• 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...

  • 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...

  • Does Your Song Need A Bridge?

      So you’ve reached that point in the song; you’ve written two verses and a chorus, and that little voice in your head says “I need to write a bridge.” But do you really??? When do you know if a song truly needs a bridge? I’ve heard publishers say things to their...

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

      I remember sitting in a Mexican restaurant 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 at...

  • 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...

  • Songwriters: You Must Bring Something New to the Party

    I've played this song for several publishers and they all said it sounds like the radio, but not one took my song...‰ Recently, while doing a mentoring session, a talented SongTownian prefaced her song she was about to play with these words, "I've played this song for several publishers...