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Conversational Lyrics by Michael Anderson

Songwriting: Conversational Lyrics By Michael Anderson In working with songwriters sometimes the most difficult area to give definitive method and approach is in lyric writing. Writers by nature are an individual lot – it is their stylistic personality and even idiosyncra  read more

Songwriting; Commerce vs. Art:

Songwriting: Commerce vs. Art: By Michael Anderson As a writer and teacher I am often asked the same questions concerning songwriting – the first one being “What comes first, the music or the lyric”? My favorite answer to that question is: “Yes”. But   read more

After the Inspiration; by Michael Anderson

Songwriting: After the Inspiration By Michael Anderson I am back at school after a short break teaching songwriting again and I am always surprised at how different every group of students is from the previous semester. This quarter has brought a new perspective and I wonder  read more

Songwriting Basics – One Step At A Time; by Michael Anderson

Songwriting Basics – One Step At A Time By Michael Anderson Songwriting as Structure: Most people I meet in my business have a dream. They want to write a hit song. Sometimes they’ve pursued that dream with no compromise; with a full time career in the   read more

Do You Love 2nd Chapter of Acts; by Philip Mayaab

There is just something special about the classic hymns of the church. Even though the majority of churches read the lyrics to their worship songs off the walls now, there once was a time when hymnals were what was used exclusively. To be honest, I miss the days when we would sing nothing   read more

"The Yellow and Black Attack" Heavy Metal Enters The Christian Music Space; by Philip Mayaab

Do you remember many events from 1984? Some of us probably remember election night in November of that year, when President Reagan not only won re-election, but captured the electoral vote from 49 of the 50 United States, the lone holdout being the home of Democratic nominee Walter Mondale (  read more

Tim Sheppard Biography by with Intro by Philip Mayabb

Introduction By Philip Mayabb: One of the things I love the most about being involved with CCM Classic, and playing classic contemporary Christian music is the memories that the music invokes. Sure, all old music does that to a certain extent, but if you're like me, and you grew up during y  read more

The Many Facets of Phil Keaggy: By Philip Mayabb

There are some names that are instantly recognizable in almost every professional field, and contemporary Christian music is no exception. While some artists may be recognized by a small number of fans, others are instantly known by multitudes of people, even folks who aren't necessaril  read more

Do You Remember Lisa Welchel? By Philip Mayabb

Ah yes, the eighties...everything was BIG! Big hair, big personalities, big ambitions, etc. The eighties were big, and contemporary Christian music made its biggest strides during the decade. Artists began selling more albums and concert tickets, mainstream record label sought out CCM  read more

Are You A Stryper Fan; 1984 Was a Big Year: By Philip Mayabb

1984 was a big year in the United politics, president Ronald Reagan was re-elected in a major landslide that saw him win 49 of the 50 states in the country. In sports, the Olympics were held in Los Angeles, and boycotted by the Russians, while the Detroit Tigers swept the San D  read more