An Almost Unified Theory of Songwriting & Life

Brain teasers invite you; in contrast, brain embarrassers are songs listeners can’t get a handle on readily enough, causing them to give up and move on to another song. That contrast is but one of the many fine distinctions Mike Errico makes in this engaging, whimsical-and-yet-serious book about the art of crafting music. This episode spans a range from what constitutes a mission song (which lay out the story of the artist, e.g. Bruce Springsteen’s wanderlust), to what kind of flavor gets created depending on whether the melody starts on, before, or after the downbeat. Let’s take as Mike does some famous Beatles songs as a point of reference. Melodies that start on the downbeat feel authoritative (“Yesterday”). Melodies that start before the downbeat feel urgent, with the singer taking control (“She Loves You”). And those that follow the downbeat feel conversational (“All You Need Is Love”). Want to know about the Four Quadrants of Trust? That’s another reason to give this episode a listen.

Released today: episode #107 of my podcast series “Dan Hill’s EQ Spotlight,” featuring Mike Errico, discussing Music, Lyrics, and Life: A Field Guide for the Advancing Songwriter. Click on https://newbooksnetwork.com/category/special-series/dan-hills-eq-spotlight to get to the new episode.

Images of author Mike Errico and his new book titled "Music, Lyrics, and Life: A Field Guide for the Advancing Songwriter" for Dan Hill's EQ Spotlight Podcast, episode number 107, titled "An Almost Unified Theory of Songwriting & Life". Available on the "NewBooks Network" Podcast.

Mike Errico is a New York-based record artist, writer, and lecturing professor at universities including Yale, Wesleyan, and NYU. Besides international touring, Mike has had his opinions and insights appear in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and elsewhere.

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Dan Hill, PhD, is the president of Sensory Logic, Inc. His latest book, available on Amazon is Blah, Blah, Blah: A Snarky Guide to Office Lingo.

Scrambled Eggs 25 – Mike Kerr

Need a quick laugh to go along with some food for thought? Then this and every session of Scrambled Eggs is perfect, as Dan Hill and his guest explore a key term from each author’s book and how it might lead to improved business practices.

In episode 25, I spoke with Mike Kerr, author of The Jerk-Free Workplace : How You Can Take the Lead to Create a Happier, More Inspiring Workplace.

We discussed terms that can be found in my new book:

Scrambled Eggs 24 – Rico Vallejos

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In episode 24, I spoke with Rico Vallejos, award-winning writer, translator, transcreator and copy editor of advertising and poetry in English and Spanish.

We discussed terms that can be found in my new book:

Scrambled Eggs 23 – Christine Kane

Need a quick laugh to go along with some food for thought? Then this and every session of Scrambled Eggs is perfect, as Dan Hill and his guest explore a key term from each author’s book and how it might lead to improved business practices.

In episode 23, I spoke with Christine Kane, author of The Soul-Sourced Entrepreneur: An Unconventional Success Plan for the Highly Creative, Secretly Sensitive, and Wildly Ambitious

We discussed the term MONETIZE: Along with scalability, entrepreneurs other favorite word when playing Scrabble.

This term and many more can be found in my new book:

Scrambled Eggs 22 – April Rinne

Need a quick laugh to go along with some food for thought? Then this and every session of Scrambled Eggs is perfect, as Dan Hill and his guest explore a key term from each author’s book and how it might lead to improved business practices.

In episode 22, I spoke with April Rinne, author of Flux: 8 Superpowers for Thriving in Constant Change.

We discussed the term COSMETIC CHANGES: When something should be massively re-done.

This term and many more can be found in my new book:

Scrambled Eggs 21 – Nika Kabiri

Need a quick laugh to go along with some food for thought? Then this and every session of Scrambled Eggs is perfect, as Dan Hill and his guest explore a key term from each author’s book and how it might lead to improved business practices.

In episode 21, I spoke with Nika Kabiri, author of Money off the Table: Decision Science and the Secret to Smarter Investing.

We discussed the term (being encouraged to) LEAN IN: The precursor to throwing up.

This term and many more can be found in my new book:

Scrambled Eggs 20 – Michele Wucker

Need a quick laugh to go along with some food for thought? Then this and every session of Scrambled Eggs is perfect, as Dan Hill and his guest explore a key term from each author’s book and how it might lead to improved business practices.

In episode 20, I spoke with Michele Wucker, author of You Are What You Risk: The New Art and Science of Navigating an Uncertain World.

We discussed the term (IT’S NOT) BRAIN SURGERY: Trying to explain a simple concept to executives suddenly unable to fathom a course of action which may have some risk and which they’re, therefore, loathe to be associated with.

This term and many more can be found in my new book:

Scrambled Eggs 19 – Mark Botros

Need a quick laugh to go along with some food for thought? Then this and every session of Scrambled Eggs is perfect, as Dan Hill and his guest explore a key term from each author’s book and how it might lead to improved business practices.

In episode 19, I spoke with Mark Botros, management consultant and host of the Life Works podcast.

We discussed the term MANAGING EXPECTATIONS: Telling the client small lies over time, rather than one big lie at the end of the project.

This term and many more can be found in my new book:

Scrambled Eggs 18 – Tim Houlihan

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In episode 18, I spoke with Tim Houlihan, founder of Behavior Alchemy and co-founder/co-host of the Behavioral Grooves podcast.

We discussed the term DELIVERABLES: Stuff that goes from your manager’s to-do list onto yours.

These term and many more can be found in my new book:

Scrambled Eggs 17 – David Avrin

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In episode 17, I spoke with David Avrin, the author of Why Customers Leave (and How to Win Them Back).

We discussed the term CALL MENU OPTIONS: The opportunity to scream “Representative” into your phone repeatedly.

These term and many more can be found in my new book: