• Does Your Songwriting Focus Need Tweaking?

      One of the awesome things I've learned about songwriting over the years is... No matter what your goal is, learning to improve your craft will get you closer to that goal. My SongTown co-founder, Marty Dodson, and I started our songwriting careers later in life than most folks. Heck, I didn't even...

  • The First Rule Of Improv And Co-writing Songs: Say Yes- and!

      Stage Acting, Improv, and Songwriting... Recently I went to see my friend and talented actress Becky Wahlstrom doing improv night at Bongo Java's in Nashville. The group she performed with, the Nashville Improv Company, were amazingly witty, intelligent, and lightning quick in making stuff up. I was struck at how similar...

  • Warning: Wake Up Your Dreams Before It’s Too Late!

        Following your dreams... When I was 19 years old, I decided to leave my small Alabama hometown and strike out on a journey to the Big Apple: New York City. It took a combination of naivety and hard-headedness, I suppose. After all, I didn’t know anyone in New York City,...

  • 9 Things Skilled Songwriters Do Differently

      Throughout my 20 years as a professional songwriter, I’ve noticed there isn't always a large difference in talent level among creative people. Why, then do some songwriters seem to have an over abundance of fans buying their music while others struggle to sell the first song? The answer is there is not a...

  • 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...