The Songwriter

June 15, 2010

Still Loving Garageband

One of the things I love about Garageband is how easily I can take a song from conception to final mix without ever leaving the main screen or dealing with routing issues. Every now and then I run into a tip on how to do a particular process on Garageband that reminds me just how cool this little (free) program is. This week I learned about another little trick that has helped me save loads of time when archiving my projects. It’s called “track locking”.

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June 7, 2010

Trevor Re-titled

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The following story is pure fiction. But I thought it would be fun to play devil’s advocate and show what could happen when you’re not careful with the types of deals you sign or don’t follow up appropriately.

Again, this is fictional story that doesn’t represent me or anyone that I know, work with, or have worked with in the past.

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June 2, 2010

Re-titling & Non-Exclusive (part 2)

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted on this blog, but I’ve been researching as much as possible about my last post regarding Exclusive and Non-exclusive library deals. As I mentioned before there has been a healthy debate online about what some folks feel works best and what writers should be aware of. I’m going to dedicate this post on what I have found works best for “ME” and where I think the library production industry might be heading.

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February 3, 2010

Re-Titling and the Non-Exclusives

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There’s been a healthy debate on the internet lately regarding the practice of “re-titling” and the music libraries that do it. While some songwriters are concern about it, a large number of them seem to be ok with it. I personally have not found the practice to be a problem…yet!

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July 29, 2009

The Myth of the Brown M&M’s

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You might remember the story of how back in the early 80’s the band Van Halen insisted that at every show they performed at there be a bowl of M&M chocolates with all the brown ones removed. Like most people I thought this was just part of the over-indulgence of the 80’s and rock stars just keeping up with their diva status. However it wasn’t until a few months ago after reading David Lee Roth’s autobiography and other articles, that I actually found out the real reason why they requested such a crazy stuff.  It was for “quality control”.

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