriting Collaborators

Compliments of Cliff Goldmacher

So let’s say you’re a lyricist  who has lots of great song ideas but no melodies to hang them on. Or, let’s say, you’re an experienced musician and vocalist but can’t imagine putting words to…

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Five Ways Songwriters can Avoid Writers Block

Compliments of Cliff Goldmacher

Songwriting – like any art – requires at least a certain amount of inspiration. However, the more you write the more often inspiration isn’t as available as you’d like it to be. Occasionally, inspiration can…

Interview with Jazz Singer Shana Dinha

Jazz Singer Shana Dinha Talks Her “Sounds of Spring” Show, EP ‘The Seasons We Carry’, and Making a Positive Difference with West Coast Songwriters Executive Director. Ian Crombie in Berkeley, CA

It’s been said that West Coast Songwriters…

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The Pros and Cons of Songwriting Contests

By Cliff Goldmacher

As a songwriter starting out, the allure of the songwriting contest is clear. It’s an opportunity for the industry recognition we all desire. And while on some levels this may be true, I think it’s valuable…

Are There Still Songs In That Old Guitar?

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I got my first real six-string 

Bought it at the five-and-dime 

Played it 'til my fingers bled 

Was the summer of sixty-nine” 

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The Pros and Cons of Songwriter Nights

by Cliff Goldmacher

One of the rites of passage for songwriters is performing (or hearing your song performed if you don’t sing/play an instrument) at a songwriter night. This can be alternately terrifying, thrilling or just another day at…