The Heart of Songwriting: A Comprehensive Guide to Writing Memorable Songs
In this insightful and detailed guide to the craft of songwriting, Dove Award-winning producer and career songwriter John G. Elliott digs to the core of Christian songwriting, demystifying the writing process. From getting started all the way to when and how to make a demo, this book covers the practical steps, potential pitfalls, and big-picture perspective that every songwriter needs—not only to create a great song but also to sustain a successful career. You will learn the essentials of lyric, structure, rhythm, style, and editing, plus how inspiration, creativity, and persistence play into success. A solid spiritual foundation underpins the practicals as the author discusses the unique dynamics faith brings to songwriting.
Drawing on decades of proven success, John G. Elliott lays out what distinguishes a great song from a good song, how a songwriter can achieve memorability, and why some songs and songwriters have longevity. Specialized topics include prophetic song, writing for congregational singing, the role of the Holy Spirit and inspiration, and the habits of successful songwriters and composers. Filled with practical instruction, tips, and chapter assignments, this book is transformative for both aspiring and experienced songwriters of any genre. Great songwriting is within your grasp!
Foreword by Misty Edwards
About John G. Elliott:
John G. Elliott is a Christian songwriter, Dove Award-winning producer, accomplished recording artist, and on the international roster of Steinway Artists. He has been nominated for eight Dove Awards as a songwriter and producer. Numerous artists have recorded his songs, including Pat Boone, Steve Green, Sandi Patti, and Ricky Skaggs, and he has cowritten with such notables as Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Paul Overstreet, and Gloria Gaither. The Gospel Music Association and ASCAP have frequently invited John to chair workshops and moderate panels on the subject of songwriting. He ministers worldwide as a worship leader and speaker. John and his wife, Carol, live in Kansas City, Missouri, and are on staff at the International House of Prayer. They have five married children and three grandchildren.
Trim Size: 5.5 x 8.25
Page Count: 208
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