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Dolly Parton Autobiography Review: My Life and Other Unfinished Business

Dolly Partons Autobiography

Dolly Parton Autobiography? I'm in. I'm a big Dolly Parton fan, but if I'm being honest, I'm more of a fan of her as a person than her music or films. I think most people my age (Millennials/Gen Z) might be similar, because her music fame was "before our time" but she herself has remained an icon. Not knowing much about her besides her iconic looks, I was excited to learn more abo[...]

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The David Sedaris Masterclass: Will It Help Aspiring Writers?

David Sedaris MasterClass

You guys. I am so excited for this one. I am SUCH a huge David Sedaris fan. I've seen him live at a book reading, I own all of his books, and I've read every article I can get my hands on. It's pretty safe to say I'll be very biased when taking this course, however, I do want to see if it can actually help me. As you may know, I have a passion for writing. Not just songwriting, but es[...]

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Cool and Interesting Instruments Your Kids Will Enjoy Playing

Instruments become part of school curriculum in elementary/middle school. If your child is looking to play a musical instrument, there are three potential outcomes: They love it, become obsessed with it and become a virtuosoThey hate it and quit soonPerhaps the saddest option: They don't love or hate it. They remain indifferent about it until you suggest that they practice or try agai[...]

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Danny Elfman MasterClass: My Composing Results and Final Overview

Danny Elfman's Film Scoring MasterClass

We are at Part 4 of 4 of my Danny Elfman MasterClass review! I've finished the course and the self-directed final project (since there was no project for this class). I'm going to cover the final few classes as well as my overall opinion, and then you can laugh at my abysmal attempt at film scoring. *This post contains affiliate links Danny Elfman's MasterClass First, if you'[...]

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Danny Elfman MasterClass Review: How to Edit Film Scores

Danny Elfman's Film Scoring Masterclass

Danny Elfman is a renowned film composer and has a MasterClass on how to do what he does. This is part 3 of my 4-part review of Danny Elfman's MasterClass, where you learn to compose music for film. You can see parts one here and two here. This part discusses several movie case studies, score editing and why everyone in the music industry drives me to the brink of madness with their ri[...]

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How Canva Pro Can Help Musicians with Branding

How Musicians Can Use Canva

I've been a long-time user and fan of Canva. I started with the free version, used it for maybe a year, then switched to Pro. If you're a long-time reader, you know how I love trying things out to review them for you. Some have gotten better reviews that others, but I strive to be honest and thorough in each post. I'm going to tell you all of the ways Canva Pro can help songwriters, si[...]

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Danny Elfman MasterClass Review: Starting the Music (Part 2 of 4)

Danny Elfman MasterClass Reviews

This is Part 2 of my review of the Danny Elfman MasterClass, where he teaches scoring music for film. You can see Part 1 here, but let me give you a brief overview: Unlike previous MasterClasses I've taken, Danny Elfman's doesn't have a logical "flow" to the class structure. Every video stands on its own, so it was difficult to find a way to group the course. The groupings here are jus[...]

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The Danny Elfman MasterClass: Is It Worth The Money?

A Review of Danny Elfman MasterClass Review

If you're a regular here, you know I'm a big fan of MasterClass. So far I've done Christina Aguilera, Reba McEntire and Deadmau5. I wanted to try a different genre this time, and I love The Simpsons, so Danny Elfman seemed like a decent choice. This is the first of a four-part series, so please subscribe to stay updated on the course! Please note: MasterClass is an affiliate, which mea[...]

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Ranking Whitney Houston’s Music Videos from Worst to Best

All of Whitney Houston's Music Videos Ranked from Worst to Best

Yep, I'm doing this again. Deal with it because I Will Always Love Her. I have already written several posts about her, including how she influenced me (see here), all of her songs ranked in order (see here), and a review of her latest documentary (see here). So, I figure the only thing left now is to rank all of her music videos! Then I promise I’ll be done and will move onto a differe[...]

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All 133 of Whitney Houston’s Songs, Ranked from Worst to Best

All 126 of Whitney Houston's Songs, ranked from worst to best

Alright, so I’ve seen magazines do this with Taylor Swift, Madonna, Michael Jackson and a few others. I was waiting for the Whitney Houston one to come out (so I could discuss my opinion of it, obviously). For some reason, no one has written it yet, so I figured ‘why not just make mine right now?’ So, here is my totally scientific list of the definitive ranking of Whitney Houston’[...]