Catcohenblueshirt CAT COHEN is a prolific author (Palm Springs Writers Guild), educator, NARAS and ASCAP songwriter with pop, R&B, jazz and blues songs cut by recording artists Cheryl Lynn, Syreeta, Freddie Hubbard, Bo Diddley. He's had his work featured in the HBO movie The Rat Pack and the Universal feature film Undercover Brother. Cat teaches songwriting and artist development and has taught at UCLA Extension, Musicians’ Institute & Cal Poly Pomona. He’s has also been a speaker and industry panel participant for songwriting organizations such as Taxi, Songsalive!, Songnet and The Songwriter’s Co-op.

Classes, Workshops, Concerts, and Events

Past
When What Type
18 Aug – Aug 18, 2016 Community Sing Along Concert
15 Aug – Aug 15, 2016 Pop Music Therapy Concert
8 Aug – Aug 8, 2016 Pop Music Therapy Concert
20 Jul – Jul 20, 2016 Sing-Along With Cat And Ice Cream Social Community Sing-Along
18 Jul – Jul 18, 2016 Pop Music Therapy Concert
17 Feb – Feb 17, 2016 Pop Music Therapy Concert
15 Feb – Feb 15, 2016 Pop Music Therapy Concert
1 Feb – Feb 1, 2016 Pop Music Therapy Concert
25 Jan – Jan 25, 2016 Pop Music Therapy Concert

 

Cat's Successful Alumni & Colleagues

Many of Cat’s numerous students & colleagues have worked in the recording industry, TV, films & musicals, performing their completed songs, and released their own CDs.

Read bios of such notables as: Tony Danza, Bo Diddley, Stephen Bray, Arthur Hamilton, Dianne Reeves, Mark Winkler, Liz Howard & so many more.

An Alumni at random:

Tyler Azelton
Tyler is an amazingly self-styled singer-songwriter-pianist-idealist-lover-fighter-spontaneous crier who takes the definition of eclecticism to its limits.  Growing up with an incredible variety of musical influences from Stravinksy (Rites of Spring) to extremely alternative rock to beatnik jazz to cheesy R&B pop, she weaves incredibly unique music and lyrics into songs that are a world unto themselves.  Together with her bassist-string ...Keep reading about Cat's Alumni, Tyler Azelton

A Colleague at random:

Jai Josefs
Jai, in addition to being a successful songwriter/producer, is the author of Writing Music for Hit Songs, the definitive text on modern music writing endorsed by hit writers including Diane Warren.   He also has written the multi-media workshop 2 CD-Rom set Secrets of Songwriting Success, available in both PC and Mac versions. Jai is a nationally renowned songwriting coach who ...Keep reading about Cat's Colleague, Jai Josefs

See 115 more biographies of Cat's Alumni & Colleagues →

Anatomy of a Hit Hit Song Analysis

Cat analyses the top hits of each year, reviewing and delving into their anatomy to explain how they are structured and why they are today's hits.
2015
The Weeknd
Can't Feel Your Face Beauty Behind The Madness
Album Cover: Beauty Behind The Madness
“Can’t Feel my Face” is a well-written and flawlessly produced energetic disco-funk dance hit from R&B newcomer The Weeknd. Read Why the song Can't Feel Your Face is a hit →
Adele
Hello 25
Album Cover: 25
“Hello” is a well-crafted and produced emotional recording that shows Adele is back stronger in voice and more expressive than ever. Read Why the song Hello is a hit →
2014
Meghan Trainor
All About That Bass Title
Album Cover: Title
A high-spirited bubble gum pop recording with a playful message of self-acceptance hidden in its frivolity. Read Why the song All About That Bass is a hit →
Sam Smith
Stay With Me In The Lonely Hour
Album Cover: In The Lonely Hour
Smith delivers a classic expressive soulful song about unrequited love. Read Why the song Stay With Me is a hit →

like these? Read 67 more Anatomy of a Hits →


MY TAKE ON THE 2016 GRAMMYS
by David "Cat" Cohen | 2016-02-17 | Category: Blog


 

The Grammys last night were their usual mixed bag of great moments and some not so great. Taylor Swift was strong in performance and wardrobe, and her stirring acceptance speech that tastefully upbraided Kanye West shows how far she has come in confidence since her initial Grammy days. Lady Gaga's splashy David Bowie tribute was stunningly visual and the excellently sung mashup of his hits was expressive if a bit hurried. Gwen Stefani was a standout in her live "commercial,"; the cast of the Broadway hip-hop musical Hamilton also a highlight that expanded the scope of musical styles performed on the show. Kendrick Lamar got a chance to exhibit his rapping skills and social commentary on Black Lives Mattering with imprisoned images. In addition, I always look forward to when Grammy shows pair performers from diverse backgrounds amid professionally staged production numbers (we see so little of this televised these days).

 

The tributes to the many recording artists who've passed in the past year were touching if some were longer than needed. On the other hand, some of the other acts such as Justin Beiber, Carrie Underwood's duet with Sam Hunt, and Pitbull's closing song were not particularly strong. The Weeknd started with his hot hit "Can't Feel My Face" but weakened with the second song. The major disappointment of the evening was Adele's vocal, which due to acoustic circumstances beyond her control distracted her and made her sound off-pitch, a travesty for such a talented expressive singer. This made me relate to her expressed desire for an In 'N Out Burger afterwards for consolation.

 

In contrast to earlier years when I regularly attended these concerts live, I watched from home.  This time, televised in real time rather than three hours later for a change. NARAS put on a good show that I felt by and large was creative, hip, varied, relevant, and tasteful.

 

What say you? Let me know at [email protected]

FALL MUSIC, ENTERTAINMENT, FOOD NEWS
by David "Cat" Cohen | 2015-04-12 | Category: Blog

Goodbye Summer, Hello Winter, What in the heck happened to Fall? With the passing of a long hot summer, the slight nip in the air has become much more than a nip.  Here in high desert country, the mercury not only has receded, it is beginning to plummet.  The past week, after extended shirtsleeves only temps, it became sweater weather, ...Keep reading FALL MUSIC, ENTERTAINMENT, FOOD NEWS

BETWEEN BLOGS
by David "Cat" Cohen | 2014-10-19 | Category: Blog

Greetings!  I hope everyone is enjoying the arrival of fall, such as it is.  This is a short communication in between my regular newsletters with a few things I’d like to share with you. Feel free to forward this to anyone who might be interested.   Here’s a bit of weather news and some personal October happenings in my desert ...Keep reading BETWEEN BLOGS

SEPTEMBER HAPPENINGS
by David "Cat" Cohen | 2014-10-18 | Category: Blog

Greetings!  I hope you all had a productive and enjoyable summer.  I’m resuming this communication after taking a couple of months off.  I spent part of the summer being a beach bum to get out of the desert heat and part of it immersed in a creative project (see below).   Here are this month’s weather news, entertainment listings, pop ...Keep reading SEPTEMBER HAPPENINGS


[David] Cat Cohen is an ASCAP/NARAS songwriter, musical theater composer, teacher, and journalist with pop, jazz, and R&B songs recorded by Cheryl Lynn, Syreeta, Freddie Hubbard and Bo Diddley. He co-wrote a jazz instrumental featured in the HBO movie THE RAT PACK and a funk tune for the Universal feature film UNDERCOVER BROTHER. He was commissioned by OPERA PACIFIC to write a chi
ldren's operetta THE NOT SO GREAT ESCAPE, which was performed throughout the Southern California area. He has taught songwriting and artist development at UCLA Extension, Musicians’ Institute, and Cal Poly Pomona. He also is a regular speaker for songwriting organizations like Taxi, Songsalive!, and Songnet. Cat is also a member of the Palm Springs Writers
Guild. As an author and poet, he has appeared at open mikes in many places in LA and Palm Springs. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, he was asked to return to be a featured performer there. Cat's books include SONGWRITING FOR YOUR ORIGINAL ACT, a pragmatic text helping songwriters define their brand and genre, ROAD POEMS USA, a collection of poems and photos from his many travels, ROAD STORIES SOUTHWEST,
descriptions of his journeys and spiritual quests in the 4 corners area, CHICKEN SOUPS FROM AROUND THE WORLD, an international cookbook, MY DESERT BLOG CABIN, the story of how he built his home north of Palm Springs, and TALES OF A CENSUS WORKER, a narrative relating his experiences as a canvasser for the 2010 U.S. Census. Read more of Cat's Biography...


 

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