April 24, 2016

Remembering Prince, by Paul Zollo

  (Above: LA's essential art museum LACMA turned its Rain Room exhibit into a memorial for Prince.) Remembering Prince By PAUL ZOLLO The world has changed. Profoundly. He was a miraculous musician of multitudes. As the world knows well, he was a miracle songwriter, a remarkably soulful singer and performer, and an astounding guitarist and virtuoso musician on almost every instrument under the sun. And under the purple rain. First time I saw him live was when he was one...
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April 01, 2016

Grammy Nominated/#1 Writer Shelly Peiken's Confessional Night of Song

The Songwriting School of Los Angeles was honored to host Grammy-Nominated #1 Hit Songwriter Shelly Peiken for a reading of her new book Confessions of a Serial Songwriter on Thursday 3/31/16. She performed seven of her songs, read excerpts from the book to give each song context, and answered questions from a room full of songwriters with candor, humor, and cutting insight born of extensive experience.  Watch the entire night below, in three parts. "Confessions of a Serial Songwriter is an amusing and poignant memoir...
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February 08, 2016

Commercial Lyrics or Music Business Class Guest Pass - Join Us This Week, On-Campus or Online

The Songwriting School of Los Angeles is proud to offer two classes this week where you are welcome to observe class 1 of each as our guest, online or on-campus. Writing Commercial Hit Lyrics, with Platinum lyricist Mark Winkler, meets on Tuesday nights starting 2/9, 7:30pm Pacific (and on-demand online). Join us for Class 1 on Tuesday 2/9. The Modern Mindset Music Business Class meets for the LAST time on-campus this Winter 2016, starting Wednesday 2/10, 7:30pm Pacific. In Class...
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February 04, 2016

Own Your Voice, As a Writer, As an Artist: Platinum Lyricist Mark Winkler & Vocal Coach Michael Goodrich

It takes confidence, clarity, and a sense of purpose to own your voice as a writer or as a singer. Platinum lyricist Mark Winkler and top LA vocal coach Michael Goodrich have some ideas on the topic, as each has worked to do just that, in their own professional creative lives and as teachers and guides to artists in a variety of genres. The two were generous enough to address our community in this Free event on Wednesday 2/3, 8pm, on-campus at...
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November 16, 2015

The Late, Gracious P.F. Sloan's Interview & Performance in 'Songwriters on Songwriting, LIVE - Interviews by Paul Zollo'

The Songwriting School of Los Angeles is honored to have hosted P.F. Sloan as the very first guest of Paul Zollo's Songwriters on Songwriting, LIVE.  In addition to the profound resource these interviews provide for songwriters and fans alike, Zollo began doing them to preserve and honor the legacy of these important figures while we have access to them. We lost access to a great when P.F. Sloan died of cancer last night. He was 70 years old. Below, please...
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October 01, 2015

Jack Tempchin Brings a "Peaceful Easy Feeling" to 'Songwriters on Songwriting, LIVE' Thursday, 10/1, 8pm!

In Episode 7 of Songwriters on Songwriting, LIVE, Paul Zollo welcomes Jack Tempchin to the stage to discuss the craft and career that have spanned genres and eras and yielded memorable songs. To view the live broadcast or its archive, GO HERE. Paul Zollo himself writes of our guest: Jack Tempchin is best known for writing the Eagles’ classic "Peaceful Easy Feeling," and co-writing other Eagles hits, including "Already Gone," "The Girl From Yesterday," "Somebody," and "It's Your World Now." With Glenn Frey, he wrote “You Belong to the...
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August 27, 2015

Open Mic Every 4th Friday of the Month Starting September 25th, with Host Andrew Samples!

The Songwriting School of Los Angeles is proud to open its door to the larger community for the first in a monthly series of Open Mics, starting Friday, September 25th. These "4th Friday Open Mics" are hosted by talented singer/songwriter and student at The Songwriting School Andrew Samples, whose solo full-length masterpiece The Alchemist was released Summer 2015. To be guaranteed a slot, sign-up online in advance. Actual performance slots will be determined night-of by the host. 7:30pm check-in; performance...
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August 03, 2015

FREE Event M 8/3, 8pm with Music Attorney Ben McLane: Production Deals, Single-Song Publishing Deals & More:

Respected Music Attorney Ben McLane returns for Episode 3 of In Writing: Conversations on the Music Business as we explore all manner of arrangements that might impact the indie songwriter or artist: production deals, single-song publishing deals, licensing, and more. Mr. McLane has been involved in deals of more than 100 Top 10 Songs and Albums. If you have a question, he has an answer. When: Monday, 8/3, 8pm Pacific To Attend: RSVP here To View Online: GO HERE. Archive will remain at this link for one week....
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July 06, 2015

How to Produce Your Signature Sound - Producer Joe Solo, Thursday 7/16, 7:30pm Pacific, On-Campus & Online

Producer/songwriter Joe Solo returns to The Songwriting School of Los Angeles Thursday 7/16, 7:30pm to discuss How to Produce Your Signature Sound. And he ought to know: he spent nearly a decade with the artist Macy Gray helping discover, define, and refine her unique sound. Since then he has not only produced and written for numerous major-label and indie talent, but he has counseled and coached up-and-comers on the music business. Join us on-campus and streaming online for this informative...
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May 29, 2015

Joe Henry Visits 'Songwriters on Songwriting, LIVE' with Paul Zollo, Thursday 6/25, 8pm!

Join author Paul Zollo for Episode 3 of 'Songwriters on Songwriter, LIVE' Thursday night June 25, 8pm Pacific with the great JOE HENRY! The Songwriting School of Los Angeles is proud to present this outstanding series, bringing Paul's beloved book of interviews to life, on-campus and online. Joe Henry is a songwriter, Grammy-winning producer, author, and beacon of warm, illuminating insight on the human condition. The Songwriting School is deeply honored to welcome him. To view Joe Henry's impressive discography...
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