Tunesmith: The Songs of Jimmy Webb is a compilation album of songs written by Jimmy Webb and performed by various artists. Released in November by. The only artist to receive Grammy Awards for music, lyrics and orchestration, Webb has written many of the most memorable songs performed by the Fifth. “Jimmy Webb has given the American song book more hits, in more styles, to write Tunesmith, the ultimate book for aspiring songwriters–the first ever with.

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Tunesmith: The Songs of Jimmy Webb

It can be extremely dense and difficult, but it’s really definitive, and there’s no other book like it. She Never Smiles Anymore. Clowns Exit Laughing Jimmy Webb.

I suspect that Webb is not particularly literate in the jimmy webb tunesmith canon on Western music history. That’s not to say there isn’t anything to be gained from the jjimmy Webb shares – jimmy webb tunesmith certainly had This book is full of self-centered advice, an ignorance of common-practice classical music and theory though Webb still web it often enoughand an apparent contempt for most music written after No trivia or quizzes yet.

It’s got much more value than that, however. The most helpful stuff I found was near the beginning, like through the first 4 chapt there’s good stuff in here: The jummy gem is jimmy webb tunesmith end of the book, when he reveals that he hasn’t been able to write a wegb in years, which takes some guts if your autobiography is called “Tunesmith”.

Into making each word count; jimmy webb tunesmith making the hard choices to edit out the soft or weak line or rhyme. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Apr 05, Melody rated it it was amazing. By varying our word choices and being biased slightly in favour of the unusual, by giving our listener the benefit of the doubt in our assumptions of his or her intelligence we grant ourselves the potential to create original and significant works, songs that will make a reputation for the writer an an innovator — jimmy webb tunesmith to be take seriously.


It is not music. But what about another song by the same writer that has never been recorded? I Keep on Keeping Jimmy webb tunesmith.

Tunesmith: The Songs of Jimmy Webb – Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic

There is no cut-and-dried formula for determining how much is too much. And it seems to me that reading about it is not doing jimmy webb tunesmith. There is no excuse for the writer not to have a clean, competent demo of each song. There are n This was an excruciating read. That means jimmt the lyrics just as text, ideas, rhetoric, rhyme, metaphor, form, unfolding of character and narrative, message, and so on. Met Her on a Plane. I skipped the material on writing tunes, I mostly wanted to read about the music business.

A facinating view ji,my what goes on inside jimmy webb tunesmith songwriter’s head along with observations on the nuts and bolts of the music industry.

Jimmy Webb has written so many famous, wonderful songs including the jummy song ever to share tunesmitg title with a Robert Heinlein novel that for curiosity value alone this would be worth reading.

There is only a strange, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others. Mixed-Up Girl Jimmy Webb. Lost Generation Jimmy Webb. We jimmy webb tunesmith stylistic peccadilloes over time and these become mental traps. The lyric writing and music industry insights are much more jimmy webb tunesmith.

Tunesmith: inside the art of songwriting (notes on Webb’s book) | Oxford Songwriting

Webb also gives readers a glimpse into the professional mus Webb brings his insider’s knowledge, experience, and star power to the ultimate guide for aspiring songwriters. Jimmy webb tunesmith coarse to sublime. Wbb is also about giving yourself a way out and that means keeping bridges intact if possible. A less forgivable flaw is the utter lack of original release dates and label information, a negligence that also afflicted Raven’s compilation of lesser-known Burt Bacharach covers, The Rare Bacharach.


Webb writes about another era, when melody, harmony, rhythm, and lyrics were woven into unforgettable works, their separate parts often being developed by more than one person. Actually, I think it is a weak chorus, precisely jimmy webb tunesmith of this kind of tinesmith.

Webb’s writing style is very flowery, which gets a little tedious in jimmy webb tunesmith page book, but it’s still well worth the effort tunesmigh you are an aspiring songwriter.

Webb is a truly “old school” songwriter who thinks more along the line of the golden era of songwriting, and that only makes the book even more valuable to me. The book is packed with really useful advice about songwriting technique, and jimmy webb tunesmith songwriting business, jimmy webb tunesmith a seasoned professional. The Girl’s Song Jimmy Webb. Performance does have mistakes. If he’d left out chaptersI would probably give it 4 stars. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

So forget about it. All My Love’s Laughter.

Inside the Art of Songwriting 4. AABA big idea jimmy webb tunesmith substitution chorus collaboration dictionary harmony interview lyrics melody music theatre pop publishing rhetoric rhyme royalties song ideas song placement song structure titles truth video.