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Murphy's Laws of Songwriting

About Ralph Murphy

Born in England and raised in Canada, the well-traveled Ralph Murphy has worked extensively on both sides of the Atlantic during his music career. His first #1 song in Europe was "Call My Name" by James Royal (1966). After several years as an artist and producer, Ralph moved to New York in 1969 to produce the band April Wine (two gold albums; one platinum). In 1971, Ralph had his first Country hit in Nashville with "Good Enough To Be Your Wife," #2 for Jeannie C. Riley. By 1976, Ralph and business partner Roger Cook opened Pic-A-Lic Music in Nashville. During the decade of its existence, the company prospered, more of Ralph's songs became hits ("He Got You" for Ronnie Milsap; "Half The Way" for Crystal Gayle), and Ralph served as president of NSAI. Ralph is now Vice President for ASCAP Nashville.

Murphy's Laws of Songwriting - Official Site

And The Award Goes To...

A Look At The #1 Country Songs for 2004

The Song As A Script

The 7:00 A.M. Rule

What Publishers Really Want

Know Your Own Strengths

Overcoming "Writer's Assumption"

Looking Back on What's to Come

The Mighty Pronoun: The Little Big Word

Co-Writing with Established Songwriters

Making the Most of Your Songwriting Seminar

Why Not to Sing Your Own Demos

The Checklist

Your Demos: Dress Them for Success

The Realities of Co-Writing

Drawing Maximum Attention To Your Hook

More Tips

The "Nut"

Your Best Bet for a #1 Song

A Look At The #1 Songs Of 2002

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