• 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...

  • Songwriters: You Fail Only If You Stop Writing Songs

    Hi, are you a songwriter? 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 songwriters they say, “Not a real songwriter – I’ve never had anything recorded”. That always breaks my heart. I believe...

  • Arriving: In Life And Songwriting

        The longer I live and the more I write, the more I realize that there really is no “destination” in life, unless it is death.   Short of the grave, we are all still on the journey, trying to figure out the world and our place in it. In regard to...

  • Who Can Stop You From Writing Songs?

      "Who can stop you from writing songs?" I think that's a valid question for every songwriter to ask themselves from time to time. On occasion, I hear songwriters say things like... "It's not really worth writing a song if I can't get a publisher to listen." Or "Why bother writing another song...

  • The Mindful Songwriter

    The world we live in is full of distractions.  With an unlimited supply of entertainment and information in our phones, it is becoming more and more rare to see someone just sitting, thinking and being fully present or mindful. We walk in restaurants and 100% of the people sitting alone are...

  • Writing Your Life In Song

      I believe that to be successful as a songwriter, you have to be very versatile. I have had songs recorded by artists as varied as The Oak Ridge Boys and The Plain White T’s. But, the area in which I have had the most success is writing my life. When...

  • Songwriters: Ordinary Is The Enemy

    I can't count the number of times I have had songwriters tell me that the music business is "trying to keep them out" or that they can't break into the "cliques" in Nashville, LA, or wherever they are trying to break in. I'd like to give a different perspective on all...

  • Songwriting From My Other Self

    Writing From My Other Self Here are some ideas for writing from your other self. Use these exercises to stretch your writing boundaries. 1) Write songs from the point of view of the opposite gender from time to time. Trying to write something that feels honest and real for a woman to say...