• Conversational Verse Melodies Create Hookier Songs

      Want the best set up for your big hooky chorus? Work on your conversation skills — your conversational verse melody skills, that is. Publishers, artists and producers will tell you they are either looking for or trying to create that next hit chorus — or, at the very least, a chorus...

  • Starting Your Song On The 5 Chord

    Hey Song Meisters! Are you stuck in a chord rut? Well, I’m going to give you a trick I’ve used when writing hits like Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It by Darius Rucker. It's all about placing the 5 chord in  an unexpected place. This is a short video but will...

  • 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...

  • The Magic Behind One-Chord Songs

      I’m obsessed with looking under the hood of great songs to figure out what makes them hum. If we listen closely, some feature cool rhythm patterns in the melody, others defy the norms of form, while other songs showcase unique chord progressions. But, what kind of voodoo pulses through the...

  • Writing an Explosive Hit Chorus in 3 Steps

    Over the course of my career, I’ve had a diverse collection of artists sing my songs, from R&B artist Babyface to rocker Darius Rucker to country’s Reba McEntire. I believe the reason for this lies in my ninja power for writing an explosive hit chorus— songs that leap out of...

  • 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...