Songwritersblock is about songwriting.

Songwritersblock is about songwriting.
Songwritersblock is about songwriting.
Songwritersblock is about songwriting.

Welcome (back) to Songwritersblock. The fact that you are here tells us that you have an interest in songwriting or original music as a writer, artist or listener.

Here you will find information on original music events, venues (established and emerging), artist's interests and backgrounds, as well as, links to reviews, songwriting articles and original artist web sites. You can also find links to purchase our artist's CDs, as well as links to vendors who support us. Please use them :-)

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iTunes Top 25 Songs

Today's Top 5 Tunes from iTunes

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1. Bitch Better Have My Money - Rihanna
Bitch Better Have My Money by Rihanna from the album Bitch Better Have My Money - Single
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2. Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars) - Mark Ronson
Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars) by Mark Ronson from the album Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)
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3. Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran from the album x (Deluxe Edition)
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4. Love Me Like You Do (From "Fifty Shades of Grey") - Ellie Goulding
Love Me Like You Do (From "Fifty Shades of Grey") by Ellie Goulding from the album Fifty Shades of Grey (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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5. FourFiveSeconds - Rihanna and Kanye West and Paul McCartney
FourFiveSeconds by Rihanna and Kanye West and Paul McCartney from the album FourFiveSeconds - Single

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About Local Songwriters

Visit NJJazzList for jazz events in New Jersey

Roger Gardella's Music at

Take a look at Roger's electronic press kit and to listen to and downloard his original songs. He's posted five favorites there: I Will Make it Through, Thanksgiving Day, Your Love is Gone, Aglow and Woodpile.

Sonicbids is a music community on the web that seeks to bring promoters and musicians together through the use of 'electronic press kits'. FAQs, tours and all the details at

Also note that Roger's new CD, Thanksgiving Day, is getting airplay on 90.5 "The Night" WBJB-FM. Please go to How Did You Know? to get it in rotation on WBJB. Go to Roger's link to purchase your own copy.

Songwriter Event Benefits Troubled Teens

Thanks to all who make this event a wonderful night of original music including teen performers Sonni Shine and Nick Anastasia. Thanks, also, to MC, Big Joe Henry and Don Gspann of Concept Profesional Systems for a great sound system and to our dedicated speakers who reminded us that teen suicide is the third leading cause of death in teens 14-19. Now we know that it is preventable, let's do something about it!

(L to R) Performers Andy McDonough, Roger Gardella, Gerry Gironda, Jim Celestino, Bethann Clayton, Joe Petillo and Pat Guidagno at Asbury Park's Red Fusion.

Songwriters at AT&T Support Monmouth County Food Bank

AT&T employees and songwriters teamed up to fight hunger in Monmouth County. Canned foods and monetary contributions were collected as Gabe Deiudicibus, Heather Rakoncza and Cronder Concepcion entertained. Songwritersblock regulars Diane Doolittle and Andy McDonough added to the mix.

Kate's Benefit Features Original Artists

Thanks to all who supported us at Kate's Benefit Concert. Songwriterblock regulars Joe Rapolla, Ed Soles and Andy McDonough performed back-to-back original sets. Someone told us, so i assume it's true, that this was our fifth year at this event.

Kate's Foundation raises money for melanoma research and awareness. Watch for details on performers and schedules at Kates Foundation .

Student's Songwriting Workshops

Songwriting workshop with student songwriters.

Vetran songwriter Joe Petillo addresses students at Howell High School workshop. Thanks go to Jon Herrington, Joe Petillo, Kristian Rex, Al Aschettino, Andy McDonough who contributed to the program this year and to host extraordinaire, Michael Anastasia. Student songwriters performed and talked about their motivation and methods.

Songwriting workshop with student songwriters. Nick Anastasia peforms for fellow students at Young Songwriter's Workshop. Hear Nick and others at our prototype of a streaming audio samples of promising young songwriters here.

Songwriter Event Highlights

Songwriter's night out.
The Songwritersblock crew with Jon Herrington at Briody's, Rumson, NJ. -Photo courtesy of Scott Longfield

Songwriters perform at benefit.
Side to Side's Ed Soles and Gerry Gironda were joined by Mike Anastasia and Andy McDonough to play original music to raise money for an Adeli suit at Joeypalooza2 for Joey Couzzo with Cerebral Palsy.

Songwriter's benefit.
Pat Guadagno. Rick Brunermer and Mike Guadagno are featured on a Todd Sherman song at recent SWB event at Nauvoo Grill, Fair Haven, NJ to benefit The Alexandra Fund. More pictures courtesy of Linc Davis.

Andy McDonough, songwriter, with radio personality Joe Henry. Andy McDonough and Big Joe Henry of 101.5 FM discuss the possibility of a larger Songwritersblock t-shirt.

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Of Interest to All Writers

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Important Links to People Support Live and Original Music:

Retromedia Studios <- New! -Recording and Production services for writers.

Jankland Recording<- New! -Recording and Production services for writers.

Creative Records -Services and the Web for musicians.

Pat Guadagno - Artist supporting live and original music.

Rock&Roll Music Fund - Musicians helping those in need.

Holiday Express - Volunteers and musicians helping others.

TheContes -Very cool original music to be heard.

Taking care of Mind&Body -Musician's true friend.

AsburyMusic -Music scene in Asbury Park.

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