The Songwriter In Me: Snapshots of My Creative Process, written by singer songwriter and three time nominee for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Songwriter of The Year award, Donna Ulisse, is now available as an e-book. As more readers move to reading books on various electronic devices, Hadley Music Group wanted to ensure that Ulisse’s book was available in a digital format. Readers can now find it in the Amazon Kindle store, Barnes and Noble Nook store and as an iBook in iTunes.
The Songwriter In Me unfolds like a visit with an old friend — down-home, easygoing, conversational — as Ulisse invites you in to “this beautiful place where I make music these days.” Peppered with personal anecdotes and generous insights, this handy book stands as a tribute to the power of the imagination.
You don’t have to be a songwriter to reap its benefits. Ulisse’s suggestions can help you whether you are writing a song, a poem, or a short story — or for that matter, a speech, a sermon or marketing copy. As the title of one early chapter says, “Creativity Keeps You Young,” and Ulisse stands as living proof, showing no signs of slowing down her prolific output of new songs and recordings, touring with her band The Poor Mountain Boys, and now teaching in her traveling songwriting workshops she is taking around the country called Songwriting Escape.
Ulisse also explains the mechanics of songwriting, such as rhyme, “syllable sense” and meter, and how she approaches the different parts of a song; discusses the joys (and necessity) of rewriting; and describes her process of “song scrapping,” or finding ideas for songs. She provides helpful tips for collaboration and shares some of her favorite tools of the trade, as well as other outlets to help you in your songwriting journey. Along the way, Ulisse offers numerous examples from her own rich catalog of songs and provides exercises that will help you hone your creative skills.
Learn more about Donna Ulisse at her website: www.donnaulisse.com