• Songwriters: Should You Pay Your Co-Writer To Demo Your Song?

      5 Songwriting Scenarios... Recently, we had a lively and awesome debate in the private SongTown Masterclass page on Facebook about whether or not a "track guy" (Or girl) should charge their co-writers for building a track/demo for their song.  There truly is no one right or wrong answer to that question. ...

  • 5 Things I Would Tell My Younger Songwriter Self

        Someone recently asked me what I wish I had known when I first started trying to be a professional songwriter. There’s a lot of advice I WISH someone had given me back then, but here are a few for starters: Don’t put a time limit on success. When I started, I gave...

  • The SongTown Difference – A Songwriter’s Edge

      A home that's unique for songwriters... In a world where there are an increasing number of options for songwriters to gather and to get education, Clay and I feel it is important from time to time to remind everyone of the things that make SongTown different from any other songwriting community...

  • Did He Steal My Song Title?

      About a year ago, I was searching for song titles by reading through quotes on the internet.  I found what I thought was an amazing quote.  It said something like "How can you be old and wise if you were never young and crazy".  The next day, I threw that...

  • Put Yourself In Position To Succeed In Songwriting

    Many writers that I mentor struggle with the idea of getting themselves in position to succeed. In fact, I see two extremes play out. Sometimes writers adopt the idea that "all I have to do is write a great song". Others go to the extreme of trying desperately to "meet...

  • The 10,000 Hour Theory And Songwriting

      The 10,000 hour theory... I was reading a magazine on an airplane the other day and ran across an article about Dan McLaughlin, an Oregon man who quit his job and decided to try to become a golf pro by testing out the 10,000 hour theory made popular by Malcolm Gladwell...

  • The Scariest Moment In Songwriting

      I believe that the scariest moment in songwriting is the moment before you start. Most of us have voices that play in our heads. Those voices often tell us that the task at hand "can't be done". "You aren't good enough". "You can't handle this". You know the drill.  ...

  • 5 Music Business Mistakes To Avoid

      Over the years, I have made a lot of mistakes that hurt my career chances in the music business.  And, I've observed a lot of people crashing and burning because of miscalculations in their own music efforts.  So, I thought I'd write about 5 of the big ones as...

  • 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...