• 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...

  • Songwriters: Don’t Blow Your Set-up Line!

      The set-up line is the line just before the title or hook of your song. It is probably the most under-valued yet crucial lyrical line of most songs. Yet, I am constantly reminded in my mentoring sessions of how few writers are aware of this element of a song. Here's an example of a...

  • Recording At Home: Taking A Song From Demo To #1

      People often ask me if they have to do full-production demos to present songs to publishers or major artist? I do a fair amount of full demos, but I also have had about half of my major cuts from pitching home demos done on a very basic set-up on...

  • Songwriters: For Those Days Of Doubt…

      Songwriters... When you have those days of doubt and wonder why you are chasing your dream....   I wasn't exactly young that day I realized I wanted to be a full-time songwriter. I was mid 30's. I had no connections in the...

  • Your Next Song Demo: Read These 7 Tips Before You Blow It

      I have received several emails this week asking about the best approach to recording song demos. There are many things that have changed over the last year since I first blogged about this. Here are a few questions to consider when demoing your songs. 1. Who will be listening? If...

  • How To Find Great Song Ideas: A Pro Songwriters Guide

      Ever wonder where your favorite artists or songwriters consistently get those great song ideas from? I like to think of ideas as a creative river- constantly flowing by. It‰'s simply a matter of learning to catch them. I always have my antenna up. Here are a 4 simple techniques that you can...