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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
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"The Craft of Lyric Writing" - Sheila Davis (Writers Digest Books, 1984)
"Successful Lyric Writing" - Sheila Davis (Beekman Books, 1990)
"Songwriters Idea Book" - Sheila Davis (Writers Digest Books, 1992)
"The Craft and Business of Songwriting" - John Braheny (F&W Publications, 1995)
"Writing Better Lyrics" - Pat Pattison (Writers Digest Books 2001)
"The Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure" - Pat Pattison (Berklee Press, 1991)
"The Essential Guide to Rhyming" - Pat Pattison (Berklee Press, 1991)
"Songcrafters' Coloring Book: The Essential Guide to Effective and Successful
Songwriting" - Bill Pere (Connecticut Songwriting Academy Press 2009)   (2nd Edition, 2010)

"Melody In Songwriting" - Jack Perricone (Berklee Press, 2000)
"Harmony" Jimmy Kachulis (Berklee Press, 2004)
"The Norton Manual of Music Notation" George Heussenstamm (W.W. Norton, 1987)
"The Technique of Orchestration" Kent Wheeler Kennan (Prentice-Hall, 1970)
"On the Sensations of Tone" - Hermann Helmholtz (Dover Books, 1954)
"This is Your Brain on Music" - Daniel J. Levitin. (Plume/Penguin, 2007)
"Lessons in Songwriting: Melody, the Core of a Great Song" - Louis Anthony deLise (2014)

"Doing Our Own Thing:: The Degradation of Language and Music" by John McWhorter (Gotham Books, 2003)
"Stress and Non-stress Accent" - Mary E. Beckman (Walter de Gruyter 1986)
"Crazy English" Richard Lederer (Pocket Books, 1989)
"Phonetics" Bertil Malmberg (Dover Publications 1963)
"Eats, Shoots, and Leaves" Lynne Truss (Gotham Books 2003)
"Deep Listening" Robert Haskell (Perseus Publishing, 2001)
"Words that Work: It's Not What You Say, It's What People Hear"- Dr. Frank Luntz
(Hyperion, 2007)
"On Writing" Stephen King (Pocket Books, 2002)
"Get Thee to a Punnery" Richard Lederer (Wyrick & Co., 1988)
"The Stuff of Thought" Stephen Pinker (Viking Press, 2007)
"Palindromes and Anagrams" Howard W. Bergerson (Dover Books, 1973)
"Songcrafters' Coloring Book: The Essential Guide to Effective and Successful
Songwriting" - Bill Pere (Connecticut Songwriting Academy Press 2009)


"Electrify My Soul: Songwriters and the Spiritual Source" Dan Kimpel,
(Artist Pro, 2007)
The Path of Least Resistance Robert Fritz (Fawcett Columbine, 1984)

"Music Law" How to Run Your Band's Business" - Richard Stim (Nolo Press 2006)
"How to Get Somewhere in the Music Business from Nowhere with Nothing"
by Mary Dawson (CQK Books, 2007)
"This Business of Music" - M. William Krasilovsky and Sidney Shemel
(Billboard Books, 1979-2008)
"Masters of Songwriting"  - Dennis R. Sinnott,  (Music TipSheet, 2009)
"Doing Our Own Thing:: The Degradation of Language and Music" by John McWhorter (Gotham Books, 2003)


"Please Understand Me" - David Keirsey and Marilyn Bates (Prometheus Nemesis Books 1984)
"Type Talk" - Otto Krueger and Janet M. Thuesen (Tilden Press 1989)
"Gifts Differing"- Isabel Briggs Myers (Davies-Black Publishing 1980)
"Louder Than Words: The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning" Benjamin K. Bergen (Basic Books, 2012)
"Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from
Everybody Else " - Geoff Colvin (Portfolio, 2008)
"Outliers: The Story of Success" - Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown, & Company, 2008)
"Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking" - Malcolm Gladwell
"The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference" - Malcolm Gladwell
                                                                                       (Bay Back Books, 2002)
"The Science of Influence: How to Get Anyone to Say Yes in 8 Minutes or Less""
Kevin Hogan (John Wiley & Sons, 2005)
"Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions" - Dan Ariely
(Harper Collins, 2008)
"Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior " - Ori Brafman (Bantam Dell 2008)
"Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable" - Seth Godin 
                                                                                     (Portfolio Hardcover 2003)
"The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" -Thomas Kuhn (Univ. Chicago Press, 1996)
"Microtrends" Mark J. Penn (Twelve Books, 2007)
"The Wal-Mart Effect" Charles Fishman (Penguin Books 2006)


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