Murphy's Laws of Songwriting: The Book

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Revised 2013 About the Book

Achieving "hit writer" status has always been a formidable goal for any songwriter. Never more so however than in the 21st century. Catching the ear of the monumentally distracted, fragmented listener has never been more difficult. Getting their attention, inviting them in to your song and keeping them there for long enough for your song to become "their song" requires more than being just a "good" songwriter. Murphy's Laws of Songwriting "The Book" ...

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Overview

Revised 2013 About the Book

Achieving "hit writer" status has always been a formidable goal for any songwriter. Never more so however than in the 21st century. Catching the ear of the monumentally distracted, fragmented listener has never been more difficult. Getting their attention, inviting them in to your song and keeping them there for long enough for your song to become "their song" requires more than being just a "good" songwriter. Murphy's Laws of Songwriting "The Book" arms the songwriter for success by demystifying the process and opening the door to serious professional songwriting. Hall of fame songwriter Paul Williams said in his review of the book "If there was a hit songwriters secret handshake Da Murphy would probably have included it."

About the Author
Ralph Murphy, songwriter, has been successful for five decades. Consistently charting songs in an ever-changing musical environment makes him a member of that very small group of professionals who make a living ding what they love to do. Add to that the platinum records as a producer, the widely acclaimed Murphy's Laws of Songwriting articles used as part of curriculum at colleges, universities, and by songwriter organizations, his success as the publisher and co-owner of the extremely successful Picalic Group of Companies and you see a pattern of achievement based on more than luck.

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Music Square One - Steve More
Ralph Murphy and I met through Keith Sykes back in the early 90′s and subsequently become “flatmates” as he liked to put it…for about three or more years. He was great to have around as he was really NEVER around – as Ralph is one of the HARDEST WORKING people you will EVER meet in the Music Business! But we had a great deal – as he introduced me to some of the biggest players in the Music Industry!
His day would start pretty early as he had his two
Cashbox Magazine Canada - Don Grahm
The reason I was asked to review this book is that as a songwriter I would have a perspective on its contents unique to the Cashbox Canada staff. There are course countless books on songwriting but most of them state the obvious and at the end of the day nothing really is gained from reading them. I had a feeling from knowing Ralph Murphy, mostly by reputation and track record, no pun intended, but also having met him through my longtime publisher Brian Chater that this would be an important boo
American Songwriter - Evan Schlansky
Rating: 3 ½ Stars
There are a lot of songwriting books on the market that are music business-based, others that devote equal parts to the biz and the craft, and a couple of noteworthy ones that stand out for their lyric-writing emphasis. Murphy’s book compiles new material and archived articles into an entertaining read that, more than anything, digs into the nuts and bolts of song structure and lends perspective to the mysterious connection between songwriter, song and audienc
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615416595
  • Publisher: Murphy Music Consulting, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/5/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 518,479
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ralph Murphy, songwriter, has been successful for five decades. Consistently charting songs in an ever-changing musical environment makes him a member of that very small group of professionals who make a living ding what they love to do. Add to that the platinum records as a producer, the widely acclaimed Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting articles used as part of curriculum at colleges, universities, and by songwriter organizations, his success as the publisher and co-owner of the extremely successful Picalic Group of Companies and you see a pattern of achievement based on more than luck.

Passion driven, with a desire to know how, what, when, where and who have him a formidable insider force. He is in worldwide demand as a lecturer on songwriting and has “guested” at universities, colleges, and professional songwriter organizations around the globe. Murphy has served as President of The Nashville Chapter of the Recording Academy; ad has been a NARAS National Trustee and President of the Nashville Songwriters Association International. As well as serving as Vice President for the International and Domestic membership Group of the American Society of Composers Authors an Publishers, he also has served on the Southern Regional Writers Advisory Board of ASCAP, the Songwriters Guild of America regional advisory board and is a member of NSAI, NARAS, CMA, CCMA, SAC, SGA, and ASCAP.

During the annual CMA International Reception held on Nov. 7 as part of festivities around "The 45th Annual CMA Awards," Ralph Murphy, songwriter, producer and VP of ASCAP Nashville, was given the 2011 Jo Walker-Meador International Award. The Award was presented by CMA CEO Steve Moore.
"The industry has been more than generous with all the Irish, the Canadians, the Norwegians, the Australians, the Dutch, the Germans - everyone who's come here to play Country Music," said Murphy. "And it's always been more than generous with me. You can't ask for more in life than a chance and an opportunity of someone being fair with you."
The Jo Walker-Meador International Award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual or company in advocating and supporting Country Music's marketing development in territories outside the United States. It was named in honor of former CMA Executive Director (1959-1991) and Country Music Hall of Fame member Jo Walker-Meador.
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