The Song Machine
My BIG picture goal is to write legendary music. So I spend a lot of time researching how to improve my songwriting skills, because honestly, I'm not a natural at it.
Anyone who's delved into the music business a little bit can tell you there's a hierarchy and a team of people behind every song that gets put out (record label, publisher, performance rights organization aka PRO), and sometimes, one member of this web is a ghost writer.
The Song Machine by John Seabrook is the story of a curious journalist who discovered pop music as a way to get closer to his son, or "the Boy," as he calls him, which piqued his interest enough to research what goes into hit music and what types of minds are functioning behind the glitz and glam of celebrity front people.
In his introduction he asks,
"Who are the hit makers? They are enormously influential culture shapers - the Spielbergs and Lucases of our national headphones - and yet they are mostly anonymous. Directors of films are public figures, but the people behind pop songs remain in the shadows, taking aliases, by necessity of not by choice, in order to preserve the illusion that the singer is the author of the song."
Awesome book. Can't wait to eat it up.