Summary

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter is an amusing and poignant memoir about songwriter Shelly Peiken's journey from young girl falling under the spell of magical songs to working professional songwriter writing hits of her own, penning culturally resonant, female-empowerment anthems such as Christina Aguilera's number-one hit "What A Girl Wants" and Meredith Brooks' smash "Bitch". It's about growing up, the creative process the highs and the lows, the conflicts that arise between motherhood and career success, the divas and schemers, but also the talented and remarkable people she's found along the way. It's filled with stories and step-by-step advice about the songwriting process, especially collaboration. And it's about the challenge of staying relevant in a rapidly changing and youth-driven world. As Shelly so eloquently states in Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: ''If I had to come up with one X factor that I could cite as a characteristic most hit songs have in common (and this excludes hit songs that are put forth by an already well-oiled machine...that is, a recording artist who has so much notoriety and momentum that just about anything he or she releases, as long as it's 'pretty good,' will have a decent shot at succeeding), I would say it would be: A universal sentiment in a unique frame.''
Peiken has tapped the universal sentiment again and again; her songs have been recorded by such artists as Christina Aguilera, Natalie Cole, Selena Gomez, Celine Dion, the Pretenders, and others. In Confessions of a Serial Songwriter, she pulls the curtain back on the music business from the perspective of a behind-the-scenes hit creator and shares invaluable insight into the craft of songwriting.
©2016, 2017 Shelly Peiken (P)2017 Shelly Peiken
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By Daniel L. on 02-09-18

wonderful insight into the songwriting industry

A very personal and honest book about life as a songwriter ... a successful one :) I really enjoyed it .... thank you Shelly for letting us in ...

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By Debra Mitchell-Adams on 16-07-18

Great book on songwriting. A kindred spirit!

Narration was perfection. Story was engaging and so real. I'm sure we've known each other in another life. So many parallels to my own journey as a singer, song writer signed to Island and Warner Bros. in the 90's. Now finding my own career in "the gap." Thank you for helping me give myself permission not to have all the answers. Thank you also for validating so many of my thoughts on the craft of songwriting.

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By Amazon Customer on 09-05-18

An informative look inside the industry

As a longtime consumer of music, this book was an informative look inside the industry, it might even inspire you to take notice of the moments in your daily travels that make up the songs of our lives.
Loved it.

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