• Songwriters: 5 Keys To Building A Better Song Catalog (Revised 2021)

    Several SongTownian's have recently asked the question, "what's the best way to build a better song catalog?" Here are some key things I've learned over the years after writing for several major publishing companies and building a new catalog at each. Write, write, write! There is no substitute for this. A catalog is...

  • Melody and The Power of Three

      In storytelling, there is a principle called “The Rule of Three.” This principle points to the tendency for plays, movies, and stories to have three repeating or related elements. Stories and plays usually have three acts. In fairy tales, the hero is often granted three wishes. In the story,...

  • How To Get Motivated To Write More Songs

      Over the last 3 years at SongTown I have personally responded to thousands of emails. Many want to write better songs but can't seem to find the songwriting motivation to commit to writing on a regular basis. If this is you, you are not alone. We all feel the pull of emails,...

  • How To Write Songs For Sync Licensing

    In today’s ever changing music landscape, writing music for sync has become an important marketplace for songs and songwriters. More music content is being consumed now than at any other time in the history of the world. And, much of that music is showcased in TV shows, movies, video...

  • The 9-Minute Songwriter Workout

    The 9-Minute Songwriter Workout consists of three songwriting exercises designed to get you into the flow of writing without overthinking it. Your best ideas come from the subconscious, and you can tap into this with regular practice. Remember to do these exercises quickly, spending three minutes on each in rapid-fire succession....

  • 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...