• Heart vs. Head: How To Write Your Best Songs

      Songwriting is beautifully complex and yet simple... I am often reminded when teaching aspiring songwriters how simple, and yet complex, writing a song can be. It's a beautiful mix of emotions, wit, determination, and being in the moment. A very common obstacle I see to great writing is what I call...

  • 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 I...

  • 5 Songwriting Lessons From Master Yoda

        1.Believe: As creative people, we tend to be self-doubters. It's what drives us to look inward, to constantly question life around us, and, if channeled properly, will drive us to write great songs. It's perfectly natural to struggle with believing in ourselves and our art, but ultimately, we must...

  • Are Your Songs Believable? 3 Keys To Insure You Won’t Miss The Mark

        If I had to choose one thing as the most important thing in songwriting, it would be "making your song believable." Throughout the entire writing process I am asking myself, does this feel real? When someone hears your song for the first time, that's what hits them first. Nothing loses the listener faster than...

  • 5 Free Organizational Tools For Songwriters

    These days, most songwriters I know are busier than ever managing lives, families, jobs, social media, writing, performing‰ - the list goes on and on. Our time is precious and valuable! Here‰'s a list of tools I use to streamline and organize my writing process, so that I have...

  • Finding Inspiration In That Song That’s Stuck In Your Head

      Pro songwriter Clay Mills shares how to turn that old classic song  you can't stop humming for the last 2 days, into inspiration for your own classic!   Want to study with pro writer Clay Mills in SongTown's 6-week Melody Masterclass? Get hands-on instruction and feedback in the best online melody class of...