• Does Your Songwriting Focus Need Tweaking?

      One of the biggest lessons I've learned over my songwriting career is that my songwriting focus constantly needs tweaking. It's easy to lose sight of the important foundational things and veer off into the worlds of negativity or procrastination. So I have a short checklist of things I remind myself...

  • SongTown – The Power Of Community For Songwriters

    When I first started writing songs I was obsessed with listening to records. Songs and sound just turned me on. I was thoroughly engrossed with my favorite artist. I read books about Bob Dylan, I read liner notes and interviews with the Eagles. Deep down, I felt I was...

  • 5 Ways To Break Out Of Your Writing Rut And Spark New Songs

      One of the hardest things a songwriter has to learn to level-up their writing is learning how to avoid or pull themselves out of a songwriting rut. Here are 5 things I've learned over my 25-year career that have me avoid songwriting ruts and stay inspired... Switch instruments to spark...

  • 5 Songwriting Lessons From Master Yoda

    Want to become a Master "Songwriting" Yoda? Here are my top 5 tips!   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...

  • Songwriting Tips For Co-Writing On Zoom

    As a long time professional songwriter, what used to be an occasional tool for co-writing long-distance, has turned into an everyday affair. In these days of social distancing, co-writing on Zoom has become the norm for scores of creatives around the world. And as...

  • Songwriters And Artists: Are Your Songs Real or Really Clever?

      Perhaps the most common songwriting mistake that I've seen kill a song... If I had to choose one songwriting mistake I've seen over and over in mentoring sessions through the years, it would be "writing clever instead of writing real." Throughout the entire writing process I am asking myself, does this feel real?...