What People Say About
I think your songwriting book is a breath of fresh air in the world of strap-on-straightjacket "pop method" books. Having just endured a year of songwriting-formula feedback from a local organization (which I mistakenly paid to join seeking some creative community) I can really appreciate the kind of open-ended suggestions you offer.
Your short essay format I find very inviting, and what you have to say is clearly from your own experience so it rings true. The first thing that stuck for me was your advice about writing ideas down, which I've put to the test & now have quite a collection of sticky notes. It's true that you think you'll remember these ideas--until you forget!
Also your thoughts about the energetic aspects of writing and listening to music is something I've never heard expressed in quite this way before. The experience of "release" you describe, which is related to & informed by your T'ai Chi practice, can be developed to serve as an inner guide in the creative process. That along with your musings on mystery and inner genius really puts this book in a league of it's own--it's a small book with a very big mission.
I'm going to buy a couple more copies to give to friends!
Note: From the first time I ever heard Gene Burnett play and sing, I knew his songwriting was the real thing. And though we've performed & recorded together I've always considered him a mentor as well--and this book shares some of the heart and wisdom behind the songs that so many people have loved over the years. Do buy this book, and go to his website to listen to songs too!
Musician / Teacher
I have a whole library of books on songwriting. This one stands out because it is simple and to-the-point. It's a great way to get good, fast. By good, I mean able to get your message out, get your song written and get into people's hearts, the way Gene does when he sings the songs he's written. Gene's not witholding anything here - this is the real thing.
Public Speaker & Speaker Trainer
Fort Collins, CO
I've written dozens of songs over the years. I found Burnett's tips for songwriters to be concise, clear, and sharp. If you've got some clunky lyrics you want to bring to life or a hot riff missing the right words, pull this little book out for some guaranteed inspiration.