Songwriter. Audio Engineer. Teacher and Musician. These are a few of the hats worn by Chicago-native Michael Droste. Having earned a Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Education, his songwriting is the perfect mix of musical craft and sparkling creativity. A long- time veteran teacher of Audio/MIDI and composition at Waubonsee College, his passion for music thrives. His main songwriting goals are to “write a great melody” and “paint a clear picture in the listener’s mind.” No matter the subject, Mike’s ability to fuse melody and lyrics makes his songs stand out in a crowd. Mike can currently be found recording original music in his home studio in Peoria IL.
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Music Row is a historic district located to the southwest of downtown Nashville, Tennessee, United States, that is home to numerous businesses related to music, predominantly the country music, gospel music, and contemporary Christian music industries.
A map of the Music Row district in Nashville
Centered on 16th and 17th Avenues South (called Music Square East and Music Square West, respectively, within the Music Row area), along with several side streets, Music Row is widely considered the heart of Nashville's entertainment industry.
In this area, one will find the offices of numerous record labels, publishing houses, music licensing firms, recording studios, video production houses, along with other businesses who serve the music industry, as well as radio networks, and radio stations.
Within media, MusicRow Magazine has been a music industry resource reporting on the location for over 30 years. Lacy J. Dalton had a hit song in the 1980s about one of the streets, 16th Avenue, while the area served as namesake to Dolly Parton's 1973 composition "Down on Music Row".
Sometimes the term "Music Row" is used as a metonymous nickname for the music industry as a whole, just as "Madison Avenue" often refers to the advertising industry. In present years, the district has been marked for extensive historical preservation and local as well as national movements to revive its rich and vibrant history. A group dedicated to this mission is the Music Industry Coalition.
Historic sites such as RCA's famed Studio B and Studio A, where hundreds of notable and famous musicians have recorded, are situated on Music Row. Country music entertainers Roy Acuff and Chet Atkins have also been memorialized with streets named in their honor within the area.
The first Country Music Hall of Fame was located at the corner of Music Square East and Division Street from April 1967 to December 2000, but the building has since been torn down and the museum moved to a new state-of-the-art building eleven blocks away in Downtown Nashville in May 2001
One area of Music Row, along Demonbreun Street, was once littered with down-market tourist attractions and vanity "museums" of various country music stars. These began to disappear in the late 1990s with the announced move of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The strip sat largely vacant for a few years but has been recently redeveloped with a number of upscale restaurants and bars serving the Downtown and Music Row areas.
At the confluence of Demonbreun Street, Division Street, 16th Avenue South, and Music Square East is the "Music Row Roundabout," a circular intersection designed to accommodate a continuous flow of traffic. Flanking the intersection to the west is Owen Bradley Park, a very small park dedicated to notable songwriter, performer, and publisher Owen Bradley. Within the park is a life-size bronze statue of Bradley behind a piano. Inside the roundabout is a large statue called the "Musica"
At the other end of Music Row, across Wedgewood Avenue sits the Belmont University campus, and Vanderbilt University is also adjacent to the area. Belmont is of particular note because of its Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business (CEMB), part of Belmont University and a major program in its commercial music performance division.
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Popular Rock/Pop Musical Form: Intro A B A B C B B Fade Out - OR restated as Intro, Verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus, Chorus, and Fade Out Each section is usually 8 bars. There can be additional sections, such as a short 1 to 4 bar section that acts as a lead in to a chorus, or other sections.
Usually, the chord progression from the end of a verse to the chorus is V to I or in the key of C, V = G chord whose notes are G, B, D to the I = C chord whose notes are C, E, G. The V to I progression is the strongest pull in music. So, bar eight of the verse is usually a V chord, pulling to the I chord in the first bar of the chorus.
The different sections should stand out as distinctly different pieces of music with different chords, different instruments, and different drumbeats. A song should BUILD over time and increase in intensity.
Intro – A flashy guitar lick, a unique drum fill, a bass slap, or a unique sound effect: DO SOMETHING to get the listener’s attention, then go off into the groove of the first verse.
Verse 1 – KEEP IT SIMPLE, bass, guitar, keys, bass drum, snare, and hi hat. – Set the Feel: ATTITUDE!
Chorus 1 – Again, SIMPLE, but add a tambourine or perhaps some auxiliary percussion, perhaps change the bass sound to a more intense faster attack type of sound. (Example: finger bass in verse, slap bass in the chorus) Don’t forget to change the beat and rhythm! Change the guitar sound and keyboard sound. (Example: use a muted guitar in the verse and a distorted guitar in the chorus.)
Verse 2 – Re-Record all the parts, they will end up slightly different (it will sound great!) BUILD the song add a soft pad in fifths or fourths in the background. Add a handclap or tambourine on beats 2 and 4.
Chorus 2 – Do everything you did in the first chorus, but add a prominent string pad and more cymbal crashes, and use the crown ride cymbal! (great sound) even add SLIGHTLY more drum fills + percussion etc..
Bridge – You have three (or more) choices for this section. IT SHOULD BE TOTALLY DIFFERENT FROM THE VERSE OR CHORUS. (Some composers use musical fragments from the chorus and develop them here)
(1) Continue with the energy from the previous chorus and BUILD to the next chorus with new music and instruments.
(2) Break down the drum beats, or go into a half time feel section
(3) Play a solo, guitar, organ, vocal syllables etc…
Chorus 3 – Everything as before and throw in the kitchen sink!
Chorus 4 – In this final chorus, save background oohs and ahs, for this section and kick it into a higher gear by saving the crown cymbal sound for here. Perhaps raise the strings up and octave and of course write a different string part!
Fade Out – You can simply fade out, or some slick writers have added an additional section of music that no one has heard and fade out on that part – (Example: a new drum groove or guitar based lick.)
The above form is just ONE method for writing a song! There are MILLIONS of different instrument combinations, song forms, and musical genres. That is what makes composing FUN!