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LYRIC WRITING TIPS: 40 Most Common Lyric Writing Mistakes Revealed in New Songwriting Tips Book, “How [Not] To Write Great Lyrics!”

August 24, 2016

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A new book titled “How [Not] To Write Great Lyrics! – 40 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Writing Lyrics For Your Songs” aims to help aspiring songwriters steer clear of the many traps they can easily fall into when writing lyrics for their songs.

Written by experienced music publisher and music consultant Brian Oliver, the book takes a close look at the essential lyrical elements that are consistently found in the structure 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 lyrics.

This new book is the follow-up to Brian Oliver’s five-star rated title: “How [Not] To Write A Hit Song! – 101 Common Mistakes To Avoid If You Want Songwriting Success”.

Written in an easy, non-technical style, “How [Not] To Write Great Lyrics!” identifies many frequent causes of lyrical shortcomings—from common mistakes in the basic construction of song lyrics … to making flawed choices with titles, opening lines, lyrical hooks, verb selection, rhyming patterns, and more.

The book also highlights other causes of lyric writing problems—such as having the wrong mental attitude, not paying enough attention to ‘creative preparation’, and not taking steps to avoid writer’s block.

“How [Not] To Write Great Lyrics!” includes important tips on fixing and strengthening lyrics, along with a comprehensive checklist of more than 100 potential hazards that writers can measure their own lyrics 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 lyrics, so that they can re-work them, make them stronger, and hopefully achieve the breakthrough they’re striving for.

The book’s author Brian Oliver—who has worked with legendary songwriters such as Neil Diamond, Janis Ian, Albert Hammond and Gilbert O’Sullivan—warns that aspiring writers’ chances of success could be hampered if they fail to spend enough time polishing and editing their lyrics and eradicating weaknesses.

Says Oliver: “When a new lyric 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 lyrics,” he says. “If you don’t spend a little more time polishing your lyrics, there is a danger that they may still contain weaknesses that you failed to spot first time around.”

“How [Not] To Write Great Lyrics! – 40 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Writing Lyrics For Your Songs” is now available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other good book stores as a paperback, or as an eBook from Amazon’s Kindle Store, Apple’s iTunes Book Store, Barnes & Noble’s Nook store, and Kobo Books.

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

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Adele reveals new song co-written with Tobias Jesso Jr.

November 17, 2015

ADELEAdele has unveiled a brand new song—titled ‘When We Were Young’—which was co-written with Canadian singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr. The song is taken from Adele’s new album, 25, which is available from November 20.

Jesso’s music has been compared to singer-songwriters of the 1960s and 1970s such as Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson and Emitt Rhodes.

Commenting on teaming up with the 30-year-old Canadian, Adele said: “I loved Tobias Jesso Jr’s song ‘Hollywood’ and I reached out to him when I was working on 25. I say I reached out… I got my manager to contact his manager. I’m pretty behind on social networking culture, I’d have no idea how to do it. Also I didn’t want to ask and have him say, “Absolutely not, I think you’re shit.” At least if my manager asks, he can absorb the rejection and just never tell me. Anyway, he was well up for it.”

And here’s the stunning result of their collaboration…

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GILBERT'S GIFT FRONT COVER - FINALInspired by real events, “Gilbert’s Gift”  tells the story of Gilbert Shilling—a rock star back in the Swinging Sixties—who becomes a living lung donor to save the life of a dying boy he has never met.

“Gilbert’s Gift” is available from Amazon as a US paperback, 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.

You can read a FREE sample of “Gilbert’s Gift” HERE (USA) or HERE (UK).

Les Paul centenary marked with Gibson Les Paul Award at Q Magazine Awards

October 15, 2015

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With this year marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of guitar legend Les Paul, guitar manufacturer Gibson is partnering with Q Magazine to present the Gibson Les Paul Award as part of this year’s Q Awards, which take place on October 19 in London.

The iconic Gibson Les Paul guitar is one of the most famous instruments in rock history and the Gibson Les Paul Award is presented to specially recognise guitar playing and innovation.

Les Paul is named as one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of all time. His innovative talents extended into his playing style – including licks, trills, chording sequences, fretting techniques and timing – which set him apart from his contemporaries and continue to inspire many guitarists today.

During his career he received 36 Gold records, eleven No.1 hits and several Grammy awards, among many other accolades. He was also a pioneer in the development of multi-track recording, over-dubbing and numerous other recording techniques.

Henry Juszkiewicz, Gibson CEO and chairman said: “We’re delighted to be partnering again with Bauer Media and Q Magazine as a supporter of this year’s Q Awards. The Gibson Les Paul Award, salutes innovation, artistry and inspiration in guitar playing and holds even greater prestige in 2015, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Les Paul.”

(Photo: Thomas Faivre-Duboz)

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“Gilbert’s Gift” is available from Amazon as a US paperback, 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.

You can read a FREE sample of “Gilbert’s Gift” HERE (USA) or HERE (UK).

Paul McCartney talks about writing songs with Michael Jackson

October 14, 2015

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To pave the way for a remixed, deluxe edition of his classic album Pipes of Peace, Paul McCartney has released a remix of his 1983 hit with Michael Jackson, ‘Say, Say, Say’, which was originally produced by George Martin. The song became Jackson’s seventh Top 10 hit in a year.

In the video below, McCartney talks to Manic Street Preachers’ frontman James Dean Bradfield about what it was like to write songs such as ‘Say, Say, Say’ with Michael Jackson.

McCartney reveals that the song was written quickly, with Jackson and himself face-to-face around a piano in the former Beatle’s London office.

“It came very easily because I was excited to be writing with him and he was excited to write with me,” said McCartney. “We just popped off each other.”

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“Gilbert’s Gift” is available from Amazon as a US paperback, 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.

You can read a FREE sample of “Gilbert’s Gift” HERE (USA) or HERE (UK). 

James Last’s ‘lost’ America album finally released

July 31, 2013

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James LastA ‘lost album’ by James Last has finally been released – 44 years after it was recorded.

Titled The America Album, it was produced in Hamburg in 1969 specifically for American audiences. The album wasn’t released and disappeared into Polydor’s archives for almost five decades.

The 11-track album has been described as “artistically ambitious” and “ahead of its time”. It features pop and rock-oriented songs by the likes of Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Jimmy Webb, Laura Nyro and Rod McKuen – including classic late-1960s songs such as ‘Wedding Bell Blues’, ‘Sunshine of Your Love’, ‘Lady Lady Lay’ and ‘Ballad of Easy Rider’.

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New Bobby Vinton greatest hits album: ‘The Ultimate Epic Singles Collection’

July 16, 2013

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Bobby Vinton fans are being offered a new 2CD set which contains 40 of his greatest hits, B-sides and cover versions of classic songs from the 1960s. Titled Bobby Vinton – The Ultimate Epic Singles Collection, it is said to be “the most comprehensive Bobby Vinton ‘hits’ package ever released”.

Released on 12 August 2013, the collection features all of his hits, including ‘Roses Are Red (My Love)’, ‘Blue Velvet’, ‘Blue On Blue’ and ‘Mr. Lonely’, along with his take on songs like ‘Take Good Care of My Baby’, ‘Half Way to Paradise’ and ‘Sealed With A Kiss’.

Bobby Vinton, now aged 78, has been called “the most successful love singer of the rock era”. From his first hit record  ‘Roses Are Red (My Love)’ in 1962 through to 1972, he had more Number One singles than any other solo male artist.

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Pink Floyd album seals its place in history

July 15, 2013

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Pink Floyd’s 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon has sealed its place in history by being added to the US Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry.

It is one of 25 “culturally” or “historically” significant recordings being added to the registry this year.

Other classics being preserved include Chubby Checker’s ‘The Twist’ (1960), Simon and Garfunkel’s Sounds of Silence (1966), Saturday Night Fever soundtrack (1977), and the 1949 South Pacific cast album.

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ZZ Top to release 10-album box set

July 14, 2013

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All 10 studio albums recorded by ZZ Top between 1970 and 1990 are to be released in a 100-track deluxe box set titled ZZ Top: The Complete Studio Albums.

The set will begin with ZZ Tops’ First Album (1971) through to 1990’s Recycler. Each album comes in a wallet sleeve featuring the original artwork.

“We’re gratified that the albums from the first 20 years of the band are going to be made available in this set,” said the band in a statement. “We’re especially delighted to note the restoration of ZZ Top’s First Album, Rio Grande Mud and Tejas.”

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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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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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