Monthly #‎Songwriting Tips from #SongRegistration.com… (Plus: The Lennon-McCartney Songwriting Team – A Long and Winding Road)

John-and-Paul

First, some tips…
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1. Looking for authenticity? Try writing auto-biographically.
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2. When collaborating with others, decide songwriting credits right away (how to split potential revenues) to avoid future disputes (read https://goo.gl/8SQw2d).
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3. Focus particularly on your song’s opening lines. They’re your best chance to pull in and engage your listener.
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4. Always keep rhythm in mind, eliminate clunky un-singable words, phrases or lines.
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5. Always document your ‪#‎copyrights‬ by professionally registering your ‪#‎songs‬! With SongRegistration.com, it’s cheap, quick, and super-easy (and used by ‪#‎composers‬ worldwide).
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Now, some facts about one of the greatest collaborations ever: The ‪#‎Lennon_McCartney‬ Catalog – Who owns them, Who wrote them…
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1. Northern Songs LTD (formed by ‪#‎John_Lennon‬, ‪#‎Paul_McCartney‬, their manager, and a music producer) briefly published Lennon-McCartney songs until it was partly sold in 1969 to Associated Television (ATV) – which was eventually bought by Michael Jackson in 1985 (who asked McCartney and ‪#‎Yoko_Ono‬ if they’d like to join in – they never did).
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2. After Jackson’s death, ATV merged with Sony (which will buy out Jackson’s 50% interest later this year). Sony/ATV now owns the world’s largest music catalog – holding more than 2 million copyrights, including Lennon/McCartney, ‪#‎Michael_Jackson‬, ‪#‎Bob_Dylan‬, ‪#‎Neil_Diamond‬, ‪#‎Taylor_Swift‬, the ‪#‎Jonas_Brothers‬ – and grossing 1-2 billion dollars in annual royalties.
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3. Many (if not most) of those “Lennon-McCartney” classics were actually written by just ONE of them. They simply agreed early on to label them all jointly, even when only one wrote the whole song (unlike most songwriting partnerships, they each wrote both lyrics and music). A few examples:
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Written totally by Lennon (words and music) – Hard Days Night; Nowhere Man; I Am The Walrus.
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Composed solely by McCartney – Yesterday (the most covered song in history); Here, There and Everywhere (one of John’s all-time favorites); and Sgt. Pepper’s.
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