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September 6, 2022

Episode 437 – Song Doctor Molly Leikin, Song Codes Everyone Should Know, And The Bass Line That Crashed Computers

Song doctor Molly Leikin on Bobby Owsinski's Inner Circle Podcast

My guest this week is professional song doctor Molly Leikin, who’s coaching has helped 12 clients become Grammy winners and another 19 become Grammy nominees.

Molly has been as a staff writer at Almo Music, Interworld Music and Chappell Music, and she’s written songs for and with everyone from Katy Perry to Placido Domingo  to, Cher, Tina Turner, Anne Murray, Billy Preston and many others. An Emmy nominee, she’s written themes and songs for dozens of TV shows and movies, including Violet, which won an Oscar.

She’s also the author of the books How to Write A Hit Song and How To Be A Hit Songwriter, and producer of the bestselling Master Class in Songwriting, which is a collection of the Master Classes she taught at UCLA. Her latest book is Insider Secrets To Hit Songwriting In The Digital Age.

During the interview we spoke about being a staff writer for a publisher, the most common song problems, writing for the current marketplace, the process of creative songwriting, and much more.

I spoke with Molly via zoom from her office in Santa Barbara, CA.

On the intro I’ll take a look at 2 song identifier codes every artist should know, and the bassline so powerful it crashed computers.

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