• Songwriters: Relax and Write Better Songs

    This has been a busy week of mentoring. I believe I have mentored 6 people in the last seven days. One theme that keeps coming up is that people are really stressed out over getting their songs to "the right people". To begin with, I'm still not sure who "the...

  • What Songwriters Should Know About The Music Business

        One of the biggest factors that keeps songwriters from succeeding in the music business is that they overlook the fact that it's a business. So many times, I hear songwriters say things like "My songs are better than the ones on the radio" or "I just can't get anyone to...

  • 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...

  • How Songwriting Changed My Life

      I had a few minutes alone in the quiet the other morning and I started thinking about all of the different ways songwriting has changed my life. Some of those changes are the result of being successful as a songwriter, but the biggest, most profound changes are ones that...

  • Songwriters: 5 Pro Tips For Pitching Your Songs

      I see LOTS of mistakes being made in regard to pitching a song. Here are some tips to increase your chances of success, to help you appear more professional, and to keep you from burning bridges: 1) Learn as much as you can about the artist you are pitching to...

  • Someone Singing Along

      I have had a number of amazing experiences because of songwriting. I've been able to travel the world and see places like Barcelona, Malmo, Nassau, Vancouver, and Toronto simply because I wrote songs that became hits. I've met and worked with people from all over the globe. Those experiences have...

  • Things That Keep Me Keeping On As A Songwriter

        When I'm struggling to find the drive to keep going, or I get discouraged, I think about these things: 1) Failure is not failure. Most great people fail many times before they succeed. 2) The best way to learn is to fail. If I look at failure as an opportunity to...