Special thanks to guest speaker Amanda Palmer, who outlined her songwriting process, discussed what a “definitive” recording means in the world of endless variation, talked crowdfunding, turned the class on to Tim Minchin, and played “The Bed Song.” What a class this has been.
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?
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