creative workshop ad
creative workshop email

RSSIn Case You Haven’t Heard

George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” Copyright Case

George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” Copyright Case

| February 10, 2015 | 14 Comments

On Jan. 10, 1971 Bright Tunes Music filed a copyright infringement case against George Harrison for the similarities of “My Sweet Lord” to Ronnie Mack’s “He’s So Fine.”

Continue Reading

Happy Birthday, Carole King!

Happy Birthday, Carole King!

| February 9, 2015 | 5 Comments

A rare interview with Carole King on the role of a songwriter, writing for commerce versus art, and the story behind “Natural Woman.”

Continue Reading

Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!

Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!

| December 9, 2014 | 1 Comment

On Dec. 9, 1965 ‘Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown’ became synonymous with the holiday when “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and its Vince Guaraldi soundtrack aired for the first time.

Continue Reading

Happy Birthday, Tom Waits!

Happy Birthday, Tom Waits!

| December 7, 2014 | 6 Comments

Quotes and quips from Tom Waits, who is as much of a character as any of the hundreds of freaks, carnies and salvation seekers populating his songs.

Continue Reading

Happy Birthday, Randy Newman

Happy Birthday, Randy Newman

| November 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

An Interview with Randy Newman on his approach to songwriting and the stories behind his songs Political Science, Redneck, Short People, God’s Song, and more.

Continue Reading

Beatles’ White Album Turns 46

Beatles’ White Album Turns 46

| November 22, 2014 | 2 Comments

On Nov. 22, 1968 the Beatles released their 9th official album, the 2-record, 30-song masterpiece known as the White Album.

Continue Reading

Happy Birthday, Neil Young!

Happy Birthday, Neil Young!

| November 12, 2014 | 4 Comments

Neil Young’s interview with Performing Songwriter magazine accompanied by classic photos by Henry Diltz and the stories behind them.

Continue Reading

Sesame Street Turns 45

Sesame Street Turns 45

| November 10, 2014 | 3 Comments

Performing Songwriter picks 12 favorite musical guest spots to celebrate Sesame Street’s anniversary since the first episode aired on PBS on November 10, 1969.

Continue Reading

Happy Birthday Bonnie Raitt!

Happy Birthday Bonnie Raitt!

| November 8, 2014 | 8 Comments

To celebrate Bonnie birthday, songwriters John Prine, Karla Bonoff, Richard Thompson, Chris Smither, Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin tell us how she has impacted their lives.

Continue Reading

Happy birthday, Joni Mitchell!

Happy birthday, Joni Mitchell!

| November 7, 2014 | 4 Comments

November 7, 1943 gave the world one of the most influential singer-songwriters of the 20th Century when Roberta Joan Anderson was born in Alberta, Canada. A few years later her family moved to the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where she attended public schools and lucked out in having what she called “one radical teacher who drew out […]

Continue Reading