• The 9-Minute Songwriter Workout

    These three songwriting exercises are designed to get you into the flow of writing without thinking. Your best ideas come from the subconscious, and you can tap into this with regular practice. Remember to do these exercises quickly, spending three minutes on each in rapid fire succession. I set the...

  • 7 Books Every Songwriter Should Read

    Writing and reading lessens our isolation and prods our imagination. Music makes our souls dance, and great art leaves an impression that lasts for centuries. Over my 23 years as a professional songwriter, I’ve read just about every book on creativity I could get my hands on. Though I’m convince...

  • Video Songwriting Lesson: Finding the Heart of Your Song

    Finding The Heart & Soul Of your Music Takes Courage... And A Few Tricks! Multi #1 songwriter Clay Mills will show you how to find the "true heart of your song" and create music that matters. This video is part of a weekly lesson series for members at SongTown.   Clay Mills is a...

  • The Creative River Series: What’s Stopping You?

      I remember sitting in a Mexican restaurant in, a couple years ago with the late songwriter Tim Johnson. We were preparing to play a benefit that evening for a local high school. “What’s stopping you?” Tim asked. You see, I’d just told him that I’d always dreamed of playing the stage...

  • Songwriters: 5 Keys To Building A Better Song Catalog

      Several SongTownian's have recently asked the question, "what's the best way to build a song catalog?" Here are a some key things I've learned over the years after writing for several major publishing companies and building a new catalog at each. Write, write, write! There is no substitute for this. A catalog is...

  • Are You Falling Into The Arrogant Songwriter/Artist Trap?

      As a a songwriter, I am a “lifer.” I’ve spent many hours everyday writing with, teaching to, and in online forums conversing with songwriters. It’s not uncommon to hear songwriters say things like, “You can’t learn songwriting. You either have it, or you don’t.” Or, “This song came from my inner soul,...