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

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DOING IT ALL

Don’t think you can/must write it all yourself

Ever see a one-person band in the flesh? A friend of ours, Don Davis, was cited in the Guinness Book of World Records for playing the largest number of different instruments at once. Horns, whistles, drums, and cymbals, fretted and fantasy instruments loomed behind and over him on a giant backpack. In front, he wielded a huge accordion. More contraptions were strapped to his legs and suspended in front of his face. He couldn’t be beat when it came to numbers of decibels produced by a human being. But, friends, don’t try this at home. Don was a professional one-person band. You may put your growth as a songwriter in jeopardy if you attempt to write, play, and sing everything alone. ...

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