Man with a guitar writing a protest song.

How to Write a Protest Song

If you’re looking to express your anger and frustration, especially now in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests, put your feelings to song.


Back to School … 40 Years Later: Berklee Grads on Alumni Degree Completion Journey

The details of these graduates’ stories vary, as do the reasons they chose to leave Berklee, but what unites them all is an overwhelming sense of inspiration.

Vanyaland’s Michael Marotta on How to Promote Your Music

Michael Marotta talks marketing and branding as an artist and the best strategies for getting your music heard.

Song Stories: “Carnival of Sorts (Box Cars)” by R.E.M.

When I read about R.E.M. for the first time in 1983, I had no idea that they would become one of the bands that defined my life.

Song Stories: “Cello Song” by Nick Drake

When I heard “Cello Song,” I felt that everything would be okay. How could it not be, when I was working with something so beautiful?

Reflections on David Bowie’s Blackstar

As we say farewell to a truly weird year, let’s revisit the collection of songs that allowed Bowie to say goodbye in a way that only he knew how.

Writing Songs with Narrative Gaps

Why did Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” create so many myths? Its mood is solemn, even mysterious, and its lyrics are replete with gaps of meaning: it invites the listener to make sense of it.