• 4 Reasons Not To Quit Writing Songs

      Many of us struggle with voices in our head saying things like "You'll never make it." or "You're not good enough." And, most of us, at one time or another, have thought about throwing in the towel. Here are 4 reasons that I encourage you not to throw in the...

  • How Do I Submit A Song As A Songwriter?

      There seems to be a lot of confusion out there over the question "How do I submit a song?". The truth of the matter is that there is no one way to "submit" a song. When you simplify the "song submission" idea, there are basically three categories of song submissions...

  • Writing Your First Song

      Even those who have written thousands of songs could benefit from reviewing the basics of what a beginning writer does when writing their first song. Every now and then, someone joins SongTown who is just trying to learn how to write that first song - to turn their own...

  • 5 Things Publishers Look For In A Songwriter

      Publishers seem to be the "holy grail" for writers trying to get that first cut. Somehow, many people have the idea that if they could just "get a publisher", all of their problems would be solved and the cuts would start rolling in. While having a great publisher can...

  • Writing Better Songs

      Sometimes Clay and I like to remind everyone that SongTown is about writing better songs. It's not about writing Country or Pop songs... or even writing commercial songs. Just BETTER songs, for whatever their intended purpose might be. Our target audience is everyone who wants to play their song for another...

  • Learning To Think Like Blake Shelton

      Songwriters, do you think like an artist? One of the tricks to getting cuts with major artists like Blake Shelton is learning to think like they do. It's not really all that hard, but it does take some time and effort. In essence, songwriters are mini speech writers. We are...

  • 5 Ways To Write Songs About Love

    One of our standard pro writer jokes goes something like this: Bill - What are you up to today, Bob? Bob - Oh, just trying to find another rhyme for love. We joke about it because many hours in the life of a pro songwriter are spent trying to find a new...

  • Commercial Vs. Creative Music: The Debate Goes On

      One of the big questions we get over and over is whether writing commercial music requires you to sell your soul, abandon creativity, and forsake all that is good in this world. The answer is an emphatic "NO." Any time this debate arises, there are those that say "Well,...