Voices 4 One World

Franke Previte and Pamela Phillips Oland Revisit “One World” For Benefit Single (NEW YORK, NY) — New Jersey native and Oscar-winning songwriter Franke Previte (“(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” from Dirty Dancing) was spurred by the global pandemic to enlist ONE WORLD co-writer Pamela Phillips

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Great American Song Contest.

The Great American Song Contest

I’ve just finished being the final judge of the lyrics division of the Great American Song Contest. I have had the pleasure and honor of doing this judging for many years, and I always enjoy it. I’m fascinated by the

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Do it for the love of it

Do it for the love of it

Recently, I was invited to an album release party of a European entertainer, who has for many years made her home in Los Angeles. I know that when I first met her years ago, she envisioned great stardom and was

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Baggage?

Baggage? Moi?

Every year, we collect one more case of it. Mostly small stuff, a hurt here, a slight there, a let down, a misunderstanding. A job interview that fell flat, a song pitched that didn’t land. A promised cut that never

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Clarity is Being Simply Wonderful

Clarity is Being Simply Wonderful

Let me make myself crystal clear here: If you want your point of view to be heard, really heard, by your audience, there is no device like clarity. No cleverness or circularity can ever arrest your audience like nailing your

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For The Write Reasons

For The Write Reasons

I have heard of a hungry young band turning down a record deal because their contract contained no clause specifying limousines on call. I have heard of a wonderful little movie that won’t get picked up for distribution because the

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High Drama

High Drama

Do you know the difference between making honest mistakes in judgment that in some way hurt your chances or had the effect of holding you back; and making unconscious decisions or choices that have the effect of making you fail?

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Awareness Zone by Pamela Phillips-Oland

Awareness Zone

If you are not in the “Awareness Zone,” nothing that you read will be helpful. The hints contained in the pages you turn will simply be reams of words that you absorb with your eyes only, but not with your

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Nirvana by Pamela Phillips-Oland

Nirvana

I have often pondered the meaning of the Hindu concept of Nirvana, feeling a certain resignation that I probably will never know what it is. And then last night I had an absurdly clear flash of understanding (Nirvana?) in which

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Songwriting As Zen

Zen philosophy tells us there cannot be space between thought and action. Even a space as narrow as a hair’s breadth is too much. From the moment of its invention to your recognition of it, the processing of an idea

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Nothing To Fear But Fear

Nothing To Fear But Fear

U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said at his 1933 inauguration, “There is nothing we have to fear but fear itself.” This rousing speech to the American people was, “to dissipate the fear and panic which had laid a paralyzing hand

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Painting With A Full Palette

Painting With A Full Palette

I am, like you, just another person on the path of daily living and making sense of life. I believe we are all on this planet to learn some lessons and to evolve spiritually. As writers we need to draw

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Words of Wisdom to Songwriters

Words of Wisdom to Songwriters….

Over many years, people at book-signings have asked me to sign their books, and I find myself calling upon several ideas. Today, the Great American Song contest asked for ten autographed books. I inscribed each one with a unique thought

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There is Enough For Everyone

There is Enough For Everyone

Or…Self-pity Isn’t Pretty.   It hits you like Maxwell’s Silver Hammer coming down upon your head. You discover that they didn’t cut your song or pick up your song to publish. Or worse yet, they cut it and didn’t include

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What Words Mean

What Words Mean

The meaning of “soon” for instance. There’s “I’ll call you soon” as said by a date as he lets himself out of your front door. There’s “He’ll be dead soon,” as said by the man with the pillow over the

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