• 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...

  • 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...

  • Songwriting Is Not An Overnight Success Business

    Worked 17 years for overnight songwriting success. - Tim Hicks   Several years ago, at our company Christmas dinner, I ran into an old friend, Denny Carr who told me an amazing story. Four years prior, he and I were in Hamilton, Ontario Canada for the Canadian Country Music Awards. While...

  • 5 Stinking Thinking Songwriter Thoughts

      These kinds of thoughts keep a negative cloud over you and your writing AND they actually decrease your chances of success. If these thoughts creep into your head, kick them to the curb before they derail your creativity and your forward progress. 1) "My songs are better than...." It doesn't matter...

  • Who’s In Charge of Your Songwriting Destiny?

    I can’t count the times that I’ve heard a songwriter blame their lack of success on the radio, publishers, a “closed circle in the music business”, A&R people who “can’t hear a hit”, bad co-writers, just plain bad luck and the list goes on and on and on. While any of...

  • A Lifetime of Learning For Songwriters

    One of the things I love most about being a songwriter is that it is one of the few things in life that you can never totally "figure out".  You can always write a better song than you wrote today.  There's always some new melodic trick or turn of a...