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101 Songwriting Wrongs and How to Right Them by Pete Luboff, Pat Luboff

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WRITING YESTERDAY

Don’t try to write a song like today’s hit; don’t write dated material

Play a song from your past, any song, and you will remember who you were with when the song was a hit, what you were doing, and even which street you were walking or driving down when it came on the radio. Pat remembers the first time she heard Elvis Presley singing. She was nine years old and drifting off to sleep wondering what could be the meaning of a song playing on the radio called, “A Malt Shook Up.”

You can mark the times of your life by songs because songs are so much a part of their time. Songs set, as well as express, the mood of the time. When a song is a huge hit, you can bet it has tapped into something going on in the world right at that ...

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