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Dave's incredible adventure into the forbidden land of songwriting


Book Reviews

Books I’ve read in an effort to learn about songwriting . Here I review them and give you my honest opinion

The Creative Wound – Mark Pearce

I’ve just finished this little gem of a book. Aimed with all creative people in mind, I devoured my nicely designed copy, swathed in matt varnish, during a single day, choosing to read it firmly from the perspective of amateur… Continue Reading →

31 Songs by Nick Hornby

Price: £8.95 Lets get things straight from the start with this one, it is not a book about songwriting. But its attraction for me as an apprentice songwriter was that it offered the potential of an insight into why people… Continue Reading →

The Songwriting Secrets Of The Beatles – Dominic Pedler

Cost: £27.99 My lasting impression of this one is that it is a ‘heavy book’ – in both senses. At 800 pages in hardback, it’s a big one and it weighs a ton but more importantly, it is an intense read…. Continue Reading →

Songwriters Playground – Barbara L. Jordan

Cost: £6.99 As soon as I  opened this book I realised it was not aimed at me. There is so little content, you could read the entire book in less than half an hour. It could just be my personal… Continue Reading →

Writing Better Lyrics – Pat Pattison

Cost: £12.99 This was a ‘sit down and devour it’  kind of book for me. Long stints spent eagerly gobbling up page after page meant I finished the entire book in a couple of days. And when I was finished,… Continue Reading →

Isle Of Noises – Conversations With Great British Songwriters – Daniel Rachel

Cost: £25.00   This book’s certainly not a technical manual for songwriters. It offer no insights into technique, structure or approach. But I wasn’t expecting that. What I was expecting was a little inspiration. And when I read this book… Continue Reading →

Lyrics – Writing Better Words For Your Songs by Rikky Rooksby

Cost £16.95   I’ve read piles of books on songwriting over the last year or so and this is truly one of my favourites.
It is very easy to digest and packed with little gems but offers so much more than… Continue Reading →

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