hit songwriter, songwriting

Desmond Child’s ASCAP Interview

Desmond Child at ASACP

ASCAP’s Playback magazine has a great interview with hit songwriter extraordinaire Desmond Child (Clay Aiken “Invisible”, Aerosmith “Dude Looks Like a Lady”, Bon Jovi “You Give Love a Bad Name”, Kelly Clarkson “Before Your Love”, Ricky Martin “Livin’ la Vida Loca”). Child is an expert at co-writing and has some great tips for budding and pro songwriters alike.

His main songwriting method is to find a great title and then write lyrics that support the idea behind the title. I can see how this helps focus several people toward the same goal. There’s a much bigger chance of having a fruitful co-writing session this way.

Songwriting also runs in his family as he mentions remembering how his mom used to place her songs herself. Apparently, she’s still getting checks for these efforts.

songwriter, Songwriters, songwriting, XecretCode, Xsong

New XecretCode Web Site Online

XecretCode Web Site

In preparation for the release of Xsong v.1.0, I’ve put up the new XecretCode web site. This removes the old confusing SonoGraphx web site which I used as a stand in for a few months. For now, I’m still preparing version 1.0, but after the release, I’ll have a couple of screencasts to demonstrate some of the most interesting features.

In order to make things more manageable, I will release the Windows version first around April 25th, then will work my way toward a Mac OS-X release a few weeks later. Thanks to everyone for their patience.

Man, I love writing software, but after 15 years of programming, releasing a 1.0 is still a dreadful task. However, once you see the software in action, I think you’ll agree that it was all worth it.