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Summary

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter is an amusing and poignant memoir about songwriter Shelly Peiken's journey from young girl falling under the spell of magical songs to working professional songwriter writing hits of her own, penning culturally resonant, female-empowerment anthems such as Christina Aguilera's number-one hit "What A Girl Wants" and Meredith Brooks' smash "Bitch". It's about growing up, the creative process the highs and the lows, the conflicts that arise between motherhood and career success, the divas and schemers, but also the talented and remarkable people she's found along the way. It's filled with stories and step-by-step advice about the songwriting process, especially collaboration. And it's about the challenge of staying relevant in a rapidly changing and youth-driven world. As Shelly so eloquently states in Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: ''If I had to come up with one X factor that I could cite as a characteristic most hit songs have in common (and this excludes hit songs that are put forth by an already well-oiled machine...that is, a recording artist who has so much notoriety and momentum that just about anything he or she releases, as long as it's 'pretty good,' will have a decent shot at succeeding), I would say it would be: A universal sentiment in a unique frame.''

Peiken has tapped the universal sentiment again and again; her songs have been recorded by such artists as Christina Aguilera, Natalie Cole, Selena Gomez, Celine Dion, the Pretenders, and others. In Confessions of a Serial Songwriter, she pulls the curtain back on the music business from the perspective of a behind-the-scenes hit creator and shares invaluable insight into the craft of songwriting.

©2016, 2017 Shelly Peiken (P)2017 Shelly Peiken

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  • Debra Mitchell-Adams
  • 16-07-18

Great book on songwriting. A kindred spirit!

Narration was perfection. Story was engaging and so real. I'm sure we've known each other in another life. So many parallels to my own journey as a singer, song writer signed to Island and Warner Bros. in the 90's. Now finding my own career in "the gap." Thank you for helping me give myself permission not to have all the answers. Thank you also for validating so many of my thoughts on the craft of songwriting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-05-18

An informative look inside the industry

As a longtime consumer of music, this book was an informative look inside the industry, it might even inspire you to take notice of the moments in your daily travels that make up the songs of our lives.
Loved it.

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  • Carson
  • 29-01-18

Helpful Music Life Info

Didn’t get as technical as I thought it would but I’m happy to hear what life is like as a songwriter and how writing workshops work especially! Was a fun listen. Thanks Shelly.

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  • Tamara Gold
  • 16-08-17

Inspiring Read!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Love the book! Not only are the stories wonderful, the way the author reads the book is perfect! I've listened to my fair share of audible books, and really, this one is spot on! Inspiring. The stories illustrate how a creative life unfolds in the most amazing ways. A must read for any creative soul pursuing their dreams.