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Frank Zappa 1971 Documentary

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Song Analysis – Katy Perry – “Roar”

Song Analysis – Katy Perry “Roar”

written by Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie Mckee, Henry Walter
produced by Dr. Luke and Cirkut
BPM: 92

You gotta give Katy Perry props for having a large diversity in sound throughout her songs. They all retain a sense of sugary pop but the texture and feeling in each one is very individualized.

This new single represents a Phoenix like rebirth, complete with teasers that show her literally burning her old personality. AWESOMENESS!!!! Trailers like these excite me as an artist challenging themselves to something new.

The theme of the song is very “Im not gonna take this anymore and you goddamn right. Im gonna do something about it.” Kinda like Katy’s version of the Twisted Sister hit, “We’re Not Gonna Take It”

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Song Analysis – Of Monsters And Men “Little Talks”

 

all that’s left is the ghost of you

Everything changes. Someone you thought you were close to will one day let you down.

The theme of this song is “love sucks because of miscommunication”.
The title being referred to as something these lovers use to have.

What kind of questions does the title raise?

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SongWriting Analysis – The Eagles “Lyin Eyes”

This is my absolute favorite song in the world. In terms of songwriting and harmonies and pure awesomeness, you can’t get any better then this track right here.

It started out as a bar scene between a girl and an older gentlemen that Glenn Frey saw and him coming up with the line ” Look at her, she can’t even hide those lyin eyes“, it quickly became the perfect example of what a song should be.

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Music Documentary: The Beatles and The Making of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

If you want to be a great songwriter, youHAVE to study the Beatles. Basically every piece of music written after has their melodic fingerprints all over it. This album has everything. From the simplest, enjoyable pop to Indian bhangra beats to being the concept album of concept albums.

yea the audio is a bit out of sync with the speaking, but who cares, it’s The Beatles !

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band deserves to be analyzed over and over again.

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The Ten Most Important Themes For SongWriting

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 Songs about relationships rule the charts.

I love you. Now we’re done. Now I lost you. Im so lonely. I cheated on my girlfriend. She cheated on me. We get back together. We break up again. Im never giving this up.

People LOVE drama. They’re addicted to it.  Whether it’s the fun happy times or the endless aching, people need to feel something. If you want to level up your songwriting, then you need to understand why people listen and respond to certain songs.

We’re all natural voyeurs. Curious of everything that is going in our lives and other people’s lives. It’s just human nature.

Being a songwriter, we need to write about the moments that offer change and insight.

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Scott Devine On Steps To Mastery

Take baby steps. That’s it. Every artist/master has had to work hard at his craft. There is no other way. And sometimes it’s really easy to be discouraged.

Well how do you motivate yourself to keep going?

Sometimes you just gotta take baby steps.

“You can’t really do anything with one brick. But with a thousand bricks, you can build a mansion.”

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Neil Strauss and Tim Ferriss have a conversation about writing and being creative.

When it comes to authors that have influenced my way of thinking, there are none others that I can think of other than these two.

With The Dirt, The Game, Emergency,etc. and his pickup lines and 30Day Challenge, Neil Strauss has done alot of things to shape my worldview and social life.

And I also remember the paradigm shift that The 4 Hour WorkWeek gave me after a friend I met in LA recommended the book. He also gave me a lot of different ideas when it comes to time management and virtual assistants. There’s definitely a lot to learn from this talk.

Ever since I’ve always thought ways I can improve my life. Every which way. In these youtube clip, the two of them discuss a lot of different techniques, obstacles and anecdotes about what it takes to be creative. Here are some of my notes.

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3 Amazing Tools For Mental Toughness

Being a musician is a lot like being an athlete. You focus on building a specific set of skills. You go through trials and tribulations. And winning is defined by practicing, recording music and playing shows.

Mental toughness is an essential skill for any athlete and musician. What goes on outside in your life is dependent on what is going on inside. Just as there are different exercises you can do to build your physical fitness, there are tools you can do to build your mental toughness.

There are three skills you need to succeed. Focus, mental imagery and self-talk.

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Book Review: The Fighter’s Mind by Sam Sheridan

 

“We’re all fighting something” – Sam Sheridan

I have a lot of respect for MMA Fighters. Those guys are not only physically tough, but very mentally tough. What goes through their mind? How do they train and come up with a game plan that allows them to succeed?

Sam Sheridan interviewed some of the smartest fight minds in the business, including Marcelo Garcia, Greg Jackson, Randy Couture, Josh Waltzkin, etc. If you want to be great, you have to be willing to do anything.

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