Special Thanks: Steve Wariner

Special Thanks: Steve Wariner

Country Music Hall of Famer @stevewariner joined me at @CliveDavisInst at @nyuniversity to talk songwriting. What a semester it’s been. Special thanks to my guest speaker, Country Music Hall of Famer Steve Wariner, who talked about his own writing process, as well as his work with Chet Atkins, Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, Dottie West, and so many great artists and writers. Toward the end of class, one of the students asked if he’d play a little, and he broke out “Tattoos of Life” and “Two Teardrops” solo. What a semester it’s been. Break out the violet cardigan sweaters: I am teaching songwriting at NYU’s Clive Davis School of the Recording Arts this fall. We’ve been focusing on the establishment of a personal songwriting voice, and oh, we’ve been writing. And...
Scott Jacoby and me on the cover of Playback magazine

Scott Jacoby and me on the cover of Playback magazine

I hung out at Scott Jacoby’s studio yesterday, watched him mix a track, had lunch, shot the breeze, etc. He was so great to come up to my class at Yale, and we just kinda hit it off, personally, too. (Bob Donnelly, who recommended him to me, is rarely wrong.) Inspired by Scott and his workspace, I decided I would take the weekend to clean up around here. One idea was to scan my press clippings and get rid of the fire hazard that is all the paper that has accumulated. I worked my paper shredder until the OVERHEAT light came on (I didn’t even know it had one), and in the middle of the purge, I picked up a PLAYBACK mag from 2011 – take a look at the bottom of the cover page… I mean, I know I’m into Omens and all, but you have to admit: that’s kind of...
Special Thanks: Eliot Van Buskirk, Mantis Evar

Special Thanks: Eliot Van Buskirk, Mantis Evar

Special thanks to guest speakers Eliot Van Buskirk (Evolver.fm) and Mantis Evar (Indaba Music), who spoke about the disruptive technologies at the bleeding edge of music creation, consumption and dissemination. Flying cars were not ruled out. Thank God. Break out the threadbare cardigan sweaters: I will be teaching a seminar at Yale University entitled “The Art and Business of Songwriting.” Course description: “Music sits at the forefront of creative and technological revolutions, and songwriting remains the fundamental form of its expression. This seminar will focus on establishing a personal songwriting voice, and then explore a song’s application within the fundamentally shifting industries of film, TV and the Web via crowd sourcing, collaboration and copyright.” Sounds good, right? Tune in for music, shows, announcements, giveaways, videos and all that stuff, here: Facebook || Twitter || YouTube || Bandcamp || Pandora Tallboy 7, Inc. Box 20463 NY NY...

Pop-Up Video: New Season Premieres Today

After two 2012 Emmy nominations and a presence at Lollapalooza over the weekend, Pop-Up Video is rolling out 32 episodes of the brand-new season (and the new theme song), plus Pop-Up Video: Jersey Shore and the original Pop-Up Video on Vh1 Classic, with more to come. Theme music: Mike Errico http://www.errico.com/pop-up-video-new-season-premieres-august-6th/ TV schedule: http://www.tvguide.com/tvshows/pop-up-video/tv-listings/203835 Best, Mike...
“I Scream, You Scream” Epic Remix for Conan O’Brien

“I Scream, You Scream” Epic Remix for Conan O’Brien

Last week, a slew of newscasters around the country were caught reciting the exact same press release for a new ice cream app. Conan O’Brien’s folks caught them, pulled the footage and strung it together. Then Team Coco sent it to me to put to music. LINK: http://teamcoco.com/video/ice-cream-epic-remix If you want to see the pre-music version that they gave me, it’s here: http://teamcoco.com/video/media-reacts-ice-cream More Facebook || Twitter || YouTube || Bandcamp || Pandora Tallboy 7, Inc. Box 20463 NY NY...
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