Archive for May, 2013

New songwriting tips book warns new songwriters not to think writing songs is an easy way to get rich quick

May 16, 2013

A new songwriting tips book titled “How [Not] To Write A Hit Song! – 101 Common Mistakes To Avoid If You Want Songwriting Success” is warning aspiring songwriters that they must be prepared to put in hundreds of hours of hard work if they want to achieve success with their songs.

The book’s researchers found that songwriters who are just starting out often fail to understand that the craft of songwriting requires an exceptional level of self-motivation, self-belief and hard work, as well as talent.

Anyone who believes songwriting is an easy way to get rich quick should think again, the book warns.

“One of the biggest mistakes talented new songwriters make is to expect something to happen with every song they write, and they get disillusioned and give up when it doesn’t happen,” says the book’s author Brian Oliver, an experienced music publisher and music consultant. He has worked with legendary songwriters such as Neil Diamond, Janis Ian, Albert Hammond, Chip Taylor and Gilbert O’Sullivan.

Oliver adds: “It’s important for new writers to recognize that each song they write is just a stepping-stone to the next one. It’s all part of an important learning process that gradually takes them closer to finding their own ‘voice’ and their own distinctive writing style.”

He says: “We’ve all heard about songwriters who finished a song in the time it takes to boil an egg and it went on to earn a fortune. Leiber & Stoller wrote ‘Hound Dog’ in 12 minutes and Lady Gaga wrote her first single ‘Just Dance’ in 10 minutes. But the truly great songwriters just make it look easy. In reality, they put in hundreds of hours of hard work to hone their talent.

“Young, aspiring songwriters have to do the same.”

How [Not] To Write A Hit Song! – 101 Common Mistakes To Avoid If You Want Songwriting Success” sets out to help new songwriters and lyricists develop their own unique writing style while avoiding fundamental errors at each stage in the song development process.

How [Not] To Write A Hit Song! – 101 Common Mistakes To Avoid If You Want Songwriting Success” is available from Amazon’s Kindle Store and Apple’s iTunes Store (Books/Arts&Entertainment/Music).

Written in an easy, non-technical style, the book examines the essential elements that are consistently found in the structure, melodies and lyrics of all hit songs. It highlights the most common errors that are made when these key components are built into a song, and shows new songwriters how to avoid such mistakes in their own songs.

The book also includes important tips on fixing and strengthening songs, along with a detailed checklist for writers to measure their own songs against – no matter how ‘finished’ they think their songs are.

How [Not] To Write A Hit Song! – 101 Common Mistakes To Avoid If You Want Songwriting Success” is now available from Amazon’s Kindle Store for only US$7.22 or GB£4.78.

You can read a FREE sample of the book HERE (USA) and HERE (UK).

Also available from Apple’s iTunes Store (Books/Arts & Entertainment/Music).

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Eric Burdon releases new solo album

May 16, 2013

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To coincide with The Animals’ 50th anniversary this year, Eric Burdon has released a new solo album, ‘Til Your River Runs Dry. It contains 12 songs, mostly written by Burdon, and is said to be his most personal album to date.

  He is currently writing his third memoir (follow-up to I Used to Be An Animal, But I’m Alright Now and Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood). Details of an international tour will also be announced soon.

  Watch the promo video HERE…

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New Rod Stewart album sees return to ‘old-fashioned Rod’

May 16, 2013

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Rod Stewart’s new album Time marks a welcome return to his unique pop/rock style of the 1970s and 1980s. “It’s just a good, old-fashioned Rod Stewart album with a lot of mandolin, acoustic guitar and fiddles, and good storytelling,” said 68-year-old Rod.

  It’s his first album of all-new material since 2001’s Human. For the first time in nearly 20 years, he also had a hand in writing most of the songs.

  Watch the video for the first single, ‘It’s Over’, HERE…

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New Caffrey Morrison Thompson album ‘Sleepless Nights’ should be a hit with fans of Journey, Asia, Survivor and Paul Carrack

May 14, 2013

SLEEPLESS NIGHTSIf you’re a fan of the rock musical Rock of Ages, and you’re into the melodic rock of classic 1980s bands like Journey, Asia and Survivor, you’ll love this new album, Sleepless Nights, by Caffrey Morrison Thompson – a highly experienced three-piece band from the North East of England.

Sleepless Nights features a superb collection of 15 pop-rock and melodic blues-driven tracks. The songs provide an excellent vehicle for the band’s soulful vocals which also carry strong echoes of Paul Carrack, Paul Rodgers and Free.

Caffrey Morrison Thompson comprises singer-songwriters Phil Caffrey and Tommy Morrison, and songwriter-producer Steve Thompson.

Phil Caffrey was a member of 1970s band Arbre who were signed to DJM Records alongside Elton John. Phil’s distinctive Paul Rodgers-sounding voice has been much in demand for many years, including backing vocals on a Saxon album and Jimmy Nail’s 1994 hit ‘Crocodile Shoes’.

As a solo artist, Tommy Morrison’s first album, titled Place Your Bets, was co-produced by Paul Rodgers of Free and Bad Company. Tommy’s second album, Cry To The Sky, was produced by Ed Stasium who is best-known for his work with The Ramones, Talking Heads and The Smithereens.

Steve Thompson has written songs for international stars such as Celine Dion, Sara Brightman, Sheena Easton, Elaine Page and Elkie Brooks. He has also enjoyed chart success with his songs ‘Hurry Home’ by Wavelength, ‘I Don’t Want To Be The One’ by The Searchers, and The Tygers Of Pan Tang’s ‘Paris By Air’. He was at the heart of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) in the late 1970s and early 1980s, producing bands such as The Tygers of Pan Tang, Venom and Raven.

Sleepless Nights includes versions of two Steve Thompson songs which were recorded by Elkie Brooks – the hit single ‘The Last Teardrop’, and ‘One of A Kind’ which was featured on her album Close To The Edge.

You can hear Elkie’s version of ‘The Last Teardrop’ HERE…

Caffrey Morrison Thompson’s Sleepless Nights album can be downloaded at It is also possible to purchase individual tracks.


1. Sleepless Nights (Tommy Morrison)

2. I Feel The Same (Phil Caffrey/Tommy Morrison/Steve Thompson)

3. Sleepin’ Train (Tommy Morrison/Steve Thompson)

4. Lovin’ Arms (Steve Thompson)

5. What To Say (Phil Caffrey/Tommy Morrison/Steve Thompson)

6. Go Free (Tommy Morrison)

7. Your Finest Hour (Steve Thompson)

8. Never Say Die (Tommy Morrison/Steve Thompson)

9. You Call The Tune (Tommy Morrison)

10. One Of A Kind (Tommy Morrison/Steve Thompson)

11. Easy Street (Tommy Morrison)

12. The Last Teardrop (Steve Thompson)

13. Let Me Hold You (Steve Thompson)

14. Friday (Phil Caffrey/Steve Thompson)

15. We Don’t All Get To Go To Heaven (Tommy Morrison)

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Boz Scaggs unveils new album, Memphis

May 2, 2013

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Boz Scaggs has released a new studio album, titled Memphis, which was recorded at Willie Mitchell’s legendary Royal Studio in Memphis.

The 12-track album features a number of new songs written by Scaggs plus several cover versions – including his take on ‘Rainy Night in Georgia’ and the country blues classic ‘Corinna, Corinna’.

Guest musicians on the album include Ray Parker Jr. on guitar, Spooner Oldham on keyboards, and the Memphis Horns.

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Bruce Springsteen adds three UK shows in June

May 2, 2013

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Bruce Springsteen has announced three additional UK shows as part of the E Street Band’s Wrecking Ball world tour which has already visited 17 countries worldwide.

He will now play London’s Wembley Stadium on June 15, Glasgow’s Hampden Park on June 18, and the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on June 20.

Meanwhile, watch Springsteen performing ‘Dancing In the Dark’ live in Helsinki last July HERE …

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Roger Waters to bring The Wall back to UK in 2013

May 2, 2013

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Roger Waters is to bring his acclaimed live show The Wall back to the UK later this year, with a performance at Wembley Stadium on September 14, 2013.

“I’ve reworked the show to play outdoors in large stadiums,” says Waters. “I’ve had to rethink the whole thing. This wide wall stadium show couldn’t have been done 40 years ago.”

He added: “It’s even more moving, engaging, dramatic and thrilling than the Arena shows.”

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