• The (Reality) Check Is In The Mail

      Money-the big green elephant in the music business living room. There are many reasons we don’t like to talk about it. Some of us feel that putting a price on our art cheapens its value, or implies that we’re in this for the wrong reasons. Some of us attend the...

  • This One’s For The Songwriter Girls (and Boys)

      Ahh, boys. Men. Boyz II Men. (hang on, be right back) Ok sorry. I had to stop typing for a minute so I could scream sing "ALTHOUGH WE'VE COME, TO THE END OF THE ROAD" but it's mostly out of my system now STILL I CAN'T LET GO..okay..okay I think I'm good. Today,...

  • Songwriters: Do. The. Work.

      SHE DOESN'T EVEN GO HERE--A Cheerleader's Lament I am not generally a peppy individual. I don't like things like "exercise" and "being in shape," nor do I care about literally any sport other than college football. Actually, if we're sitting in the real Tree Of Truth here… most of my...

  • What Makes A Great Song A Hit Song?

    I can’t count the number of times I have had this question asked of me... What makes a hit song?  Someone will play me a GREAT song and express their confusion over the lack of interest they are getting from the industry when they...

  • The Struggle Is Real – A Songwriter’s Journey

      Hi! I’m here to introduce myself as a guest blogger here in SongTown …I know my name is already familiar, as I am the blondest member of the Club For People Named Marty/i Dodson. As well as sharing a name and friendship with your illustrious SongTown founder/mentor Marty Dodson, I also share a love...

  • I’d Like To Thank The Academy

      Hello, SongTown friends. I'd love to give a thrilling explanation for why I haven't blogged in long enough for an elephant to gestate a baby elephant. (I could google how long that is, but I'm just gonna trust my faulty memory of a thing I saw on Animal Planet...