Innovations in Songwriting Lead to Web 2.0 and Beyond

In our continued efforts to support songwriters everywhere, we’ve been able to connect with some really interesting people. This time, our efforts crossed paths with a songwriter, producer and savvy Web 2.0 professional named Dean Whitbread. In this article we’ll share with you a little bit about Dean’s background, and talk about an area where he is blazing trails in songwriting – for podcasts. Dean comes from a musical background steeped in the sounds of jazz – his father was a jazz trumpet player in the hip late 1950s London circuit. Dean had early formal musical training but didn’t enjoy the classical music he was learning. Switching from private lessons
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Interview with Carter Burwell, Composer for Twilight, A Knight’s Tale and More!

Carter Burwell is a man of many talents whose abilities range from the technical to creative. During the course of his professional life, Carter has pursued the art of animation, software development, music performance and–of course–composing music for movies. Interestingly enough, he also enjoys other forms of composition which involve writing music for dance and theatrical performances. As a composer, Carter Burwell wrote the theatrical score for over fifty films including Rob Roy, A Knight’s Tale, Hamlet, and Burn After Reading as well as his most recent work on the film Twilight. Recorded in a London studio, Carter Burwell composed, orchestrated and conducted the musical score for the film about
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Musicnotes on the Scene in 2008

Earlier this month, we reflected on all the things we’ve done this past year for our customers and music fans everywhere. Our marketing director was kind enough to pop by and talk about these efforts in this post entitled, “2008: Highlights from Musicnotes.com. We’ve also took a look at what your favorite songs were from 2008, and found some interesting examples of how great songs are truly timeless. In addition to all the things we strive to do for you, our customers and fans of music, we also support the songwriter whenever we can. To this end, we started seeking out songwriter interviews so you could learn a little bit
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Interview with Santa Baby Songwriter, Philip Springer

Hang up your stockings and light up your Christmas tree! Musicnotes.com has a special holiday treat in store for all of you today. We had the pleasure of speaking with songwriter Philip Springer who wrote the ever-popular Christmas song, “Santa Baby.” You probably already know that every song has a story, but did you know that “Santa Baby” has a tale that spans over fifty years? We didn’t either when we first asked Philip Springer about how the song, “Santa Baby,” came about. The Story Behind Santa Baby from Songwriter Philip Springer Philip Springer first got involved with the song Santa Baby in 1953, when he was working with Joan
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Songwriter Spotlight | Interview with William Joseph, Pianist and Composer

Today Musicnotes.com brings you an exclusive interview with William Joseph in our first edition of our Songwriter Spotlight. William Joseph is a pianist, composer and performer who is currently touring internationally. He was gracious enough to take time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions about composing music, working with an orchestra and his new album, Beyond. After you read his interview, if you’d like to find out more about William Joseph, listen to his music or see where he’s touring, we encourage you to visit his website located at: www.william-joseph.com or friend William Joseph on MySpace. If you enjoy William’s songs, we invite you to visit
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