The Songbook Blog

Spotlights, Weekly Columns, Interviews and more from the Great American Songbook Foundation family!

10/11/2019
Today's Song: "A Change is Gonna Come"
The latest addition to “My All-time Greatest Songs” is Sam Cooke’s beautiful, inspirational, and unforgettable “A Change Is Gonna Come.”
10/11/2019
Advice from an Alum: Unifieds!
Songbook Academy Alum Lucy Breedlove takes us through the next stage of the College Audition process: Unifieds!
9/27/2019
Today's Song: "Because"
What is YOUR favorite Beatles song? This week’s addition to “My All-time Greatest Songs” is "Because" by the Beatles!
9/27/2019
Advice from an Alum: Scheduling your College Auditions!
Songbook Academy Alum Lucy Breedlove takes us through the next stage of the College Audition process: Scheduling your College Auditions!
9/20/2019
Advice from an Alum: College Pre-Screens
Songbook Academy Alum Lucy Breedlove takes us through the next stage of the College Audition process: Pre-Screens!
9/13/2019
Advice from an Alum: Academic Applications
Songbook Academy Alum Lucy Breedlove takes us through the second stage of the College Audition process: Academic Applications!
9/13/2019
Today's Song: "Misty"
Who doesn’t love “Misty”? This week’s addition to “My All-time Greatest Songs” may be one of the most popular and recorded songs ever. ASCAP named it as one of the 25 most performed standards of the 20th Century.
9/12/2019
In the Archives: On the MOVE again!
Why is our archivist, Lisa, burning the candle at both ends as of late? The Great American Songbook Foundation is about to install brand new state-of-the art shelving that will double our available space in the Songbook Archives. EVERYTHING must be moved!
9/6/2019
Advice from an Alum: The College Audition Trail!
Songbook Academy Alum Lucy Breedlove gives us the inside scoop on the college audition process from choosing schools to Audition Day!
9/6/2019
Today's Song: "Stranger in Paradise"
The latest selection for “My All-time Greatest Songs” is Stranger in Paradise. This song features hauntingly beautiful music and lyrics and has a very complex background story that begins in Russia.
8/30/2019
Today's Song: "Different Drum"
My choice this week for My All-time Greatest Songsis “Different Drum,” and it’s unique from previous selections. Usually, my favorites are based on the song itself, rather than the performer. “Different Drum” became one of my songs only when Linda Ronstadt recorded it as Stone Poneys in 1967.
8/16/2019
Today's Song: "Operator"
This week’s selection for My All-time Greatest Songs is Jim Croce’s “Operator.” It is sometimes described as “Operator (That’s Not the Way It Feels)” to distinguish it from similarly titled songs. When I hear those opening guitar notes, I feel a thrill to listen once again to this favorite of mine. Jim Croce wrote and performed a number of songs that have become popular standards, but to me this one stands out.