• An Open Letter To Young Songwriters

    I write with a number of young songwriters and I can’t count the times that I have referenced an older song (80’s or 90’s) and discovered that they had never heard the song and in many cases, had never heard of the artist either. This isn’t shocking to me –...

  • 5 Songwriting Tips You Might Not Have Thought Of

      Your songwriting rhyme scheme helps the listener keep up with where they are in the song. You want to keep the rhyme scheme consistent across all of the verses and consistent across all of the choruses if the choruses change. Not doing so makes the listener feel unsettled. Your hook or title...

  • Little Steps Along The Way

    A couple of weeks ago in New York City, I found myself doing some things I never dreamed of doing. In fact, I never set out to do them. They just needed to be done and I was the only one in the room who had the skill set to...

  • My Song Is On “Hold”… Help!!!!

      Now that a number of SongTownians are getting songs pitched and some of them are being put on 'hold', I wanted to talk about what a hold means and how to act when you get one. First of all - what is a hold? A hold is when an artist or...

  • What In The World Is A SongTown??

    From time to time, we like to remind people what SongTown is all about.  Just in case you haven't heard of our little "town", here's the rundown: SongTown is a community of songwriters from all across the globe who want to learn to write better songs. Our mantra in SongTown is that...

  • If I Can Become A Pro Songwriter, YOU Can Too!

      In many ways, I am the least likely person to become a hit songwriter. I grew up with serious self-esteem issues.  I've always been short and was self-conscious about it most of my life.  I was never popular in school.  I am painfully shy and introverted.    I grew up...

  • Pro Songwriting Terms Defined

      In the ever changing world of the music business, many terms get thrown around in ways that are confusing.  If you are interested in playing in the "big leagues" as a "pro" writer, it's important to know what people in the music business are talking about when they use...

  • Songwriters: Are You Still Writing Mostly Ballads?

    One of the biggest "ailments" I see when I mentor songwriters is that they are writing WAY too many ballads. It seems like many of us default to slow songs. While a well written ballad can be very successful and meaningful, there are also many reasons it is NOT a great...