The Beatles “Nowhere Man”: Let the Song Speak

This is the third and final entry in a series examining a song from four different dimensions: songwriting, arrangement, performance, and production.  This post examines the latter two. So what do you do when you have such great material that don’t require a lot of decoration?  You get out of the …

The Beatles “Nowhere Man”: Arranging a Lean, Mean Impact Machine

This is the second in a series examining a song from four different dimensions: songwriting, arrangement, performance, and production.  This post focuses on the oft-overlooked aspect of music: arrangement. In the previous post we examined how John Lennon wrote an efficient little pop gem using two well-matched chord progressions and repetitive …

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 …

The Higher Purpose of Music

The other day there was a question asked in a group for musicians. What’s the higher purpose of your music? Someone like Elizabeth Gilbert, whose book Big Magic I adore, would take issues with that statement.  She encourages creatives to do it simply for the fun of it.  Don’t overburden yourself …