HomeLetter to a 15 year old Songwriter

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Good to see you and your family this weekend.

15 is a great age.... you are on your way to finding what 'your voice' is all about.

This is the perfect time to work really hard at the craft of song writing.

Here are some of my suggestions:

First you need to study the great songwriters.

Go to your parents record collection...Listen to some of my favorites: Leonard Cohen, Ellis Paul,  Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, Cat Stevens, James Taylor...

Study their songs, the choice of words, phrasing, production...get these songs into your bloodstream, into your musical DNA.

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