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Inspiration For Songwriters:

Tricks and Tips to Unlocking the Muse

by Stan Swanson
ISBN: 978-0-9787925-0-3
172 pages, Paperback

1st Printing: August 2006
Retail price: $14.95

Inspiration for Songwriters: Tips and Tricks to Unlocking the MuseInspiration for Songwriters: Tips and Tricks to Unlocking the Muse was the first title available in the Stony Meadow Publishing songwriting book series.


Inspiration for Songwriters: Tips and Tricks to Unlocking the Muse is not your typical book about songwriting. It does not explain how to write, publish, pitch, promote or record your next song. There are already dozens of other songwriting books covering those subjects. What Inspiration For Songwriters provides is something few other songwriting books offer. And in our humble opinion, it does it much better than the few similar titles we could find. It provides thousands of inspirational ideas that could very well be the seeds to your next song! All in all, Inspiration for Songwriters includes over 2000 titles, tips, tricks and other ideas that will inspire you to create song after song.


"This book is packed with innovative jet fuel that will set your mind soaring into the creative stratosphere. There are hundreds of imaginative ideas here to unlock the imagination. If you've always wanted to write songs and can't find at least one tip worth the price of the book, perhaps you should consider another pursuit -- like collecting Popsicle sticks or licking envelopes."

--Bob Lind, author and songwriter (Elusive Butterfly, Cheryl's Going Home and Mister Zero)

"Nice job! I'm sure this will be useful to songwriters at all stages of their careers."

--Kenn Amdahl, author of Joy Writing and There Are No Electrons

"Wow, what a great idea for a book. You don't just read it once and put it away, you go back to it again and again whenever you need some new ideas or a jump-start."

-- C. Buckles, Denver CO (CDs: BossaNovaNights and Old Friend)

"I hadn't flipped through more than a few pages, just reading random bits and pieces, before I had more ideas for new songs than I could shake a stick at. In the hierarchy of books, this one clearly falls into the category of those that accomplish what they set out to do. And that is a substantial achievement."

--Ed Teja The Muse's Muse

UPDATE: Stan is currently working on a revision for Inspiration for Songwriters. The 2nd edition will contain more pages and lots of additional material for songwriters at all stages of their careers. New segments in the revised edition will include more power words (used in alliterative phrases to show how powerful they really are), new songwriting exercises, real thoughts from real songwriters on how they get inspired, a greatly expanded Songwriter's Resource Appendix with dozens of listings of songwriter magazines, books and software. A listing of 101 cliches you can either use in your songs or re-write to make the cliche your own, as well as an appendix of chords charts for guitarists. This newly revised and expanded edition will definitely belong on your bookshelf! Look for it in 2011.


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