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June Meeting Recap

Hey songwriters,

At this week’s meeting of Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle a few gender-reversed songs explored the opportunities that open when the sex of a song’s protagonist is flipped, and sisters Jessica Lanigan (jssdali@gmail.com) and Chelsea Ali (chelsea.ali8@gmail.com) showcased dark and intimate songs from their separate repertoires.

At the next meeting, Tue., July 6, Dave Graham (DavidBGraham@comcast.net) will play the featured set. The suggested assignment is to write a story song.

Every song tells a story, sort of. But rather than describing a moment or feeling, a good story song goes someplace — something changes or is revealed as the story unfolds. Some genres generate more story songs than others — think country and folk — but memorable stories can be told in any musical form.

“Smoke on the Water” by Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, Ian Paice (Deep Purple)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7ZF2xaNhyw

Details: www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1284

“Lady Marmalade” by Bob Crewe, Kenny Nolan, Allen Toussaint (Labelle had the original hit)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4LWIP7SAjY

Details: http://pattilabelle.com/forum/index.php?threads/lady-marmalade-the-history-of-the-song.54576

“City of New Orleans” by Steve Goodman (Arlo Guthrie had the original hit)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJ0JgqoF2W4

Details: www.all-about-vinylrecords.com/city-of-new-orleans-lyrics.html

See you soon,

– John

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