The Contemporary Minstrel
Songwriting, Recording and Making Money With Your Music

The Contemporary Minstrel is a fun-to-read and thoughtfully written textbook on the art, craft and business of songwriting.

Here is what professionals are saying about The Contemporary Minstrel

" Beginners and more advanced writers alike will find this the book to own. It will help you polish your skills, refine your craft and build a successful career in today's digital music business. It is worth its weight in gold records! "

Allan Slutsky, Grammy® Award-winning producer, guitarist, and arranger


" As a member of the famed studio group, MFSB and being part and parcel to some of the greatest music of all time, I can truly relate to Lou's book, The Contemporary Minstrel as it thoroughly explains everything one needs to know about the ins and outs of the craft of songwriting and the art of arranging contemporary music. Both beginners as well as seasoned professionals will be able to enjoy the book as I have. "

Bobby Eli, Grammy® Award-winning songwriter, producer, arranger and guitarist


" Louis deLise's The Contemporary Minstrel is an inspired look into the very DNA of songwriting. The history of songwriters is about constant change in the music and lyrics they write. Great songwriters have known the past is a guide to the future. This book is full of ideas that analyze the past, the present and the future of the art. I recommend it highly. "

Joe Renzetti, Academy Award® winning film composer and hit record arranger


Louis Anthony deLise is a composer, music arranger and record producer whose songwriting, arranging and producing credits include hit records with Patti LaBelle, William DeVaughn and his band, Philly Nouveau. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and has taught songwriting, music theory, arranging and film scoring at major universities.

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