3 Secrets To Writing Great Pop Songs

October 7, 2014 1:00 PM

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3 Secrets To Writing Great Pop Songs

How does one explain a creative process that is unexplainable, and largely intuitive? How does one create original work which is both 'art' and product in a multi-billion dollar industry where among its most successful members were a British slave trader who during a violent storm in 1748 had a spiritual epiphany and later on wrote the words, "Amazing grace, how sweet the sound...." Or a singing waiter from the lower east side of Manhattan who wrote the words, "I'm dreaming of a White Christmas...." Both leaders in the field of songwriting, English poet and clergyman John Newton and Irving Berlin had NO formal training whatsoever.

"Fools rush in where angels fear to tread" as they say, and I have been the only songwriting professor for NYU School of Continuing Education and professional studies for the past 15 years. After thousands of students have asked me to write a course textbook about my insights into both the art and s...

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