How to Write One Song: Loving the Things We Create and How They Love Us Back

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How to Write One Song: Loving the Things We Create and How They Love Us Back
Title How to Write One Song: Loving the Things We Create and How They Love Us Back
Author
Publisher Dutton
Release DateOctober 13, 2020
Category New Release
Total Pages 176 pages
ISBN 978-0593183526
Book Rating out of 5 from reviews
Language EN, ES, BE, DA ,DE , NL and FR
Book Review & Summary:

There are few creative acts more mysterious and magical than writing a song. But what if the goal wasn't so mysterious and was actually achievable for anyone who wants to experience more magic and creativity in their life? That's something that anyone will be inspired to do after reading Jeff Tweedy's How to Write One Song. Why one song? Because the difference between one song and many songs isn't a cute semantic trick—it's an important distinction that can simplify a notoriously confusing art form. The idea of becoming a capital-S songwriter can seem daunting, but approached as a focused, self-contained event, the mystery and fear subsides, and songwriting becomes an exciting pursuit. And then there is the energizing, nourishing creativity that can open up. How to Write One Song brings readers into the intimate process of writing one song—lyrics, music, and putting it all together—and accesses the deep sense of wonder that remains at the heart of this curious, yet incredibly fulfilling, artistic act. But it’s equally about the importance of making creativity part of your life every day, and of experiencing the hope, inspiration, and joy available to anyone who’s willing to get started.

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There are few creative acts more mysterious and magical than writing a song. But what if the goal wasn't so mysterious and was actually achievable for anyone who wants to experience more magic and creativity in their life? That's something that anyone will be inspired to do after reading Jeff Tweedy's How to Write One Song. Why one song? Because the difference between one song and many songs isn't a cute semantic trick—it's an important distinction that can simplify a notoriously confusing art form. The idea of becoming a capital-S songwriter can seem daunting, but approached as a focused, self-contained event, the mystery and fear subsides, and songwriting becomes an exciting pursuit. And then there is the energizing, nourishing creativity that can open up. How to Write One Song brings readers into the intimate process of writing one song—lyrics, music, and putting it all together—and accesses the deep sense of wonder that remains at the heart of this curious, yet incredibly fulfilling, artistic act. But it’s equally about the importance of making creativity part of your life every day, and of experiencing the hope, inspiration, and joy available to anyone who’s willing to get started.

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"A visual portrait that delves into the people and processes behind self-recorded music, featuring some of the biggest names in music today. Everywhere you look musicians are creating, recording, and selling their music without the help of big-name studios, producers, or labels. Written by Spencer Tweedy, this book offers tangible-and visually stunning-proof that self-recording is the future of the music industry. Each chapter takes on a specific aspect of self-recording through original interviews with musicians and all new photography, revealing the joys and complications of writing songs you record yourself, how to eke out your best performances without the aid of a producer, and how mixing and arranging independently can lead to a distinct, cohesive sound. You'll hear how some of your favorite musicians charted their path to self-recording and how emerging technologies and trends could make independently produced records the rule, not the exception. Famed music-world photographer Daniel Topete provides further inspiration with his intimate shots of artists recording in living rooms, back yards, and garages-such as Eleanor Friedburger, Mac DeMarco, Vagabon, Tune-Yards, Yuka Honda and more. The first book devoted entirely to the practice of self-recording, Mirror Sound charts a way forward for any musician who aspires to make their own music and send it out to the world on their own terms"--

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Author Rick Moody
Publisher Picture Box Incorporated
Release Date 2004
Category Music
Total Pages 160
ISBN 0971367035
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Examining the pictorial, literary, and musical world that Wilco conjure up on record and on stage this book is created in collaboration with Jeff Tweedy, Wilco and Tony Margherita. Primarily visual, The Wilco Book shows what Wilco does, how they do it and where it all comes together. The band narrates the book in the form of long captions accompanying the images. Just as the band assembles its disparate talents, this book coheres in the end to reveal a 40 minute CD of original, unreleased songs. This truly is a translation of the band's sensibility from sound into print.

Wilcopedia by Daniel Cook Johnson

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Author Daniel Cook Johnson
Publisher Jawbone Press
Release Date 2019-09-17
Category Music
Total Pages 320
ISBN 191103653X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Wilcopedia is a comprehensive guide to the music of the preeminent US rock band of the twenty-first century. It offers a thorough appraisal of the entire Wilco canon, with detailed insights into every album and song the band have released, as well as side projects, collaborations, covers, and more. Since their formation in 1994, Wilco have become one of the most acclaimed and influential bands of modern times. While previous books have told their story in a biographical sense, Wilcopedia zeroes in on the music, tracing the evolution of the band’s material from the studio to the concert stage, from the formative Uncle Tupelo recordings through the mold-breaking Yankee Hotel Foxtrot to latter-day gems Star Wars and Schmilco and beyond. Throughout their twenty-five year career, Wilco’s founder and primary songwriter, Jeff Tweedy, has led his band through various shifts in lineup and genre that have kept fans on their toes and made their music difficult to categorize. While they are largely considered an Americana act, their music has touched on hard rock, electronica, pop, soul, punk, folk, and more. If you’re looking for a thorough appraisal of Tweedy & Co.’s first quarter-century, one thing’s for sure: Wilcopedia will love you, baby.

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