Videos: The Compose Yourself Songwriter Course

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The Beatles

Below, you’ll find the latest videos in David Alzofon’s Compose Yourself songwriting series. Put on your thinking cap, tune up the guitar and get ready to learn a few new tricks. We’ll be uploading this page each time a new video is ready – check back often!   Be sure to subscribe to David Alzofon’s songwriting series in his YouTube channel, SongwritingABCs, because the videos will be coming out much faster.

 

Below, you’ll find the latest videos in David Alzofon’s Compose Yourself songwriting series. Put on your thinking cap, tune up the guitar and get ready to learn a few new tricks. We’ll be uploading this page each time a new video is ready – check back often! Don’t miss Alzofon’s Measure For Measure column in American Songwriter.

Dawes Get Songwriting Help In New Funny Or Die Video

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“Let’s get you guys writing some American Folk rock again!”

It’s good to know that Dawes have a sense of humor about themselves. After all, their non-traditional band name inspired an entire Internet meme.

In a new video for Funny or Die, the band are in a songwriting slump, until they meet Ryan,  who offers to “fix” their problems, Pulp Fiction style. Spoiler alert: he’s no David Alzofon.

Get to know Dawes better in our recent cover story, and look for their new album The Grouchy Lady Bug in 2015.

Hear Bob Dylan’s “Early Roman Kings” And “We Are The World” Rehearsal

American Songwriter

August 2nd, 2012

Right now, you can get a preview of Bob Dylan’s Tempest. The album track “Early Roman Kings,” an invigorated blues romp, can be heard in the trailer for the Cinemax series Strike Back. The series premiere of Strike Back airs August 17th, and will feature “Scarlet Town,” another Tempest track. As we reported yesterday, the album’s title track is a 14-minute meditation on The Titanic.

Here’s the lyrics to the first verse that we could make out:

The early Roman kings in their shark skin suits
bow ties and buttons
high top boots
Drivin’ their spikes in
blazin’ the rails
nailin’ their coffins
top hats and tails
Fly away Rover
Fly away, flap your wings
Fly by night, like the early Roman kings

Early Roman Kings – Video

Yesterday, Rolling Stone unearthed an amazing video of Bob Dylan in 1985 rehearsing for the “We Are The World” recording, with Stevie Wonder as his vocal coach and piano player. Dylan spends nine minutes getting his line right.

“Is that sorta it? Sorta like that?” he probes.

Dylan is known as a one-take wonder, with an aversion to spending any extra time in the studio, so to watch him rehearse the same phrase over and over again is pretty fascinating.