• 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...

  • The Songwriter’s Re-Writing Checklist

      Whether you are trying to write commercially or just write better songs for your own enjoyment, here are some things to check before you label a song "finished." 1) Did I stay consistent with my pronouns throughout the song? Switching from "She" to "you" can really confuse a listener. 2) Does...

  • Writing Better Songs Checklist

      Here are questions I ask myself if my songs aren’t connecting in the way I want them to: 1) Does my intro make you want to hear the song? 2) Does my opening line draw you in and make you want to hear more? 3) Is my melody interesting? 4) Does my melody get...

  • 5 Quick Tips To Help You Write Better Song Lyrics

      1) Write a one sentence summary of your song. Let’s say my hook is “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right”. My statement of purpose would be “I must be doing something right because I don’t deserve a woman as amazing as you.” When you write the song, be sure that EVERY...

  • Songwriters: 5 Tips To Keep Your Songs On Track

      Here are 5 simple tips that I use to make my songs better every day. Getting in the habit of doing these things and your songs will be better than they have been before. 1) Map your song out before you write. Write a simple, one sentence summary of what you...

  • Blow Them Away With Your SongWriting

        Clay and I often run into people who are doing all the wrong things in their pursuit of success with their music. Most of the time, the thing they need to be doing is improving their songs. That’s often the one thing they aren’t doing. They are meeting with publishers...