Tag Archives: songwriting

Neil Young: Songwriting & Life at the Ranch 1971

I came across this fascinating video showing Neil Young, circa 1971, hanging out on his California ranch. This time period is right before he released his masterpiece, Harvest. We also get to meet, the “Old Man,” the subject of Neil’s classic “Old Man “.

As a songwriter, it’s not surprising that Neil’s ranch environment played such a vital inspirational role in his music of the day. Hat Tip to the excellent music blog, Aquarium Drunkard!

David Bowie’s Creative Process

While cruising the internet, I came across this fascinating video from 1997, David Bowie’s “Inspirations.” (Hat tip to the always excellent website, openculture.com) Watching the video, we get a glimpse into Mr. Bowie’s creative process. What really impressed me was how he constantly pushed himself out of his comfort zone in order to grow as an artist. Whether you’re a Bowie fan or not, this 15 minute video about art and creativity is well worth watching. Enjoy!

George Harrison, The Beatles: “Something” Songwriting Process

As a songwriter and a Beatles fan, I have always been curious about their songwriting process. The above audio file gives us a glimpse into the magic of writing “Something,” one of my favorite George Harrison compositions. Imagine showing your new song ideas to band mates like John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Hat Tip to Tape Op’s Facebook page for this gem.

The Songwriting Process: Rolling Stones “Sympathy for the Devil”

Naissance de "Sympathy for the devil " (one+one… by cinocheproduction

Here’s an interesting video showing the songwriting process of the Rolling Stones creating their classic song, “Sympathy for the Devil.” What’s not to like about this clip? You get to see the Stones at their prime in 1968 working on their classic record, “Beggar’s Banquet.” The footage was shot by French new wave cinema icon, Jean-Luc Godard.

I find it interesting to see the song develop from it’s original concept to the classic song we all know and love.

H/T to the always excellent site, openculture.com

What I’m Listening to: Jill Sobule “California Years”

This is a new feature I’m adding to the blog because I think it’s important to listen to a lot of different music.  It’s my hope that I will help turn you on to an artist or recording you might not be familiar with.

First up is songwriter extraordinaire, Jill Sobule and her excellent recording, “California Years.” Songwriter’s take note and listen Jill’s songs. She is a master at her craft.

California Years

Here’s a video of Jill performing a song from the record, “Where is Bobbie Gentry.”


Video: Grohl on Writing Hit Songs

Sorry for the light posting of late. I have been working on new music and I’ll have some new posts coming up here very soon. In the meantime, here’s something for songwriters:

I came across this video on the always excellent Bobby Owsinski Big Picture Production Blog. Dave Grohl talks about writing hits. It’s silly – but damn if he isn’t on to something.