The Beatles “Nowhere Man”: How to Write a Song about Insecurity

This is a first in a series examining a song from four different dimensions: songwriting, arrangement, performance, and production. “Nowhere Man” from Rubber Soul is a brilliant little pop gem with biting commentary on humanity’s tendency to to stick to her/his comfort zones.  The impactfulness of the song is perfectly orchestrated by …

Songwriting Analysis: Why We Don’t Get Tired of Jimi Hendrix “Little Wing”

If you study jazz, you start with the standards.  But in my opinion standards also exist in the rock guitar lexicon as well — and this Jimi Hendrix gem is definitely one of them.  It’s a seemingly simple tune which repeats just one verse progression over and over.  Where does its …