• 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...

  • How To Write A New Song Every Day

    I can’t count the number of times I’ve been asked “How in the world do you come up with a song-a-day – every day?”  Learning how to write a new song every day can seem like a daunting task. Here’s how I pull that off… Coming In With Ideas I have a...

  • What REALLY Makes A Song A Hit

    People often ask me if I KNOW that I've written a hit song when I finish it.  The answer to that is a resounding "NO".  I generally know when I finish a song whether it is great or just good.  Beyond that, so much goes into what makes a hit...

  • The Different Types of Songwriting Publishing Deals

    There are two common types of songwriting publishing deals that publishers make with writers. But, you don't have to limit yourself to those two options if you can think outside the box.  Here are the two common types of deals plus some ideas for creative options: 1) Staff Writer Writes exclusively...

  • Songwriting Is Not An Overnight Success Business

    "I worked 17 years for overnight songwriting success."  - Tim Hicks   There's often a misconception when someone in the music business succeeds. It's easy to think that an artist became and instant sensation or overnight songwriting success. So, I thought I'd share a story of how it most often happens...