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"Bill Pere embodies the link between music and science" -- The New York Times
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--Songcrafters' Coloring Book Home -- Order Your Copy Here    -- Introduction
--Table of Contents -- Recommended Reading -- Songwriter Tools (articles)
-- Anatomy of a Song  (chart) -- Level 3 Critique Sample -- Roles in the Life of a Song
-- The Fundamental Choice  (chart) -- Song Map Sample -- Quotes and Reviews
-- Listener ResponseMatrix (chart) -- About the Author --  Four Fader Song List
-- Asch-Von Restorff Diagram --  Songwriting Retreat -- The Four Fader Paradigm
--Blog:  Songcrafters' Coloring Book

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT BILL'S BOOK AND WORKSHOPS

-- Photos and reactions to the songwriting retreat workshop here
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For a full book review that appeared in Muses Muse, go here
--For what folks like you are saying, see below

"I've just been reading your book. I love your style and creativity. It really puts into perspective how people actually think. A great read" –  Dennis Sinnott, Music Industry Consultant, former EMI Executive, author of "Masters of Songwriting" and the Music Tip Sheet

"I looked through your book last night.  I have to say it is definitely the best investment I've made at this conference!" --  attendee, Indiegrrl Conference, Nashville, 2009

"To describe your work as a 'book' falls far short of its worthiness. A more accurate description would be a treatise on the art of songwriting. Congratulations are in order." – V. Vergilio, Ph D, Music Education (NY)

" Your workshop was the best hour of my life as a songwriter! You turned on many light bulbs and made it all so clear."  -- C.Senski, IMC Attendee Northampton MA,  2009

I finally have gotten through my "To Read" pile and have started your book. I am loving it! You and I are definitely on the same page when it comes to the "crafting" of the song. I love your illustrations and the intelligent presentation. You are an amazing teacher. -- Mary Dawson, Author, "How to Get Somewhere in the Music Business From Nowhere with Nothing"

"Very much enjoying your book. I just attended a weeklong workshop with Freebo and he pointed out a weakness of my songwriting - matching the accents of the words to the beats of the music. Your book has some of the best information out there on this important and overlooked element of songwriting. Thank you so much" --Ron Hill, Songwriter, San Diego, CA

"Great Book!".  I brought it to our meeting of the Brisbane Songwriters Club and they loved it"
-- Hugh Brown, singer-songwriter and member BSC, Australia

"Bill is one of the few teachers to emerge in the last 20 years who understands all these aspects of songwriting and is willing to share the knowledge with others."   --   John Braheny, author "The Craft and Business of  Songwriting"   

" I can't tell you how impressed I was with how knowledgeable you are and your way of making the material comprehensible " 
 --  George David Weiss, hit songwriter and past President, Songwriters Guild of America

"I could listen to you analyze songs all day. You can pick out such fine details, and always get right to the core of what matters most in the song." – Karen Reynolds, hit songwriter and host of Writers Block Radio (TN)

"In all the music conferences I've been to,  I've never heard anyone talk the way you do about a song, with such insight and detail.  I wish there were more of that" -- Eric de Fontenay, Founder and Director, MusicDish Network

" It was a pleasure to be in your workshops.  Your grasp of the material and your ability to articulate it made it quite enjoyable"  -- Ron Sowell, Founder of Mountain Stage Radio Show and the New Song Contest

"That was the most coherent and practical songwriting presentation I've ever heard, bar none" -- Mary Dawson, Author "How to Get Somewhere in the Music Business From Nowhere With Nothing" at Dallas workshop

"I am a published songwriter and member of the NSAI.  Most of the songwriting articles that I have found on the internet are elementary. I found yours to be insightful and challenging, and comparable to a graduate course for songwriters.  Keep up the great work. " -- J. Dobrowolski, published songwriter and member NSAI

"Your material is essential reading for songwriters as far as I’m concerned.  I have applied the concepts to my own songwriting and I know it has improved it.  The way you have laid out the concepts is quite creative and gives everyone a great visual of the process.  I’ll be buying the book."  -- Mark Miller,  songwriter and author of  "Blogging in B minor"

"I have never been captivated by a textbook like I was by this one and when I saw that Bill was conducting a  songwriters retreat in Connecticut, I knew this was an event I definitely wanted to attend.    The weekend was everything I had hoped for and more.   After reading his book and attending his workshop, I have a great respect for Bill Pere as an artist and a teacher."  --  Cecilia Dahl, singer -songwriter, Boston, MA

I am reading your fantastic book, Songcrafters' Coloring Book, and I have to say it is very helpful.  It is good, intelligent stuff.  I'm up to Chapter 13 and it has changed the way I think about songs.  It inspires me to look again at the tunes I have penned so far.  -- B. Runk, singer-songwriter,  CT

"I am learning so much from your book!" -- C. Carter, songwriter,  MA

"I've started reading your book - I am very impressed" -- S. Sivakoff,  songwriter, MD

"Bill Pere embodies the link between music and science" -- The New York Times

" Your song critiques are truly exceptional"  -- Alan Roy Scott, hit songwriter; Director, Unisong International Song Contest

"I'll be getting a copy of your book.  You are an excellent songwriting teacher"
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Pat Reynolds, multinational songwriting award-winner

"I am enjoying your book, and what you write about is exactly what I am doing with my poetry. The principles are so similar, and you've done an excellent job in getting it across, from what I've read so far"   --J. Swanson, songwriter, recording artist

"Your workshop changed my life!  After perusing the website, I have an entirely new look on my music, the craft of writing, and my future direction. I am extremely impressed with you as a person.---I sincerely hope to connect with you at some point in the future to have you evaluate some material."  -- C. Decker,  workshop attendee,  Singer-Songwriter Conference, Cape May, NJ

"Your critiques are excellent, as I knew they would be" --  J. Spector, Indie International Songwriting Contest

"I've been  working my way through your book and I'm very impressed by your idea regarding sending the audience away with what you want them to get versus them making their own meanings. Being an English Major, I've always wanted to use a technique like that in literary criticism" -- S. Klopfenstein,  California

"You are an excellent communicator. You make things so clear." -- B. Dahl, Northampton, MA workshop attendee, 2009.

"There is a TON of information in your book -- most books I read, but your book I STUDY!"
-- V. Stevens,  singer-songwriter, Founder, Purple Song Project.

"Your explanations are insanely comprehensive and so very helpful" – Marike, songwriter, South Africa.

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                              Book Review By: Anastasia Karalekas
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Muses' Muse News  November 2010)

Songcrafters’ Coloring Book: The Essential Guide to Effective and Successful Songwriting
By Bill Pere

Want to write a great song? Simply open your eyes. In his book “The Songcrafters' Coloring Book”, author Bill Pere introduces us to a concept called Eyes Wide Open. It may sound simple enough – when crafting a song, be fully aware of your choices and their impact – but when there are so many parameters to think about in making these choices, we may be sacrificing some of them without even knowing it, and that may alter the end result. By consistently applying the notion of Eyes Wide Open, or EWO, you’ll have a much clearer idea of where your song might fall short with certain listeners, and know what it takes to correct that. Put various songs up against the “mixing board” and see why different songs achieve different results.

Now, I’m a huge fan of anything psychology-related, so I was quite pleased when I found the most unique (and eye-opening) chapter in the book, the one about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). I mean, I never thought about this topic in the context of songwriting, but after reading this chapter, I not only understand why I write the songs I write, but I also know what to look for in a future collaborator in order to bring a whole new dimension to my songs, and vice versa.

Plus, I’ve always been of the opinion that interpretation of a song is an individual thing. Pere demonstrates the difference between expressing and communicating your song’s idea. By effectively communicating the true meaning of your song, people will understand your message, and identify with it in their own way as well. However, if you still want to leave the message open to interpretation, there are implications to such a choice. Again, make that choice with your eyes wide open.

This book is a detailed manual on songwriting, and then some. Bill Pere has decades of experience in the music industry, and he generously shares the secrets of the craft. Find out why certain songs appeal to certain people but not to others, how to get a song to appeal to the widest audience possible, and how to effectively choose words that will tie a whole song together perfectly. From essential vocabulary and grammar, to exercises where really learn something new, to a little bit of music theory, you now have the crayons to draw out a song that can score a Perfect 10.

Anastasia Karalekas is a songwriter who writes reviews for the Muses Muse website.

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  A Good Book Challenges the Way You Think.  A Great Book Changes the Way You Think --
You'll never look at songwriting the same way again!
 

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Songcrafters' Coloring Book

 

Grammy-winning song "Donkey in a Ditch,  co-written by  Les Julian and Bill Pere" is perhaps the best children's song about a moral dilemma ever written"   --  Parents' Choice Magazine

In December 2008, Bill Pere was named "One of the Top 50 Innovators, Iconoclasts, Groundbreakers and Guiding Lights of the Music Industry"  by Music Connection Magazine.

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