I awoke several mornings ago with the beginnings of a song in the music of our heart. I grabbed my iPhone quickly before the “chorus” vanished from my head into the ether. I wrote the four lines into Notes, reading them and smiling to myself that I had the beginning of a song.

I’ve never written a song chorus before in my life. It was a moment that has inspired me. I envisioned sitting at the Baldwin piano in my house with blank sheet music paper, plunking on the keys and creating a melody. I hope I can write the rest of the song.

So why am I sharing all of this with my readers? Because I have discovered an iPhone app that may make my songwriting and perhaps yours more proficient. The app is named Hum.

Hum combines note-taking and audio recording into a single app for capturing and organizing all your songwriting ideas.

The thought occurred to me that I could take the chorus from Notes and move those four lines into Hum.

So I took the impulsive next step. I downloaded the Hum $1.99 app and began experimenting with it. I felt elated and overwhelmed at the same time.

I trust I made the right investment 😉

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Janis Ian – Society’s Child

Cover of "Society's Child: My Autobiograp...
Cover of Society's Child: My Autobiography

I continue with this week’s music blog theme, notable female singer/songwriters. Today I focus my thoughts and energies on Janis Ian.

Janis Ian’s music and lyrics had a monumental effect on me growing up. Her song “Society’s Child” reached deep within me me as 15 year old sophomore in high school.  I was raised below the poverty line in a housing project which had over 200 families. Interracial dating was happening in my neighborhood and Janis’s song really hit home. Janis Ian “Society;s Child” when she was 13 years of age. I purchased her first long playing record (LP), Janis Ian on Verve Folkways in the summer of 1967. The album was produced by legendary 60’s record producer George “Shadow” Morton, who introduced and produced my favorite girl group of all time The Shangri-Las.