||In a Muse's Shoes
By Jan Fabyankovic
© 2008-2011, Jan Fabyankovic. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission (Please do not reprint without asking permission!)
I have been writing creative fiction, poems and songs since I was 10 years old and the passion never stopped. Song ideas cowering deep inside emerge in me and other songwriters through different modes of expression. Sometimes I'm inspired by conversations, life events, human experiences, social issues and movies and books that evoke my emotions. Also interviewing performing artists and attending concerts as a newspaper reviewer coupled with lush landscapes of dreams and nightmares revealing my soul's expression taps my spring of inspiration. Often I have to let the idea percolate while other times the whole lyric and music just erupts out of me. Since I never know when the muse will pass my way you'll always find me with a pen and pad in my hand for opportune moments.
What works for me
may not necessarily work for another songwriters that I will interview for my column. A few writers' lives and songs are like open books while others prefer to communicate in mysterious, deeper compositions The best songs are the ones that create strong empathetic connections between the writer and listener. Throughout the ages, we are all basically the same emotionally and experience love, loss, joy, fear, sorrow in one way or another. For me there is nothing that compares to a listener who is helped or inspired by my creations.
A short bio
Interview With Robin Frederick -
Robin talks about the difference between radio hit songs and film & TV songs, how a music supervisor decides whether or not to use a song, what the best way is for songwriters to get their songs used in film and TV, and many more relevant and interesting topics in this informative interview.
With A Little Help From My Friends -
One of my 2011 New Year's resolutions is to find a way to improve my songwriting skills by getting “Tips from the Tops.” I wanted to share my music research with the Muses Muse viewers hoping it will be also aid you to compose the best music and write professional, catchy lyrics. As a member of TAXI, my first interview is with Michael Laskow, founder and CEO of TAXI, the world's leading independent A&R company. For those unfamiliar with TAXI, this organization connects unsigned artists, bands and songwriters with major record labels, publishers and film/TV companies. Since it takes a brilliant song to conquer the major music maze, TAXI has numerous ways to educate folks on the techniques necessary to write a hit song.
Alan O'Day ("Angie Baby" writer) said his new CD "made his day." -
An interview with the hit singer-songwriter of "Undercover Angel" and "Angie Baby", who has released his first new album in 28 years.
Kristy Jackson Interview in honor of September 11 victims -
In the aftermath of September 11, Kristy Jackson wrote a song that ended up touching the world when her song, “Little Did She Know (She’d Kissed A Hero)” found its way to radio and became the #1 most requested song on the largest radio stations in New York city.
Kristy donated all of her songwriting royalties as a result of airplay and half the net proceeds and has raised over $26,000 for 9/11 charities.
Interview with Beeb Birtles -
A Q&A interview with Beeb Birtles who is a founding member of the Australian group, Little River Band, now on his own and still making the music he loves.
Interview With Jon Ims -
This is a Q/A interview with Jon Ims who wrote Trisha Yearwood’s #1 breakout hit single "She’s In Love With The Boy" which was named BMI’s Song Of The Year in 1992 in addition to other great songs.
Jan Fabyankovic, is an
entertainment writer and songwriter (30 years) for various publications
and performing artists. She interviewed numerous performing artists,
songwriters and other celebrities such as; Taylor Dayne, Paul McCartney,
Reba McEntire, Randy Travis etc.
As a PR Representative, Talent Scout,
Publicist, Billboard awards winner, Entertainment Producer for KDKA
television and disc jockey/voice-over talent for numerous radio
stations, Jan developed a variety of communication skills.
As Cathy G.
Charities' PR Representative, she maintains their website, www.cathygcharities.com,
in addition to other creative functions. Jan donates most of her
creative proceeds to the charity that assists the homeless and shelters
especially “starving artists.” The charity was started by disc jockey,
Gary Greisinger, who lost his songwriter/singer daughter in a fire six