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Lydia Hutchinson

Lydia founded Performing Songwriter magazine in 1993 and served as the publisher and editor until folding the print version in 2009. She now oversees Performing Songwriter Enterprises, the website, and produces creative workshops with hit songwriters.

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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.”

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Felice and Boudleaux Bryant

Felice and Boudleaux Bryant

| January 14, 2015 | 19 Comments

Behind the legendary songwriting duo of such classics as “Wake Up Little Susie,” “Bye Bye Love,” “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” “Love Hurts” and “Rocky Top.”

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Stephen Foster

Stephen Foster

| January 13, 2015 | 4 Comments

The story of America’s first professional songwriter, Stephen Foster, who penned such classics as “Oh! Susanna,” “My Old Kentucky Home,” and “Beautiful Dreamer.”

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2015 Creative Workshops Videos

| January 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Filling Our Cup

Filling Our Cup

| December 11, 2014 | 12 Comments

Simply by being alive, most of us live in service to those around us. And as we give of ourselves, we have to remember to fill our cups back up so we don’t run dry.

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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.

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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.

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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 […]

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Oz Anniversary: Behind Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Oz Anniversary: Behind Somewhere Over the Rainbow

| November 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

The story behind The Wizard Of Oz’s classic theme “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” written by Harold Arlen and Yip Harbug, and performed by Judy Garland.

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The Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand”

The Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand”

| October 21, 2014 | 2 Comments

On October 17, 1963, the Beatles were in Abbey Road studios to record “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” a song written by Lennon and McCartney in response to their manager, Brian Epstein, asking them to write something for the American market which they had yet to break into.

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