• Songwriters: Are You Thinking Like An Artist?

      If you are trying to write songs to pitch to artists, then you MUST learn to think like an artist. Here are questions that artists ask when they choose songs. They are also questions I ask myself as I’m writing to make sure I’m writing something an artist would want...

  • You Fail Only If You Stop Writing Songs

    I’ve had people come up to me and introduce themselves in a setting where I suspected that they were also songwriters. When I ask if they are writers they say, “Not a real writer – I’ve never had anything recorded”. That always breaks my heart. I believe that commercial success does...

  • 8 Foundations Of A Great Song

      Here are the basics that you need to write a great song in any genre: 1) A recognizable structure – people can get confused if a song does not fit one of the common song structure patterns. We are used to songs being in some variation of the Verse, Chorus, Verse,...

  • How To Pitch Your Songs Wisely or Don’t Be That Guy

      One of the biggest mistakes I see rising songwriters make is pitching songs improperly.  So, I wanted to give you some guidelines to help YOU pitch songs wisely and to not be that guy/girl that burns bridges by pitching the wrong way.  Here are some things to consider when pitching. Follow...

  • Songwriting Economics 101 – Song Splits

      We get lots of questions here in “town” that relate to the economics of songwriting. I’m going to try to break down some of the basics and help explain WHY things work the way they do. Let’s start with song splits. In my world, we always split the song equally among...

  • Songwriters: You Fail Only If You Stop Writing Songs

    I’ve had people come up to me and introduce themselves in a setting where I suspected that they were also songwriters. When I ask if they are writers they say, “Not a real writer – I’ve never had anything recorded”. That always breaks my heart. I believe that commercial success does...

  • 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...