• Songwriters: Relax and Create Better Songs

    Last month was a busy month of mentoring. I believe I mentored 6 people in just one week. One theme that kept coming up is that people are really stressed out over getting their songs to "the right people". So my message today is to relax and create. To begin...

  • Blueprinting Your Song

    Something that has changed my songwriting in a radical way is a technique I call blueprinting your song. With this technique, I've developed into a much better communicator with my lyrics and it has cut my writing time in half (writing fast is not a goal, but it doesn’t hurt...

  • Writing To Your Title

    When I was a rookie songwriter, I don’t know how many times I had someone tell me “you have to write FROM your title”. Looking back, I think that advice contributed to some weak songs. At the time, I didn’t need any help writing a weak song. After gaining more...

  • Melody Hacks For Lyricist Songwriters

      I have been primarily a lyricist for almost 25 years. To survive that long in the music business, I have had to stretch my boundaries to come up with ways to evolve my lyric writing along with changing music landscapes. Over those years, I've developed what I like to...

  • How Many Nouns and Adjectives Your Song Needs

    One of the most common questions I get is “How much furniture does my song need?” What the writer means, is “How many nouns and adjectives should my song have?” For instance, if I talk about my rusty blue Ford truck, I have painted you a picture. If I just mention...

  • How To Master The Art of Rewriting Lyrics

    One of the biggest things most people could do to improve their writing is to really master the art of rewriting lyrics. For my whole career, I’ve heard the saying, “Good songs are written but great songs are rewritten.” I have found that to be true in most cases....

  • Why You Should Be Writing More Conversational Lyrics

    One of the questions I get most often when I mentor songwriters is “Why does everyone tell me I need to write more conversational lyrics?” While there is no “one size fits all” answer to how your lyrics “should” be written, there is a reason that people give you...

  • Free The Angel: Supporting Your Song’s Big Idea

    There is a famous quote by Michelangelo that says “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” That is a beautiful description of what songwriters must learn to do. We get a song's big idea and we see the “angel” inside it. So...

  • It’s Impossible: More Songwriting Myth Busting

    I don't know how many times each week I hear the words "It's impossible". The ridiculous part of it all is that the things they are saying are "impossible" are not impossible at all. Well, let's just do a little songwriting myth busting! "It's impossible to get a song cut...