• Separating The Song From Its Production

      As a songwriter I have been blessed with both a career I never dreamed possible and a chance to help hundreds of talented writers at SongTown level-up up their songwriting. I especially love delving into vocal melodies and different production techniques that will make a song stand the test of...

  • How To Find Great Song Ideas

    Ever wonder where your favorite artists or songwriters consistently find those great song ideas? I like to think of ideas as a creative river- constantly flowing by. It may sound simplistic to say it’s purely a matter of learning to catch them. But once you learn how to find great...

  • 7 Books Every Songwriter Should Read (Revised 2021)

    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. I’m convinced I will...

  • The 10 Co-Writing Commandments For Songwriters (Revised for 2021)

      Co-writing: The art of sharing your heartfelt ideas with another person and trusting the two of you will create songwriting magic. This can be tremendously rewarding and often frustrating. But there are some guidelines to make this experience more often than not a great one. If Moses came down from the...

  • The Music Lab: Verses Are The New Chorus

      One of the most noticeable style shifts in songwriting over the last few years is the emergence of chorus-like hooks in verses. For the longest time, if you had a memorable and “hit” sing-a-long chorus you were golden. Your chances of finding an audience for your songs were pretty good. Even...

  • Melody Writers: Do You Have Your Wind-up Working?

    What’s one songwriting component that separates the promising newbie songwriter from the seasoned pro? How much punch the chorus packs. Specifically, when the chorus hits, does it impact the listener? This is one of the main things I work on with writers in my SongTown Melody MasterClasses. Often their choruses show...

  • The “Instant Melancholy” Chord Substitution

    The Melancholy Chord Substitution. I’ve been blessed to get away with some interesting chord changes over the course of my songwriting career. Those songs found their way onto pop and country mainstream radio—two formats that, right or wrong, have a rap for simple chords.   Whether it was sneaking in a...