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

When What Type
3 Oct – Oct 3, 2016 Pop Music Therapy And Singalong Concert
5 Sep – Sep 5, 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:

Tom Bimmerman
Tom is a classical orchestral composer from Luxembourg who can match Haydn and Mozart with amazing melodic and harmonic grace and style.  Schooled in Europe and at UCLA Extension where in class he revealed his jones for Britney Spears, Tom can write both the classics and classic pop like Max Martin.   Don’t be surprised when you hear his work in ...Keep reading about Cat's Alumni, Tom Bimmerman

A Colleague at random:

Ariel Hyatt
Ariel is the founder of Ariel Publicity and Cyber PR, a New York based digital firm that connects artists to blogs, podcasts, internet radio stations and social media sites.  Over the past 12 years, her firm has represented over 1400 musicians of all genres.  She has written dozens of articles on how to navigate the “new” music business and her book: Music ...Keep reading about Cat's Colleague, Ariel Hyatt

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.
The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey
Closer Closer
Album Cover: Closer
A hip sexy song about two ex-lovers hooking up spontaneously after spending a long time apart. Read Why the song Closer is a hit →
Justin Timberlake
Can't Stop The Feeling Single
Album Cover: Single
“Can’t Stop The Feeling” is one of happiest, best put-together pop-dance recordings on the charts in a long while. Read Why the song Can't Stop The Feeling is a hit →
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 →
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 →

like these? Read 69 more Anatomy of a Hits →

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]

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

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

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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