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SURPRISING RHYMING FOR SONGWRITERS – A new kind of rhyming dictionary launched to make it easier for songwriters to find unique rhymes and avoid clichés …

May 21, 2018

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With more new songs being written every week than ever before, songwriters are finding it harder to sound original and find rhymes and phrases that have not already been used. As singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran recently remarked: “The most difficult thing to do with writing a song is finding a phrase that you haven’t heard before.”

Now, a new kind of rhyming dictionary—titled Surprising Rhyming—aims to make it easier for writers to avoid clichés and craft rhymes that people may not have heard before.

Built on the findings of an in-depth study of the kind of ingenious rhymes used by some of the world’s greatest songwriters and lyricists, Surprising Rhyming offers an astonishing array of thousands of alternative rhyme options. It contains rhyme types that are much broader than those found in traditional rhyming dictionaries which tend to show only ‘perfect’ or ‘true’ rhymes.

Using too many perfect rhymes can sometimes make a lyric or a poem sound tedious and predictable—and prone to clichés. To avoid this, Surprising Rhyming focuses instead on off-the-wall false-rhymes, half-rhymes, slant-rhymes and near-rhymes that are less predictable than exact rhymes—and therefore more likely to surprise an audience.

The book also includes many new words that have been added to standard dictionaries in recent years.

The thousands of ‘surprising’ rhymes crammed into Surprising Rhyming’s 624 pages are based on analyses of the unconventional ‘imperfect’ rhymes that have been used by influential songwriters and lyricists such as: Chuck Berry, David Bowie, Sara Bareilles, James Bay, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Sia Furler, Hozier, Jay-Z, Billy Joel, Carole King, Michael Kiwanuka, John Lennon, Lorde, John Mayer, Joni Mitchell, Paul McCartney, Van Morrison, Bonnie McKee, Randy Newman, Dolly Parton, Christina Perri, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Paul Simon, Stephen Sondheim, Taylor Swift, Cat Stevens, Bernie Taupin, James Taylor, Jimmy Webb, Lucinda Williams, Stevie Wonder … and many more.

The concept of the book was inspired by a remark made by Stephen Sondheim, the legendary Broadway composer and lyricist. In a PBS News Hour interview, Sondheim described how people’s ears have come to expect certain rhymes and suggested that writers should try to fool their audience by coming up with rhymes that will take listeners by surprise.

The ‘surprising’ rhymes listed in this book are typically formed by words with similar but not identical sounds (such as rain/blame or day/late) rather than the more predictable ‘perfect’ rhymes found in traditional rhyming dictionaries (like rain/pain or day/stay).

Surprising Rhyming is a new kind of rhyming dictionary that encourages writers to be more adventurous in their approach to rhyming,” explained the book’s creator and editor, Brian Oliver, author of the five-star rated book How [Not] to Write a Hit Song! 101 Common Mistakes to Avoid If You Want Songwriting Success.

He said: “Many of the cleverest perfect rhymes have been used so many times over the years that they’ve now become tired clichés and writers are struggling to find rhymes or phrases that haven’t been heard before. Surprising Rhyming is designed to enable writers to challenge themselves and make their rhymes bolder and more original … and less predictable.”

The book is laid out clearly to make it quick and easy to find the perfect word to achieve a memorable rhyme. There are separate sections for one-, two-, three- and four-syllable rhymes, along with many useful tips on rhyming.

Surprising Rhyming is available as a paperback from Amazon in the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe.

Read a FREE sample of the book HERE (United States) and HERE (United Kingdom).

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Heartwarming novel ‘Gilbert’s Gift’ tells the uplifting story of a living donor who gifts a lung to save a dying boy he doesn’t know

September 9, 2015

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Inspired by real events, Gilbert’s Gift, the heartwarming new novel by Brian Will Oliver, tells the story of sixtysomething Gilbert Shilling—an aspiring rock star back in the Swinging Sixties—who, against his family’s wishes, decides to donate one of his lungs in a desperate bid to save the life of a dying boy he has never met.

The novel pays tribute to all the courageous individuals who become altruistic living donors—selfless men and women who, while still alive, are willing to donate organs, such as a lung or a kidney, to help save the lives of others.

Against this backdrop, Gilbert’s Gift poses the emotive question:

What would YOU give to save the life of a stranger’s child?

Having given up on his music career long ago, big-hearted Gilbert Shilling is now an ordinary working man leading an ordinary life—just another baby boomer lucky enough to have made it into his sixties in one piece.

Still grieving over the death of his own baby son many years previously, Gilbert is deeply affected when he hears about a 10-year-old boy with cystic fibrosis who desperately needs a double lung transplant. Without the transplant, the child will die within weeks.

Gilbert sees a way of bringing new purpose into his empty existence by volunteering to donate one of his own perfectly healthy lungs to help save the little boy’s life.

Despite warnings that the transplant procedure could hold life-threatening risks for someone of his age, Gilbert insists on going ahead—driven by a determination to help save this little boy after he wasn’t able to save his own son.

With echoes of Nicholas Sparks, Gilbert’s Gift is also a poignant tale about baby boomer love—teenage love in the Swinging Sixties, lost and then found again decades later.

When the tragedy surrounding the lung transplant gains widespread media coverage, it brings Gilbert’s first love back into his life … just when he needs her most. But is she too late?

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Gilbert’s Gift is a moving tale which blends a poignant theme with gentle humour. It is available from Amazon as a US paperback, a UK paperback and as an eBook from Amazon’s Kindle Store. It is also available from Apple’s iTunes Store (Books/Fiction & Literature/Brian Will Oliver), Barnes & Noble’s Nook Store, and from KoboBooks.

A FREE sample of Gilbert’s Gift can be read HERE (USA) or HERE (UK).

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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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Most common songwriting mistakes revealed in new songwriting tips book: “How [Not] To Write A Hit Song!”

March 22, 2013

Book includes expert songwriting tips and advice on how to avoid the most serious songwriting errors that new songwriters tend to make…

A new songwriting tips book titled ‘How [Not] To Write A Hit Song! – 101 Common Mistakes To Avoid If You Want Songwriting Success’ aims to help aspiring writers steer clear of the many songwriting traps that they can easily fall into.

Written by experienced music publisher and music consultant Brian Oliver, the book takes a close look at 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 writers who are just starting out how to avoid such mistakes in their own songs.

Written in an easy, non-technical style, the book identifies frequent causes of songwriting problems – from faults in basic song structure, to having the wrong mental attitude and an unsatisfactory writing environment. From getting the blend of core ingredients wrong, to flawed choices when it comes to titles, melodies, lyrics, hooks, choruses, intros, bridges, pre-choruses – and even the song demo itself.

Now available from Amazon’s Kindle Store and Apple’s iTunes Store, the book sets out to help songwriters and lyricists develop their own unique writing style while avoiding fundamental errors at each key stage in the song development process.

The book includes important tips on fixing and strengthening songs, along with a detailed checklist of 101 common mistakes that writers can measure their own songs against – no matter how ‘finished’ they think their songs are.

Most songwriters have, at some stage, had to endure the disappointment of having their songs rejected and ended up asking: “Could I have done more to make my songs better?”.

This book aims to help writers recognise weaknesses in their songs, so that they can re-work them, make them stronger, and hopefully achieve the breakthrough that they’re striving for.

The book’s author Brian Oliver – who has worked with legendary songwriters such as Neil Diamond, Janis Ian, Albert Hammond, Chip Taylor and Gilbert O’Sullivan – warns that new writers’ chances of success could be hampered if they fail to spend enough time examining their songs and eradicating weaknesses in their songwriting.

Says Oliver: “Someone once said ‘All great songs are unique, but all bad songs are the same’. It’s also true to say that all bad songs share common faults. That’s why this is more of a ‘How Not To’ book rather than just another ‘How To’ book on songwriting.”

Oliver adds: “When a new song idea suddenly hits you – and everything comes together so quickly that the song almost writes itself – it’s very easy to fall into the trap of rushing straight into a studio and recording a demo. You then confidently submit the song to a music company believing it’s the best thing you’ve ever written – only to suffer the agony of having the song rejected.

“Sometimes it’s better just to slow down, take a step back, and re-examine each element of your new song,” he says. “If you don’t spend a little more time polishing it, there is a danger that it may still contain weaknesses that you failed to spot first time around.”

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.

Read a FREE sample of the book HERE (USA) or HERE (UK and Europe).

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

If you’re a songwriter, we also recommend this blog: The Hit Formula.

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The Who’s Pete Townshend to publish memoir ‘Who I Am’ in October

May 9, 2012

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The Who’s Pete Townshend is set to release his long awaited autobiography, titled Who I Am – A Memoir, in both hardcover and eBook form on October 11 2012.

  According to publisher HarperCollins, the book will reveal Townshend’s “most intimate memories”.

  “This book is not a vanity for me,” says Townshend. “It’s an essential rite of passage.”

Find out more and watch a VIDEO about the book HERE …

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Rolling Stones to release 50th anniversary photo book, ‘The Rolling Stones: 50’

March 9, 2012

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The Rolling Stones plan to publish a deluxe ‘photographic autobiography’ as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations.

Titled The Rolling Stones: 50, the photo book will be released on July 12 – exactly 50 years to the day after the band performed their first gig at London’s Marquee Club in 1962.

“This is our story of 50 fantastic years,” said Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts in a joint statement.

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Loretta Lynn book Honky Tonk Girl: My Life In Lyrics published in April

February 5, 2012

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A new autobiography by country music legend Loretta Lynn – titled Honky Tonk Girl: My Life In Lyrics – will be available from 3 April 2012.

It uses her own lyrics to tell the 77-year-old singer’s rags-to-riches story, including the real-life events that inspired classic songs such as ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’, ‘Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’, and ‘I’m a Honky Tonk Girl’.

The book includes a collection of highly personal stories – told in her own words – that provide a deep insight into her life, her influences, and her 50-year career.

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Freddy Cannon publishes autobiography ‘Where the Action Is’

December 22, 2011

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Freddy Cannon, now 72, reveals what it was like to become a teenage star during the early days of rock ‘n’ roll in his new autobiography, titled Where the Action Is.

Cannon scored a number of memorable UK Top 20 hits in the late-1950s and early-1960s, including ‘Tallahassee Lassie’ (1959), ‘Way Down Yonder in New Orleans’ (UK No. 3 in 1960), ‘Palisades Park’ (1962), and ‘Action’ (1965) from the US TV music show Where the Action Is.

His debut album, The Explosive Freddy Cannon, also topped the UK album charts in 1960.

Cannon has written his memoir in collaboration with Mark Bego, the author of 56 other pop and rock biographies on stars such as Elton John, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Billy Joel, and Aretha Franklin.

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Madness frontman Suggs to publish autobiography + New Madness box set released

October 13, 2011

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Madness singer Suggs, aka Graham McPherson, has announced he is working on a memoir of his life and his 35-year career in music.

The as-yet-untitled autobiography is due to be published by Quercus in autumn 2012.

“I hope it will amuse, entertain and be a bestseller in 2012,” said Suggs, who plans to reveal all about his 30 years of Madness.

Meanwhile, a new Madness box set, titled A Guided Tour Of Madness, is now available from Union Square Music. It features 70 classic singles, tracks from all of the band’s albums, and a DVD of their legendary reunion at Madstock ’92.

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Rod Stewart to publish ‘tell-all’ autobiography

October 7, 2011

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Rod Stewart has confirmed he is working on his autobiography and promises to hold nothing back.

“Forget skeletons in the closet; this one’s going to be socks and knickers under the bed,” says Stewart.

The book will tell 66-year-old Stewart’s life story, taking in his early days in The Jeff Beck Group and The Faces, to the present day. He will also talk about his three marriages, his playboy lifestyle, and his romantic conquests.

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