Songwriting: Music, Lyrics, and Life – An Intimate Conversation on Songwriting With Mike Errico


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  • Host: Jay Franze
  • Co-Host: Jenny Wick
  • Guest: Mike Errico
  • Aired: July 19, 2023

Join host Jay Franze and co-host Jenny Wick on this captivating episode of Franze and Friends as they welcome the multi-talented singer/songwriter and esteemed educator Mike Errico. With a career spanning critically acclaimed albums, composing for film and TV, and teaching songwriting at prestigious universities, Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the discussion.

In this episode, Jay and Jenny dive deep into the art of songwriting with Mike, exploring the creative process, the power of lyrics, and the intersection of music and life. Mike shares his insights on crafting compelling melodies, honing one’s songwriting skills, and the role of personal experiences in creating meaningful music.

As a respected professor at renowned institutions like Yale, Wesleyan, the New School, and NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Mike delves into his teaching methods and offers valuable advice for aspiring songwriters. Discover the unique approaches and techniques that have made him an acclaimed educator in the field.

Beyond his musical accomplishments, Mike has been featured in esteemed publications such as The New York Times, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and Fast Company. Tune in as he discusses the intersection of music and journalism, offering his perspectives on the industry and the changing landscape of music in the digital age.

Additionally, Mike recently released his first book, Music, Lyrics, and Life (Backbeat), which delves into his experiences as a musician and the profound impact of songwriting on his journey. Join Jay, Jenny, and Mike as they explore the themes and stories behind the book, offering listeners a glimpse into the inner workings of a versatile artist.

Whether you’re an aspiring songwriter, a music enthusiast, or simply curious about crafting memorable tunes, this episode of Franze and Friends is not to be missed. Prepare to be inspired and gain valuable insights from the remarkable Mike Errico as he shares his passion for songwriting and its transformative power in this engaging and thought-provoking conversation.

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