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Makinstuffup.net provides professional coaching and feedback for songwriters, geared toward improving song craft, one song at a time. Based on Rand Bishop’s book, Makin’ Stuff Up, “Feedback Loop” song evaluations identify where a work-in-progress is succeeding and where it might need more attention. Coaching and evaluations are offered to site members only on a monthly subscription basis (VIP), or on a song-by-song basis (Regular).

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Rand Bishop: songwriter/author/music producer/songwriting coach

Rand Bishop began his show-biz career as a recording artist for a series of major labels. More than 40 years hence, as a Grammy-nominated, BMI Award-winning, Million-play songwriter, Bishop now counts close to 250 diverse credits: from the Beach Boys to Toby Keith, Heart to Indigo Girls. Along the way, he rocked stages across North America, sang on countless sessions as a studio vocalist, produced dozens of records and film soundtracks, and spent years as a talent development executive and music publisher. If those accomplishments weren’t more than enough, Bishop is an author, award-winning screenwriter, produced playwright, esteemed songwriting coach, and an in-demand speaker. At the end of the day, Bishop refers to himself simply as “a writer.”

A personal statement from Rand Bishop:

Rupert Holmes once chalked up his Renaissance-man career this way: “I love always being a novice at something.” That statement really resonates with me. As Mr. Holmes has touched success as a songwriter, novelist, TV writer/producer, as well as a Tony-winning composer/librettist/playwright, this modern-day Peter Ustinov has actualized the very life I’ve been striving for, since I first donned a coonskin cap and warbled “Davey, Davey Crockett, king of the wild frontier” for my kindergarten class in Lake Grove, Oregon.

I was raised to believe that I could succeed at anything I applied my talents, passions and energies to accomplishing. Thus, I’ve seldom shied away from expanding my creative world, delving wholeheartedly into any venture that stirred me at gut-level and inspired me with wild and vivid imaginings.

Fortunately, I was bestowed with some talent, a decent work ethic, the freedom to create, and the tools to do the job. That I have thrived while expressing my own, unique twist on the human condition is a blessing beyond measure. Living a creative life is not only a privilege I will never take for granted; it is a calling I must not ignore. One’s gifts and inspirations are not to be squandered or ignored. To do so would be an insult to the Creator who doles out such magical stuff.

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Grand Pop,
A Memoir by Keefe Taylor
as told to Rand Bishop

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Makin' Stuff Up,
secrets of song-craft and
survival in the music-biz

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The Absolute Essentials
of Songwriting Success,
Song Dog to Top Dog

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Rand's novel/mock-memoir, Grand Pop, is now in development as a premium cable series. More news as this exciting story develops.

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