February 15, 2007

Songwriting Books

The Songwriter's Rhyming Dictionary
Sammy Cahn [423.1 CAH]
Over than fifty thousand entries! Arranged by vowels in many different configurations, syllables, and alphabetically. Easy to use.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Songwriting
Joel Hirschhorn [e-book]
If you have read any of the Complete Idiot's Guides on any subject, you will recognize this book. The information is not for idiots, but for anyone who want to learn the basics. There is a bit of history, talk of training, musical genres, specific industries (movies or TV), collaborations, publishers, agents, the Internet, and more.

The Secrets of Songwriting: Leading Songwriters Reveal How to Find Inspiration and Success
Susan Tucker [782.42 TUC and e-book]
Take a peek inside the Nashville music scene and gain secrets from "fifteen of the nations most accomplished songwriters [as they] reveal how they write, what inspires them, and how they are able to produce regularly, blending personal stories with serious discussion of the creative process."

Songwriter's Market: 1,300 Places to Market Your Songs
Edited by Ian C. Bessler [070.57 SON available and reference (at Warrenton)] A directory of names and addresses where you can mail your songs for publication.