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Steve Douglas - Mon, Feb 4th, 2013 11:08 PM PST
firstly let me wish you a great new year,hope 2012 went out with a bang.
I took your advice and got intouch with the local school,and managed to find a few musicians.unfortunatly even though they were,or seemed keen to look at my lyrics, none of them have been back in contact regarding actually looking at them.I was thinking of putting them out there via the web is this a smart thing to do? Many thanks.
Hi Steve - An A+ to you for putting in the time and energy to make the contacts! Sometimes it takes a few tries to find the right people. Online, here are a couple suggestions. TAXI has a good Forum with a Collaboration Corner section where you'll find some serious, dedicated songwriters/musicians/co-writers: http://forums.taxi.com/collaboration-corner-f30.html?sid=9c826b43fc0044ff773b7a96474f0197 You don't have to be a TAXI member to use the forum. You can also try The Muses Muse web site http://www.musesmuse.com. They have a large message board where you might find what you're looking for.
Good luck! - Robin
Robert Proulx - Thu, Jan 3rd, 2013 1:54 PM PST
Interesting. I've had title ideas for songs but never had any idea how to turn it into an actual song. Now I have some idea and will read more later. Thank you.
Glad to hear it, Robert! Thanks for leaving a note. Good luck to you. - Robin
Melanie Jackson-Cracchiolo - Tue, Dec 4th, 2012 6:49 PM PST
I had to stop by and say hello. I haven't seen you for so long. I hope you are doing well. I've been teaching and my husband and I did a CD that was nominated for a Latin Grammy and sponsored by the California Arts Council (before it got cut). Now I teach a Jazz History class at a community college and my husband is lead trumpet for Tower of Power.
Wishing you the best always Robin.
Walter Grund - Sun, Dec 2nd, 2012 3:09 PM PST
Hi Robin (from Germany), my daughter and me attended the Rally last year and bought your 2nd book (that you signed); I - or should I say "we" keep on writing besides school and daytime job and your book is very inspirational! Thanks!
P.S.: Concerning your newsletter theme "Holiday season", here's "Travelling Girl" youtube.com/watch?v=kSmSJEXW5f4
ashley - Tue, Nov 20th, 2012 11:48 AM PST
its hard to start a song could you give me ideas.
Hi Hannah-there are lots of ideas for starting a song here on my web site. Read the step-by-step guide here: http://www.robinfrederick.com/write.html. If you want even more info, try my book, Shortcuts to Hit Songwriting. It's available at Amazon and is full of ideas and tips for writing and rewriting songs. Good luck to you! - Robin
Bob Thackara - Fri, Nov 9th, 2012 1:08 PM PST
There are 3 reasons I am writing you. 1)A musical screenplay I have nearly finished needs a co-writer/rewriter. If you would like to explore co-writing or if you know a screenwriter who might have interest, I can e-mail you an excerpt and an mp3 of a film-ready song, I arranged, It is one of the onscreen performance songs in the screenplay.
2) The second reason I am writing you is because you work/worked at Rhino. Rhino has music for young people. Some of my screenplay is set in a 5th grade classroom and includes an educational song that 50 school teachers/year request from me. 3) The third and silly reason I am writing you is because you have a CD entitled,"Water Falls Down". I have a CD entitled Waterfall Sunrise".
Hi Bob - Thanks for visiting! I'm afraid I'm not able to do any theater collaborations these days but good luck with your project! Rhino's children's division - Kid Rhino - is unfortunately no longer in existence. - Robin
frank martin - Sun, Oct 21st, 2012 9:26 AM PDT
I JUST GOT "SHORTCUTS TO WRTING FOR FILM AND TV" .WHERE DO YOU FIND TIME TO WRITE SUCH THOROUGHLY AND GENEROUSLY INFORMATIVE STUFF AND STILL HAVE TIME TO WRITE ,PRODUCE, PERFORM AND DO TAXI AT THE SAME TIME ? I SAY YOU'VE GONE EXPONENTIAL ON THE "SPLIT PERSONALITY " IDEA IN YOUR BOOK !! THANKS FOR A GREAT BOOK , ITS HELPING ME SO MUCH !!!!
I am so HAPPY to hear it! Thanks for visiting my Guestbook and leaving a message! It means a lot to me. - Robin
KARLA VEGA - Sat, Oct 20th, 2012 12:03 PM PDT
I LOVE "Shortcuts to hit Songwriting"!!! Thank you, Thank you!!!
Thanks, Karla! You made my day! :-) BTW, if you'd like to leave a customer review at Amazon.com, it would be a huge help. Keep the songs flowing! - Robin
James Butler - Mon, Oct 8th, 2012 6:16 AM PDT
Hello Robin, I am a new songwriter just starting out. I purchased your book and have already used your tips to get started on my first song. I will be writing Contemporary Christian Rock songs.
Hi James - I'm so glad to hear my book has been helpful! All the best to you. - Robin
Paula - Wed, Sep 5th, 2012 3:03 AM PDT
Bruce 'Brewster' Fursman at FolkOmnibus was Support Band to Nick Drake at the Goodwill to All pub, 4 October 1969. He now has a website with interesting pictures at
folkomnibus.webeden. co. uk. Has anyone else heard the Audio documentary by Ben Price, about Nick Drake? It has a section of Bruce Fursman being interviewed about the Gig with Nick Drake at the Goodwill to All Pub. Seems impossible to find any information about it online.
Jorgen Olsen - Sun, Sep 2nd, 2012 2:27 PM PDT
Are you planning to place your video on YouTube of you singing "The Heart in Motion?"
Hi Jorgen - I went looking for the video but was unable to find a copy anywhere. I lost a lot of my tapes and videos in one of the big Malibu fires a few years ago and it looks like this was among them. - Robin
Fiona Claire Kiriakidis - Wed, Jul 18th, 2012 10:20 PM PDT
Hi robin, I love your songwriting tips and how they merge practicalities with ways to access our creativity. I am a singer/songwriter and counsellor and am running a songwriting workshop in Melbourne Australia. Can I get your permission to use some of your tips and ideas, of course I will credit them to you, regards, Fiona Claire
Hi Fiona - I'll contact you via email to follow up. Good luck with your workshops! - Robin
CLINTON R. LEFORT - Wed, Jul 18th, 2012 11:51 AM PDT
I get your newsletter monthly,now for a couple of years. I have both your books. I've been writing songs since my USC days with Jack Smalley, Leonard Rosenman and Elmer Bernstein there. Now I'm trying my had more towards commercial country. Your Shortcut #76 is a gold mine in itself. Just that one top has helped me so much.
I hope you and TAXI will come out with more "SEQUELS" to your two books. IT SEEMS EVERYTIME I WANT TO "HANG UP THE TOWEL" SOMTHING GOOD COMES TO FORE, AND IT IS USUALLY BY READING YOUR BOOKS AND LIFTING MY SPIRIT A LITTLE.
CLINTON R. LEFORT
Greg Pai - Fri, Jul 6th, 2012 5:06 AM PDT
Thoroughly enjoying your book on Shortcuts .... Songwriting which I purchased on amazon. Was wondering if you had an electronic version which I could keep handy on my iPad where I do most of my reading. Thank you!
Hi Greg - Unfortunately, the publisher is not planning to release it as an e-book. Try this - think of it more as a workbook. Don't read it at the beach or in a Starbucks. Instead, keep it near your guitar or keyboard and read one shortcut, listen to the referenced songs, and then try writing a verse & chorus. Get the information in your hands and in your head. Good luck! - Robin
Tom Conway - Mon, Jul 2nd, 2012 8:05 PM PDT
Hi Robin - Your books are incredible! I just finished a new album using your tips - what a difference! I'm one of those guys who's prior releases focused on virtuoso instrumentals that went nowhere commercially. I have learned so much from you - Mahalo & Aloha from Maui. Tom Conway
Yay!!! I'm so happy for you! Thanks for letting me know. Btw, if you ever feel like leaving a review just like this at Amazon - I would sure appreciate it! :-)
Lance Gehl - Tue, Jun 26th, 2012 9:50 AM PDT
It was so nice to meet you at last years rally ! Hope to see you again this year - Lance Gehl
I'll be there! Please come by and say hello. - Robin
Noga - Mon, Jun 11th, 2012 4:57 AM PDT
I'm living outside UsA , it's possible to buy your Ebook ?
Hi Noga - My books are available internationally from Amazon.com. Unfortunately the publisher isn't planning to put them out as ebooks. - Robin
Jessica Prozinski - Sun, Jun 10th, 2012 8:22 PM PDT
Thanks so much for this website! I read it in January after I made a New Year's resolution to start writing songs. Since then I've written about 20, basically doing everything you said. Very on point and helpful, thank you!--Jessica
I'm so happy to hear it! Good luck to you! - Robin
Steve Douglas - Sat, Jun 9th, 2012 5:35 AM PDT
Thankyou for your reply,the comments are well appreciated. Thanks
Steve Douglas - Thu, Jun 7th, 2012 2:54 AM PDT
Hi,again.I'm having problems with the collaborator part,i knew a club singer but she has since moved away,and there is a guy near me with his own studio.But i've heard his previous work and i dont think it's what i'm looking for,there's also a trust issue and the fact that he charges for everything.Any tips on finding someone suitable,or is it just a matter of trial and error?I was also wondering if you knew of any sites or information like yours here in England. Many Thanks.
Hi Steve - Try the music department at a local university or college. Also, music stores frequently offer guitar or piano lessons - talk with the teacher, see if he/he can offer any suggestions. If you have access to Facebook, you can read my complete article on collaboration here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/robin-frederick/song-collaboration-make-it-work/1 0150939221687022. Good luck! - Robin
Adams ELisha - Thu, May 10th, 2012 1:51 AM PDT
I always have the words but how to put them together to become a song is always my problem. Can you help with that? thank you.
Hi Adams - Try putting your words into the same form as a ht song you like. Use the same number of lines in your verse and chorus. Put your rhymes in the same places. When you're ready to write a melody, you can either find a co-writer to work with or use this tip on my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150326251332022 Good luck!
Steve Douglas - Sun, Apr 29th, 2012 4:12 AM PDT
hi,just wanted to say that i found your site very useful,i've been interested in writing of all kinds for many years,from short storys to poetry.And the latter got me started writing lyrics.There is however over here in blighty a shortfall in any type of help or advice for anyone looking for some guidence in this particular area.So a big thankyou for your site,your help and guidence in what seems to be a rather hush,hush secret little society. Thankyou.
Carol Rhea - Fri, Apr 27th, 2012 7:00 AM PDT
Would like to find a CD or Download of the song "Just You and Me, Kid. My daughter and I loved this time we had together. Would love to have this for her wedding. Somebody help!!
Hi Carol - I'm so happy to hear you and your daughter have such fond memories of my song. As far as I know, there's no CD or download of the song. The only place it's available is on VHS tapes of the show. You can usually find them on Ebay. Here's a YouTube video of a broadcast. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-m_N5DXjxE The quality is poor but you can check out the song - it's short. It was just a theme song. Good luck! - Robin
Darryl Weller - Wed, Apr 18th, 2012 10:40 AM PDT
We met years ago and spent some hours together. You gave me the cd Water Falls Down which I hear now and then and keeps me thinking of you.
Tonight I looked up your website to thank you and found the great article on Nick. I am sitting here listening you both with tears in my eyes.
We are still in Munich and should you be coming this way, please visit.
Thank you for what you've give us all.
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