Berty Hern - Wed, Feb 3rd, 2010 6:14 AM PST
I just came across your site by accident. it is a real honest breath of fresh air for any body with this healthy hobby at heart. "Congratulations and I applaud you". I have been writing songs now for over 30 years purely as a hobby. I would like though to correspond with somebody who would like to collaborate by supplying mostly lyrics that would suit some of my unfinished compositions. If you have any willing contacts I would be thrilled.
Neil McTavish - Tue, Feb 2nd, 2010 8:55 AM PST
I just wanted to thank you for everything you do for beginning songwriters. I really enjoy your email and your song analysis. I attended your song analysis class at the Taxi convention with my 14 year old daughter (my cowriter!). Your joyful presentation and speaking style really brought the subject to life. I loved your tips and methods on how to analyze songs. It really inspired me and my daughter and made us realize that "we can do this"! Thanks again!
Alfred Earl - Mon, Feb 1st, 2010 11:40 PM PST
Thank you. I have really read some valueable tips today.
Thanks again and GOD BLESS.
Alfred Earl - Mon, Feb 1st, 2010 10:42 PM PST
I have been reading a lot about you from Taxi, but still not read your book. I tried to buy the same by looking around book shops but could not find a copy.
I have been writing poetry from 14 years old, and wrote some songs and had them done in Nashville. One of the songs
is "Dont Suffer The Loss Of Your Soul" this song speaks about corruption, terror and drugs. I am a sailor and sailed around this globe many times, from what I have seen
it is true.
Thanks and GOD BLESS.
Keith Elder - Thu, Jan 21st, 2010 7:25 PM PST
Your book is great, Robin! Has it all.
Bob Pridgen - Tue, Jan 12th, 2010 4:02 PM PST
I got your book yesterday and finished it today. I just couldn't put it down. I still have the exercises to do. I had no idea there were so many rules, but they seem pretty simple.
I wanted to let you know about Audacity. It is freeware software - like Pro Tools but easier to use, for me anyway.
I put the URL in and it didn't like that. You can google it though.
I am 56 and have been playing guitar since I was 14. I have written several songs that I was never completely satisfied with. Now I can fix them up. I had no idea there were books on songwriting (Duh!). I got a music book from Amazon and they recommended your book. So I bought it right away.
I took a 4 part harmonic writing class in 1985, with that knowledge and your book, there is no stopping me now.
Thanks for writing the book, it is awesome!
Bob from Boise, Idaho
Annonymous - Sun, Jan 10th, 2010 12:47 PM PST
Hi, great explaination will take your recommendations on writing a story on board.
john anker - Mon, Jan 4th, 2010 11:22 AM PST
love your book.i write lyrics only and have about ten songs.i am in the copyright process but find this confusing(i'm a simple guy)do you have any tips? i plan on entering the song of the year contest .i want to join ascap and taxi.should this be done after the copyright? thanks so much for your time..john.
Hi John - If you only have lyrics you can copyright those using Form CO. Just go to the web site of the copyright office - http://www.copyright.gov - and follow the directions for Form CO. I do recommend copyrighting your lyrics before submitting them to contests. You don't need to join ASCAP until you have a song that's being played on radio, TV, or performed on stage. Unfortunately TAXI doesn't have pitching ops for lyrics only. Consider getting together with a collaborator who can write melodies for your lyrics. Good luck!- Robin
Kate Northrop - Mon, Jan 4th, 2010 4:32 AM PST
Hi Robin! I am currently reading (and using!) your book, and I just want to tell you it's wonderful! I write lyrics in English for the European market, where simplicity of language is of essence and clichés are unfortunately rampant. I love your approach of mixing poetic language with explanation (shortcut 60)! It makes creative imagery more accesable for non-native speakers.
Yay!!! That's a great idea! Thanks for letting me know, Kate. - Robin
Thanks & best wishes, Kate
Ambassador Charlie Ray - Tue, Dec 29th, 2009 12:13 PM PST
You're providing valuable infomation. This site is great.
Ambassador Charlie Ray
sandra krof - Mon, Dec 28th, 2009 5:08 AM PST
Thank you Robin. Loved your heartfelt and wise piece on Nick Drake. A lady that knows her craft. Thank you for sharing it.
Viggo Thompson - Wed, Dec 9th, 2009 9:52 PM PST
I'm 65 years old and have enjoyed most genres of music all my life. I don't sing nor do I play and instrument. Song lyics have always fasinated me. Some of the songs I enjoy the most seem to have the most basic lyics,,, I'm always amazed at how great of a story a song with simple straight forward lyics can tell.
I viewed several other web sites on song writing,,, but I keep coming back to this one. I am going to attempt to write the lyics for my first song,,,,, any tips?????
Hi Viggo - I think it's wonderful that you're going to try your hand at a lyric. good for you! There are lots of tips on this site. Check out mr Songwriting Tips page or the Songwriter's Sandbox, plus I give lots of tips on my Twitter page which are carried right here on my home page. But the best tip is to write about something you caer about and keep listeners in mind - try to make them feel what you feel. - Robin
Fame - Thu, Dec 3rd, 2009 5:48 AM PST
I love you. This is going to start my songwriting/performing career.
M.E. Reich - Tue, Nov 24th, 2009 4:29 PM PST
I live in Hawaii and met you at the 2008 Taxi Road Rally where I purchased your book. I also posted a picture of the two us on my MySpace page taken when I made that purchase.
I want to say thank you for all the valuable information that you presented in your book. As a result of your tips, I took second place in the Kauai Music Festival this year and have just released a Christmas song,found at kailuachristmas.com featuring a local recording artist, Anita Hall. I hope you and your readers can take a moment to check out my song and would welcome any comments and/or forwards.
Thank you again and happy holidays!!!
PS: I'm sure everyone here in Hawaii would really love for you to come to next year's Kauai Music Festival!
Dan - Mon, Nov 23rd, 2009 2:57 PM PST
Hi Robin its Dan and Courtney from SongU. We loved your feedback class and performed a re-write and also recorded it in Logic(much better then iphone ha!). We would love for you to hear it. I will try to register for your next class, but they fill up so quickly. Your feedback and tips have helped us the most through all the other songu sessions we have taken. I would love to hear your comments on the re-write. Have a happy and safe holiday! please feel free to email me if you would like me to send you the mp3. Sincerely, Dan and Courtney
Laurel mcintosh - Wed, Nov 18th, 2009 7:36 PM PST
I .. uh. I dont know what to say. It was crazy. I finally decided to write a song,i scrolled down after reading some of it. I love California ..and i want to move their when im older, and i was thinking of phrases to do with California, and it said "california" on your page. I thought that was awesome! Anyways,im aspiring singer,songwriter,hopefully actress as well. I live in canada but im moving to California on my 18th birthday. Got my stuff packed already:) even though im only 15. I really need help to succeed. I just dont know where to find it.
Lucy Keile Macedo - Sat, Nov 14th, 2009 1:51 PM PST
I received your first newsletter and found very informative. I also got some great connections checking out the music library report.
My husband Skyko purchased your book at the Taxi rally and hasn't been able to put it down.
Thank you for your insightful book, your well prepared presentation at the Taxi rally and your great newsletter.
Lucy Keile Macedo
Thank YOU!!! You made my day, Lucy! - Robin
Holly Heffelbower - Tue, Nov 10th, 2009 11:15 AM PST
Thank you for the sessions you conducted at the Road Rally this weekend. I enjoyed learning your system and am using it to analyse my own songs. Thank you for your clear analysis and engaging presentation. I took away some exceptional tools this weekend.
JT Michael - Tue, Nov 10th, 2009 12:47 AM PST
Thanks so much for your classes at Taxi. I wanted to let you know that if you used multiple examples of a 'technique' in a song then it would make it easier to understand. For example, I didn't understand what you were talking about when you gave the rhythm count in the Beyonce song....but when you played the second song then I could hear it right away. It made a difference! I really liked how you did that. Your classes where great...you teach great material.
Also, HELP! I've been attempting to do a rhythm count on Britney Spear's "Womanizer" and I can't seem to figure it out! Can you please break it down? Her rhythms are great...I just haven't gotten the hang of understanding the rhythm counts yet! (And I was 'spoonfed' the Funk growing up!)
Thanks so much, Robin for making such a difference with so many with your courses and your book. I hope to take another class with you soon.
Much success and happiness to you!
Love - JT
Hi JT - Thanks for letting me know you liked the class and which things were helpful for you! I really appreciate it. As far as counting melodies - I'd suggest starting with a few easier songs, then working your way up to the Britney Spears track. Some of the R&B/Pop songs and Dance/Pop songs get very complex. Check out a few older pop songs (they're easier), then work your way up! Good luck!!! - Robin
Barry ten Have - Tue, Nov 3rd, 2009 11:24 PM PST
I really like the tips you give on a daily basis. They help.
Thanks, Barry! Glad to hear my Twitter tips are useful for you. - Robin
aliceia - Tue, Nov 3rd, 2009 3:49 PM PST
nice and simple
Terry Weatherbe - Fri, Oct 30th, 2009 8:10 PM PDT
I hope to be eventually get your book Shortcuts to Hit Songwriting 126 Proven techniques. I am a songwriter and know it would be a defintite asset to helping me along with my songwriting. I think the Craft of Songwriting which I also have is a very essential book for any songwriter to have for using in their work.
erin - Thu, Oct 29th, 2009 9:13 AM PDT
this website is probably tho most helpful website on the internet!
Rik Yerzik - Wed, Oct 14th, 2009 1:14 PM PDT
Hi Robin.. great to see all the work you're doing.. I'm starting to perform, writing quite a bit and improving my craft.. thanks to you... you're an angel!
Cory Cota - Mon, Oct 12th, 2009 9:44 PM PDT
I thought that this site is resourseful and great for songwriteing tips but you could talk less about your book. And what do you do during a block?
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