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The EPC serves
as a central gateway to resources in electronic poetry and poetics
produced at the University at Buffalo as well as elsewhere on the
Internet. The goal is "to make a wide range of resources centered
on contemporary experimental and formally innovative poetries an
immediate actuality." Extensive listing of poetry resources
on the web.
Created to unite
words, design, music and motion and to celebrate poetry through
technology and the Internet.
Songwriting Resources, Books
Art of Writing Great Lyrics
by Pamela Phillips Oland
Oland covers traditional issues in this text (song form, word play),
but she also discusses the music business and the art of collaboration.
Complete Guide to the Craft of Songwriting
by Stephen Citron
The book provides detailed discussions of melody, rhyme, and form,
as well as a section on copyright law.
Craft of Lyric Writing
by Shelia Davis
Writer's Digest Books
Drawn from her professional seminars on lyric writing, Davis examines
a range of issues (rhyming, word play, song formats).
by Paul Zollo
Interviews with more than 50 songwriters, including Neil Young,
Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, Carole King, Willie Dixon, Randy Newman,
Lamont Dozier, and Suzanne Vega.
Inside the Art of Songwriting
by Jimmy Webb
Write a Song
by Amy Appleby
This workbook includes a CD and exercises to let fledgling songwriters
Songwriting Resources, Websites
A magazine reporting
on the craft and business of songwriting. Includes interviews, writing
tips, industry news, reviews, lyric contest and more.
Guide for Songwriters
Advice and tips
on lyric writing, song publishing, copyright information, performing,
music law, recording, live music, venues, books, and inspiration.
Free site maintained by Hal Cohen, songwriter.
songwriters: includes showcase for original songs, review area in
which individuals can have songs critiqued by peers, questions and
answers, interviews with songwriters, articles about the songwriting
from Pat Patterson
The web site
of Pat Pattison, Professor of lyric writing and poetry at Berklee
College of Music. Contains good tips about songwriting.
A site at which
songwriters can submit their lyrics for review by readers, enter
songwriting contests, work through the process of copyrighting original
A web site offering
songwriters' resources including interviews with songwriters, advice
for newcomers, recommended books on songwriting, the Muse's News
(a free monthly newsletter).
Site of the
Songwriters, Composers, Lyricists Association of Australia. Provides
advice and insight on songwriting from the perspective of individual
of song lyrics, sheet music, and music liscensing services.
Each month, SongLink provides details of around 30-40 upcoming recording
projects around the world requiring songs, with concise details
about (a) the artist; (b) the style of music required; and (c) where
to send your demos. Subscribers then respond by sending the required
items directly to the contacts listed in the magazine.
of the Dallas Songwriters' Association. This site includes news
about songwriting contests, checklists and rating systems for evaluating
collection of news and information for songwriters. Advice on writing
and marketing songs, song contests, resources for songwriters.
A leading independent
company for connecting songwriters, artists, unsigned bands
is an online music insider's network founded by Oscar/Grammy winning
lyricist Carole Bayer Sager, Grammy winning producer/composer David
Foster and Grammy winning singer-songwriter/producer Kenneth 'Babyface'
with our amazing roster of chart-topping Hitmakers, the underlying
purpose of Tonos is to not only seek out and develop undiscovered
talent through our innovative online Challenges contests, but also
to inspire, enlighten and educate musicians and artists around the
world. In the words of Sager, it's all about "giving back to
the industry that has given us so much."
Web site of
an annual songwriting contest that strives to connect the peoples
of the world. Extensive list of internationally hosted songwriters
Scholarly Resources on Songs/Music Songwriting
"On Popular Music"
(position on musical meaning)
A summary of
Adorno's classic work on musical meaning and popular music. Done
in collaboration with George Simpson.
The online version
of a review article by Thomas Swiss' that explores the relationship
between popular music and poetry.
Tagg, music semiotician
Web site of
Dr. Phillip Tagg, semiotic scholar of popular music. This web site
looks at music from the viewpoint of semiotic theory. Tagg includes
links to numerous papers on semiotic theory and popular culture
including Adorno's "On Popular Music."
the Library of Congress, this assignment asks you to write your
own protest song, taking you through the processes necessary to
being your song.
This site, a
division of the emplive site, has a wide range of songwriting curriculum
resources, from American Songs in Perspective to Civic Rights songs,
with high school and college students as two target audiences.
Resources for Teachers and Students
software for Guitar, Bass Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele and all
other 4, 5 and 6 string fretted instruments. Includes a multimedia
Music Theory tutorial.
A rich collaboration
between the Grammy Association and the Experience Music Project.
Includes resources for teachers, assignments, archives, valuable
scholarly resources on music, songwriting, songs.
A rhyming dictionary
that can be of use to songwriters.
Copyright Office, Library of Congress
site at which individuals work through the process of copyrighting
shall have Power . . . To promote the Progress of Science and useful
Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the
exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries . .
. Article I, Section 8, U.S. Constitution"
A resource site,
in cooperation with the Institute for Popular Music (University
of Liverpool), that is useful for academics studying popular music.
Includes scholarly articles on popular music of all eras and genres,
scholarly resources about the music industry, music history, research