Carol - Thu, Aug 19th, 2010 9:58 PM PDT
looking for lyrics from closing song of disney show you and me kid. internet suggest theme song is "Just You and Me, Kid" by Robin Fredrick.
Hi Carol - Yes, I wrote the theme song "Just You and Me, Kid." It's been a long time and I actually don't remember the lyrics past the first couple of lines. ("Just you and me, Kid / We're quite a pair") I have them in a box somewhere but can't promise I'll be able to find them. If you need them, check out Amazon.com or eBay. You should be able to buy a used VHS in good condition. You can get the lyrics off of that. (Actually, I should probably do that myself!) If I find them, I'll post them here in the guestbook and send them to you. - Robin
Buddy Davy - Thu, Aug 19th, 2010 12:11 PM PDT
This is amazing, just the kind of knowledge we have been looking for.Me my wife and daughter of 15 are into making songs for our daughter. the tips we find here are what were were looking for. I am untrained but have composed lyrics and music aswell.
thanks for this great opportunity to learn to be a good sing writer... buddy
Jijen Sherlin - Thu, Aug 19th, 2010 11:19 AM PDT
Greetings from India. I was browsing for a website to get details on 'HOW TO WRITE A SONG'. Thank God I found this site full of useful resources and step by step tips on writing the song.
I just love this site. I am gonna be a regular visitor on this site here after.
Keith Bowen - Tue, Aug 10th, 2010 10:09 AM PDT
Thanks very much for creating this site. I am a musician,singer/songwriter who has been active with music for over 30 years. When I first started writing songs as a teen it seemed to come easily, but as the years past I found myself drying up and playing in cover bands just to make a buck. Now, I want to rediscover my first love,songwriting. I am excited to try some of the tecniques you have mentioned to get started. My hope is that will spark the creative nature in me again.
juliet - Sat, Aug 7th, 2010 4:52 AM PDT
I have gone thru your articles and found it interesting. Please, i would like to know what book is really more helpful for learning how to write a song. Reading your article, i could only sight a book by john Braheny. What are the contents of this book how helpful is it? Is it available in Italy as well?
Hi Juliet - That article is based on my book "Shortcuts to Hit Songwriting" which you might find useful. You can buy it at any Amazon store online. There are some addit'l books on the Resources page on this web site. - Robin
Ken Lehnig - Fri, Aug 6th, 2010 5:46 PM PDT
I just read your wonderful article and I wonder if I could re-post your article on our site songwritersmarketplace.com. It would help to sell your book and give us some great content.
I would of course link back to your site and to any other site you would like. I won't post your article without your permission.
Hi Ken - Thanks for asking for permission to use my article. I've emailed you with info. Nice looking web site you've got! - Robin
Ralph Schuckett - Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010 5:54 PM PDT
Hi Robin-- I think we met years ago when I was an A&R guy at Colombia Records '89 thru '92. I just wanted to thank you for the potential students you've sent my way. One of them showed me your book & I was impressed by how succinct & well organized it was. It would be useful on many levels, not only for beginners, but for pros who want to improve their craft. Congratulations on a job well done. I'd love to meet you sometime over coffee or a good meal to talk shop & catch up (My treat). Thanks again, & I hope you're having a great summer. Ralph Schuckett
Ted Allen - Tue, Jul 13th, 2010 1:25 PM PDT
I've been writing songs for over twenty years, and a TAXI member for about 8 or 9. I just watched your excellent interview with Michael Laskow and had to leave a comment here. I consider myself fairly well-versed in songwriting techniques, but you shared a lot of invaluable information that I had never heard elsewhere.
I also checked out your site, and it is wonderful. I really like the way you break down current hits, and even point out where they could be stronger.
Just wanted to say thanks for all the help and inspiration.
Matt Shockley - Tue, Jun 22nd, 2010 11:10 PM PDT
I find your work/thought processes very inspiring and helpful. I stumbled upon your site somehow in Google. - Go figure. haha. Anyways, I often write a TON of uncompleted pieces (hooks, chorus's, sometimes whole songs minus the 2nd verse). I DO complete songs on occasion very quickly and others after many months and sometimes years. I find that my struggle tends to be the same every time and I was wondering if you could help. It seems that my musical hooks, melodies, and even lyrical ideas are strong, However, after I end up writing most of the song out of sheer inspiration, I then find myself getting stuck and asking finally "What is this song even about?" I don't know if its a fear of commitment to the initial idea that keeps me from trying to answer that question from the beginning or the thought of not wanting to plan it out but rather just see where this idea takes me. SO, I personally feel like I may not understand plot development or themes very well except that I do KNOW when I get them right. I'll admit I'm incredibly ADD when it comes to analyzing lyrics and even when reading so understanding the main idea over just noticing all the details has always been a struggle. Do you have any ideas or suggestions that could help me write from a thematic or structured plot or even take a song that I'm stuck on to re-work it so that it has depth and actually goes somewhere?
Hi Matt - I know exactly what this feels like. I've been there! Just today I tweeted about laying out a "song map" to act as a guide. You can also create a "lyric development path" to guide you through your whole song. Write from the title using questions to lead you. While I'm always concerned about pushing my book on people, it really does describe several solutions to this problem, like the two I just mentioned. You might want to buy it at Amazon.com. Good luck! - Robin
Casper Castello - Sat, Jun 12th, 2010 1:59 PM PDT
After writing songs for 15 years, published and aired this book is the best i've ever read on the subject.
I did a song following your steps as strictly as i could and it worked! Just got a call from a major management because of that song.
Way to go!!! Thanks for letting me know! - Robin
Thanks and greetings from Denmark!
Sue - Thu, May 27th, 2010 4:06 AM PDT
I hope this is the site of the writer of "Just You and Me Kid.
My son is getting married this summer and I am trying to get a copy of the song for his wedding. The song was and still is "our" song. I hope you can help me.
Hi Sue - Yes, you found the right person! I did write that song for the Disney Channel. What a wonderful idea to use it as a Mother/Son wedding dance. I love it!
Unfortunately I don't have a copy of the recording myself and, to my knowledge, it has never been released on a CD of any kind. However, at Amazon, there are episodes of the show "Just You and Me Kid" available on VHS. Each includes, I think, four episodes. You could take the audio out of the VCR and record the song on to cassette or into your computer where you could then burn it to CD. Just be aware that it's a short song. I think the longest version runs about a minute. Hope that helps! - Robin
Jonathan Boyd - Tue, May 18th, 2010 12:49 AM PDT
I've perused a lot of sites claiming to offer advice for songwriters, but rarely found material like what you offer. You don't burden the reader with fluff or excessive references to your own music or book, and you offer very practical advice.
Recently I began working on a folk/singer-songwriter sort of project with a friend, and I'm glad to say that your insight has helped me with writing lyrics that don't meander (a big problem of mine), given me a better understanding of song structure, and spurred me to begin writing in earnest.
More specifically, the idea of choosing a title first has done wonders. Gone are the half-formed, amorphous ideas I used to come up with. With a title firmly in my mind, the direction of the song is clear and I can proceed where I need to go. It's such a simple bit of advice, but it was a revelation to me, the king of aimless lyrics.
Thank you, and shoot me an email if you know of any good folk in Austin, Texas.
Travis Winn - Fri, May 14th, 2010 11:23 AM PDT
I really liked your site. I liked how it wasn't just filled with ads, just a few tastefully placed book recommendations and I also liked how you are hones tand it is simple. So many websites these days are just filled with garbage, I think it's really killing the web.
Keep up the good work!
Finished my first dance music album (took two years including a course from SAE Institute on Electronic Music Producer) and was on your site for ideas into writing pop songs, thanks!
phyllis wright - Mon, May 10th, 2010 2:10 AM PDT
Fredrick. First of all, I want to say thank you for succeeding,looking and reaching back, to help other song writers. You are an answer to my prayers. Thank you for letting your light shine so that we can see the steps we need to take to succeed. Second, my ultimate goal is to write songs, but my secondary goal is to get paid as soon as possible for my lyric.
rosa lewis - Fri, Apr 30th, 2010 5:07 PM PDT
i love your tips on writing a song. i find them to be very helpful. i will continue to try and learn how to use your techniques. please pray for me that i get my gospel tunes in order.
Christina - Fri, Apr 9th, 2010 12:50 PM PDT
I am so glad I found this site...I definately fall in that 3 or 4 progression pattern with my guitar,but I have written over 800 songs...some recorded by newcomers,most just sitting in a box.Trying to learn how to update them.I was always a traditional country writer...but traditional
country doesn't work anymore,todays music is much more
complicated...I think I need to find a darn good guitar
picker as a partner..What do you think?
Owen - Thu, Apr 8th, 2010 12:54 PM PDT
I came across your site due to my love for Nick Drake.
Your wonderful article is much appreciated.
Then I found your "You have a poet's soul...",
Oh my... there are no words dear lady!
Bless you always,
Bob Lingenfelter - Tue, Mar 30th, 2010 10:42 AM PDT
Robin, as always great website...love working with you in SongU. I also love all the tips you give everyday on Facebook...we are blessed to have you and your ideas are awesome...
Morgan - Fri, Mar 19th, 2010 5:10 AM PDT
Hey. I am 15 and I write lyrics alot. My friends say my previous song I've written is awesome. then I actually got dared to send it in to a record company or whatever to see what would happen. I'm actually wanting to do it because I'd love to hear the opinon of someone who knows music alot better than my friends. is there anyway you can help me contact a record company that could use my song for another band to see? thanks so much.
Hi Morgan - I'm afraid I don't have a good answer for you. Record labels and publishers don't accept what are called "unsolicited submissions." But here are some ideas: See if you can get a local band to record it for you, then enter it in a contest like the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Post it at Garageband.com and get feedback there, or get the opinion of a pro like John Braheny (www.johnbraheny.com). None of these options is totally free but they don't cost much. You'll need a recording of the song no matter what you do so look for some help with that first. And have fun! - Robin
Lena - Sat, Mar 13th, 2010 2:24 AM PST
Hi i was wondering if you can give me some tips on how a verse and chorus should look like..thank you:)
Hi Lena - Just take a look at lyrics for hit songs in the style you're writing in. There are plenty available on the Internet for free. Try using the Ghost Song technique I recommend in my article "Notes on Songwriting." That should help. - Robin
Nick Hinton - Thu, Feb 18th, 2010 1:07 AM PST
Hi Robin. I just wanted to stop by to read your piece about Nick Drake, something I do from time to time. His music has completely changed my life, and steered me towards a life of creating music.
I was also fortunate today to listen to your songs on your site, and I would like to say that I really enjoyed them. I would like to say your style is classic, but that doesn't do the songs enough justice. It is a style all your own, but you can hear your knowledge of songwriting in there too. I'm off to Amazon to see if I can get a CD of your work!
Thank you for all that you're sharing.
Kind regards, Nick Hinton
Martha Ramirez - Tue, Feb 16th, 2010 5:50 PM PST
Thank you so much for creating this site! I always wanted to learn more about songwriting! LOVE it.
Glenn - Wed, Feb 10th, 2010 10:21 AM PST
I love this website. It has helped me so much.
Marlena Jenkins - Wed, Feb 3rd, 2010 6:47 PM PST
Hi my name is Marlena Jenkins and I am 14 years old and I have written 28 songs. I am still in the process of learning guitar but can play many Taylor Swift songs. Now not all of my songs are over 2 minutes but I have some pretty good song lyrics and well, songs. I was going to ask your advice. I wrote two songs and both are pretty good well one is shorter than the other
but I am thinking about submitting 1 to a contest to meet Justin Beiber. But I was wondering should I? The reason is is because I am planning on becoming a singer soon and I don't want anybody to be able to steal my song title or lyrics if I enter them. I recently just thought about that. It's fine if i don't win because since i live in Music City, USA you see alot of country music artists whether it's @ a concert or Sonic, you meet alot of people.
I wrote in a letter last summer to the Bluebird Cafe describing myself and my dream. Never got an answer back, but I'm not giving up. I know this is a pretty long winded description but I just was wondering about that copyright stuff so people won't steal any of my songs, ideas or dream. The deadline for the contest is February 19, 2010. Today is February 3rd 2010. So if you could let me know about copyright/your opinion, or give me any music buisness tips that would be great! Cool website.
Thanks -- Marlena Jenkins
Hi Marlena - You're asking a good question. Copyrighting your songs before you submit them to a contest or play them in public (like at the Bluebird Cafe) is a good idea. You can find out all about how to copyright your songs and fill out the form (Form CO) online at the Copyright Office web site: http://www.copyright.gov. Read the FAQ which is really helpful and will answer a lot of your questions. Use the instruction sheet when you fill out Form CO.
It costs $35 to submit the Copyright form online but you can list all 28 of your songs on the same form so be sure to do that. You'll probably need some help from an adult to fill out the form and pay the fee. You'll need to upload your songs as mp3s so they have them on file along with the form. Just a rough recording of your lyrics and melody is all they need. Your songs will be protected from the moment the Copyright Office receives them.
You might not be able to do all this before Feb 19. If you are only submitting one song to the contest, then you only have to copyright that one for now. Talk with your parents about what you want to do and see if they can give you some advice, okay? Good luck to you! -- Robin
Soula - Wed, Feb 3rd, 2010 6:40 PM PST
Great site!! I'm glad you don't use ego as others do...
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