The working relationship of two novice songwriters is examined in this ethnographic study, which highlights the importance of common goals and values in a songwriting collaboration. Stemming from this core there are a number of sub-themes: the pair saw a popular song as consisting of melody, harmony, and lyrics; they played on the strengths and offset the weaknesses of each others songwriting skills; both writers valued originality; and they believed songwriting had a mystical element to it. Finally, it will be shown how conflict in their status as writing partners resulted in the demise of the collaboration. The difficulty of being a participant observer researcher when only two people are being observed is also discussed.
Songwriting, Partnership, Ethnography, and Popular Music
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DeVries, P. (2005). The Rise and Fall of a Songwriting Partnership. The Qualitative Report, 10(1), 39-54. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2005.1857