CCM Classic Blog

The Archers Rewound: Keep Singin' That Love Song; By Philip Mayabb

Before we begin this week, ask yourself a question...have you EVER known the Archers to produce a bad album, or even a mediocre one, for that matter? Shouldn't take long to answer...the Archers turned out some of CCM's finest recordings from 1972-1991, and even when they took lo  read more

ZZ TOP"S AFTERBURNER FROM 1985

REPRINTED FROM JAZZNBLUES.CLUB Well, if you just had your biggest hit ever, you'd probably try to replicate it, too. And if you were praised for being visionary because you played all your blues grooves to a slightly sequenced beat, you'd probably be tempted to not just con  read more

Can You Teach Songwriting? By Michael Anderson

I have been having an ongoing discussion with a friend of mine recently, and it mirrors something I have thought about many times over the past few years. It is: Can you teach someone how to write a song? This friend is the mother of two very good songwriters  read more

Can You Teach Songwriting? By Michael Anderson

Can You Teach Songwriting? I have been having an ongoing discussion with a friend of mine recently, and it mirrors something I have thought about many times over the past few years. It is: Can you teach someone how to write a song? This friend is the mother of two very go  read more

Songwriting: Fearless: By Michael Anderson

I always tried to find a way to make my classes relevant to the students that are there rather than have a format that I impose – so I asked a lot of questions at the beginning of a term to get an idea of where the s  read more

"The 5 Minute Songwriting Class” by Michael Anderson

"The 5 Minute Songwriting Class” Part I: The first thing is you need a good idea – I have lectured on that over and over here. Creativity is about process – the old “success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration” routine – but without that 10% i  read more

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