• Songwriter Write-Up-Itis: Do You Suffer From This Common Illness?

      Clay and I continually run into people throughout Songtown territories that have songwriter  "write-up-itis". We can spot the affliction immediately because we have both battled this dreadful and potentially fatal disease in the past. The symptoms generally start after you write the first song that you think is really commercially...

  • 5 Ways To Improve Your Songwriting Instantly

    There are some simple steps you can take to improve your songwriting instantly.  Try these steps to see a dramatic improvement overnight: Write with someone who is strong where you are weak. Years ago, my mentor told me to identify my strengths (honestly) and to let him know what I thought...

  • 5 Things To Do Before You Pitch Your Song

    Pitching songs that are not ready or that are not in the ballpark for the artist you are pitching to is one of the fastest ways to burn bridges.  In fact, doing either of those things is effectively pouring gasoline on the bridge.  Way too many people pitch songs...

  • 4 Ways To Keep Your Songs Fresh

                  The longer I write songs, the more I realize the importance of keeping your songs fresh and mixing things up from time to time.  Here are some ways that I do that: 1. Booking 2-way co-writes with my regular co-writers. Then, I always look for new 3rds to add to...

  • How To Get A Songwriting Staff Writing Deal

      Here are the best ways I know to increase your chances of getting a songwriting staff writing deal with a publisher: Get to know music publishers organically. If there's a publisher you are interested in and you are able, go to writer's nights where they are featuring their writers. Buy them...

  • The Song Is King

    If you've been hanging around SongTown for a while, you've heard Clay and I talk about the idea that "The Song Is King". When we say that, we mean that, when we write, we are there to serve the song, NOT to serve our own interests....

  • SongTown: We Deal In Real “Truth”

    At SongTown we deal in real... People often ask Clay and me why two writers who have had multiple #1 songs and are still getting cuts would spend time doing something like SongTown? SongTown is the community we wish we had in the early stages of...

  • Morning Stretch

    I believe that our writing "muscles" are just like any other muscle group. If we want to be as flexible as possible, we have to stretch those muscles from time to time. So, this morning, I wanted to give your brain and maybe your writing muscles a little "Morning Stretch". It...