Please keep me informed of
any Harriet Schock concerts. She is an amazing performer / songwriter.
I will gladly inform friends in any part of the country she might appear.
Thank You., If there is a mailing list for Harriet's shows add my name,
otherwise I will continue to check the web site.
Thank you, Elaine
recent reviews of American Romance
HARRIET SCHOCK American
Romance Future Schock FSD-19201-2 Best-known for writing Helen Reddy's
1975 smash `Ain't No Way To Treat A Lady,´ Harriet Schock defies
easy categorization: composer, vocalist, musician, teacher, author. Such
wide-ranging experience allows Schock to explore lyrical and melodic subtleties
on her latest CD, American Romance (previously issued on cassette). According
to the credits, Nik Venet `produced and directed´ American Romance,
a tribute to the late producer's conceptualizing the disc as a seamless
union of eight individual ballads. Nowhere is this more evident than on
`The Lady Suite,´ a fresh seven minute interpretation of `Ain't No
Way To Treat A Lady´ and `One Time Lover.´ Emphasizing the
melody, arrangement, and singer -- pianist, Venet adds understated strings
and atmospheric backgroud vocals, spotlighting the song and composer. Songs
like `OK You Win, I Give Up´ and the title track would be hits, if
today's radio formats broke free of their narrow restrictions. Celebrating
the cherished memories a parent imprints on a child, Schock connects her
personal longings to universal sentiments on `Dancing With My Father.´
In a rather different manner, `Coyote´ empathizes with the plight
of that animal as development encroaches. More than echoing the singer-songwriter
tradition, American Romance renews popular music for the 21st century.
Joe Tortelli/ Discoveries
Magazine/ January 2001
Harriet Schock may be American
music's best kept secret. With a voice that can be at once angelic and
haunting, Schock makes her foray back into the recording world with recent
CD releases American Romance and Rosebud.
Schock, perhaps best known
for writing the song "Ain't No Way To Treat A Lady," a smash hit for Helen
Reddy in 1975, is also very much an artist in her own right, a true "artist's
After releasing three solo
albums in the '70s, Schock picks up where she left off with American Romance,
which could very well be called "American Classic," due to its fine songwriting
by Schock and beautifully understated production by the late Nik Venet.
It begins with the plaintive "OK, You Win, I Give Up, You're Right, I'm
Gone," a song that pulls the listener in from the first words she sings.
The quiet nature of the song almost disguises its biting lyrics..." Nephi
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AMG EXPERT REVIEW: American
Romance was Harriet Schock's return to recording after two decades of behind-the-scenes
songwriting. It was also her first collaboration with producer Nik Venet,
and appeared as a cassette-only release in the early 90s, and then as a
CD in 2000. It's an incredibly consistent effort, even by Schock's standards,
and - for an album comprising just keyboards and vocals - its sound is
remarkably rich and detailed, with some particularly lovely vocal arrangements.
Schock's skills are, as always, to be found in her ability to put new spins
on old subject matters. The title track takes a clear-eyed look at real
relationships, free from the fanciful melodrama with which so many lesser
songwriters imbue their compositions. Living, breathing relationships are
explored on this album, and there is no attempt to gloss over such everyday
realities as spite, jealousy, ardour and regret. Schock never patronises
her audience like that, and it pays off.
A high point is the reworking
of her classic "Ain't No Way To Treat A Lady". What was passingly enjoyable
easy listening in the hands of Helen Reddy, is a work of great maturity
here. Schock splices the track with a new composition, "One-time Lover",
resulting in a song-suite that has a strong narrative quality, almost like
Every other track would be
worth analysing (particularly the sublime "For What It's Worth"), suffice
to say that all have naggingly good melodies, scalpel-sharp lyrics, and
fluid electric piano accompaniment. One final note - there are only eight
tracks on American Romance. This is not a bad thing; in the midst of the
CD era, with most artists cramming their albums with upwards of 16 tracks
(not to mention shovel-loads of hubris, and those irritating 'hidden' cuts),
it makes this a remarkably palatable work. — Charles Donovan
recent review of
Romance and Rosebud
these recent Student Testimonials
What the students
said after the last Songwriters Guild Class
Just ended March
are focused and effective. Her techniques will save years of haphazard
learning. I heard each participant take the seed of an idea to craft an
extremely well-written, powerful song. The effectiveness can't be doubted
after witnessing the results for myself."
"Before taking Harriet's
class I spent 30 hours and $500 learning something that could have been
taught in 30 minutes for $5. Harriet is a gifted teacher, as evidenced
by the fact that every member of the class has written a better song, in
my opinion, than the one they brought in the first day. Learning from Harriet
is exciting, empowering, and WORTHWHILE."
gives you the benefit of her judgment, not criticism, and it provides real
tools for pulling out unique and telling details that make your work unique.
She focuses on the work, not the blather. Students wind up with a series
of steps that are helpful at any level from beginner to professional. When
I get my Grammy, I'll thank Harriet. "
gave me invaluable songwriting tools that I have used when I have "writer's
block," or when I get stuck in a particular train of thought."
class is fantastic! I now know how to really communicate through my songs!
I had a four-year writing block. Not any more!! I have the tools to write
a songs whenever I want to, even if I'm not 'inspired.' I look forward
to future classes with Harriet Schock!"
songwriting class inspires, encourages and informs the songwriter on how
to truthfully create a concept that will flourish into a powerful message
expressed through lyric, melody and music. Her class is a safe haven for
the creative spirit to live and grow."
During the 10 short
weeks of Harriet Schock's songwriting class, I saw raw beginners conceptualize,
develop and complete (with melodies mind you) songs as good as I've come
up with after 34 years as a professional songwriter. I find myself humming
their tunes all day long, surprised and delighted to realize that these
fresh new songs aren't from the radio (yet) but belong to various of my
fellow students. The same skills that brought these beginners so far took
my own writing to a fresh new level. I am excited about the future. In
fact, I am already working on two new songs - and the class only ended
yesterday! Thanks Harriet.
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