• 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...

  • Is Your Song Idea Unique?

      It takes a unique idea and a unique angle on that idea to get attention for your song. Here are some questions to ask yourself  to see if you have a unique song idea:  1) Have I heard this before? If I'm already aware of another...

  • Great Songwriting In Any Genre

      As co-founders of SongTown, Clay and I have had a lot of success as writers in the country genre. Many people assume that we are "country songwriters" and that what we teach only applies to country music.  This is a false assumption.  (Watch "The Bad News Bears" for more info on...

  • 7 Positive Thoughts For Songwriters

    I'm a big believer in positive thinking. Here are some positive thoughts for songwriters that can help keep you moving forward and help you enjoy the journey. 1) The only person I have to beat is me. If I continually work at writing a better song than I wrote yesterdat, then I...

  • Get Inspired: 5 Morning Inspirations For Songwriters

      5 Morning Songwriting Inspirations to go with your coffee!   Today is a new start. Today could be the day that I write that first cut or my best song. It doesn't matter what has happened in the past. I have a clean slate today. I will make the most of it. I am...

  • Songwriting And Life: Lessons That Apply To Both

      Someone pointed out this weekend that my posts often have as much to do with life as they do with songwriting. That made me think, and I realized that it's probably because songwriting is just a reflection of life. So many of the principles we talk about in our posts...

  • How Do Writers and Publishers Split Royalties?

        We get lots of music business questions in SongTown and this is a common one, so I thought I'd answer it in a post. The business side of music is not as complicated as it seems.  Here are the basics of writer/publisher deals and how money is split. There are two...