Songs have the amazing ability to cut straight through to the heart of the listener and our job as songwriters is to touch, convince, seduce or shock our way in.
Those who say they write only for themselves are missing something. You must please yourself, but it’s the audience that reigns supreme and can only be served by someone who has mastered the art.
There are many methods to creating great songs, and these can be learned but you have to couple the craft with an honesty and audacity that has to come from you and can’t be taught. Inspiration also can’t be taught, but it can be used.
In my class next week, I want to inspire you to go to the next step in your writing and take you to the place where artistic success truly lies. It’s not important to only write commercially, but a great song has the best chance of being so.
You would be surprised how easy and yet deceptive it is to find your sweet spot as a writer. Your tools are honesty, receipt, shock, repetition, sound, melody, originality and color. You need to challenge your comfort zone forever and never settle for the quick and easy. If you open your mind and heart to me next week, I guarantee you that you will leave a changed artist.
Join Andre's class Saturday, April 16 in San Francisco. Free to WCS members; $25 non-members
ABOUT ANDRE PESSIS
Andre has had 6 hit songs and been on 7 number one albums including the Bonnie Raitt “Luck Of The Draw” multi platinum CD that won 3 Grammys. Andre has had over 150 cuts on major releases including the HBO Movie “Grey Gardens” that won 6 Emmies and 2 Golden Globes. He has 13 Platinum records and one Diamond album (ten platinum), and 4 ASCAP awards for one of the most played songs of the year.
He has been recorded by: Huey Lewis and The News, MR Big, Tim McGraw, Waylon Jennings, Journey, The Dead, Ratdog, Southern Pacific, Glenn Medeiros, Ann Wilson of Heart, Tak Matsumoto, The Stylistics, Gregg Rolie, Paul Carrack and Laura Branigan. He has 6 songs on the Mickey Hart record “Superorganism”, some of which he wrote with Robert Hunter.
He has had songs on major Motion pictures including the theme song from “Pink Cadillac” (Clint Eastwood), a song on “I Love you Phillip Morris (Jim Carrey) as well as numerous TV shows including: Sesame Street”, the theme song for the CBS Prime time reality show “There Goes The Neighborhood” as well as the Theme song for “Pride Fighting”
The song “The World Is On The Way”, recorded by MR Big was voted song of the year in Japan in 2012.
He was President of the San Francisco chapter of “The Recording Academy” and a Governor for more than eleven years.
He has taught the business and craft of songwriting at WCS, and UCSF Sonoma State.