• How To Format Your Lyric Sheets – A Songwriter’s Guide

      The proper way to format your lyric sheet is one of the most overlooked details in the songwriting business! Since starting SongTown four years ago, Marty and I have had the chance to see many songs and/or song lyrics presented in our Pitch-to-Publisher events, song contests, and song feedback forums...

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

      Switch instruments to spark new song ideas... If you write on guitar, get an inexpensive keyboard and bang around a bit. You'll be amazed at how unfamiliar territory gets your creative juices flowing. You can always switch back to your regular instrument to perfect your new idea once it's born. Change Tempos. If...

  • Songwriting: The Most Subtle Art On The Planet

          Songwriting Is The Most Subtle Art On The Planet...   I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard aspiring songwriters lament that their songs are just as good or better than the songs that major artists are recording. They can’t understand why their songs aren’t getting the attention they deserve...

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

    I remember sitting in a Mexican restaurant in, 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...

  • 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?...

  • Video Songwriting Lesson: Finding the Heart of Your Song

      Finding The Heart & Soul Of your Music Takes Courage... And A Few Tricks! Multi #1 songwriter Clay Mills will show you how to find the "true heart of your song" and create music that matters. This video is part of a weekly lesson series for members at SongTown.   Clay Mills is a...

  • The 9-Minute Songwriter Workout

    These three songwriting exercises are designed to get you into the flow of writing without thinking. 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. I set the...