By Ruby Chunn on Thursday, July 28th 2016 in Interesting Articles,News

Many decades ago even the sublime wordsmiths of the world understood the power of songwriting.  Here is Hilaire Belloc – the esteemed poet and writer. He is regarded by the French as more French than English. The English think he’s more English than the French. It’s not our concern really but we like what he […]

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By Ruby Chunn on Tuesday, July 12th 2016 in Cityscape

  I walked into Wellington College feeling completely out of my depth. Realization now kicking in as to why my brother didn’t like coming to my all-girls school. Now this day was anything but calm. In the 20 minutes it took me to walk there, I had experienced high winds, rain, hail, thunder and lightning. […]

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By Ruby Chunn on Tuesday, July 12th 2016 in Cityscape

by Gabby Stoddard   A topic that has been brought up in the New Zealand education system over the past few years is “ where is the draft Achievement Standard on Songwriting at?”. I have been discussing this topic with a few important leaders of this discussion. They are Jeni Little and Trevor Thwaites who […]

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By Ruby Chunn on Monday, June 20th 2016 in Interesting Articles,Interviews

NEIL FINN’S SECRETS OF SUCCESSFUL SONGWRITING Beware! Reading this chapter does not guarantee you instant commercial success, a fast car and endless free beer! And, although it pains us to even suggest it, it’s also doubtful that once your sponge-like brain has absorbed all the gritty information waiting here to be divulged, you will run up to your guitar, bass […]

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By Ruby Chunn on Sunday, June 19th 2016 in Interesting Articles,Interviews,News

SONGWRITING AND APRA   The people who write music take a back seat when it comes to the fame but they do rather well when it comes to fortune. That’s not surprising. No music writers, no music. Years ago, music writers lived in a separate world from the musicians and singers. Their representatives (music publishers) hawked their songs around to […]

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By Ruby Chunn on Sunday, June 19th 2016 in Cityscape

Gabby Stoddard is writing for Strange World.  Who is she? Hi, I’m Gabby Stoddard and I have the privilege to be the Auckland correspondent for Strange World website. I am in my final year ( Yr13 ) of high school studying at Green Bay High. I thrive from all creative areas of life and extend […]

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By Ruby Chunn on Sunday, June 19th 2016 in Cityscape

Indi Batkin is writing for Strange World. Who is she?   The name given to me is India, however, most prefer Indi. I could tell you what I study, all my interests and other classic ice breaker facts, instead I will attempt to interest you. Born in Florida you could say I had an extra-ordinary […]

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By Laurie on Sunday, June 12th 2016 in Interesting Articles

If we could SEE songs they would be luminous trails in the breath of space. And from there, they drift down to us and we absorb them. We respond emotionally to every one we hear. That might be in the subconscious, that might be in our present mindfulness. The ones we can sense are like […]

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2 responses to “Thoughts by Mike”

  1. Laurie says:

    Cool article Mike, love reading it.

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