• How To Weather The Ups and Downs of The Music Business

      “The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.”  ~Hunter S. Thompson   There is no doubt that the music business is tough. But so is the “Medical” business, the “law” business,...

  • My Tribe: A Songwriter‰’s Sanctuary

    As a songwriter, I have always felt like I was a little bit "different". I have never seen things the way other people see them. I related to the story of the "Emperor's New Clothes" because I think I'm that guy. When everyone else is saying things are clearly "white", I'm seeing...

  • Pivotal Moments: Can Change Everything For A Songwriter

        Looking back on my songwriting career, there have been a number of pivotal moments that really changed everything. There was the day when, after trying to get the songwriting thing going for 2 years with no success, a friend of mine offered me a job. Actually it was a career. Great salary, benefits. Writing...

  • How Do I Submit A Song As A Songwriter?

      There seems to be a lot of confusion out there over the question "How do I submit a song?". The truth of the matter is that there is no one way to "submit" a song. When you simplify the "song submission" idea, there are basically three categories of song submissions...

  • Lyric Sheets: Which Songwriter’s Name Goes First?

    My first publisher, Kim Williams, was an inspirational person in many regards. He taught me many powerful lessons about writing AND about life. Kim had been an electrical engineer and had been burned over most of his body. He spent over a year in the hospital and wasn't given much chance at survival....

  • Songs Are My Footprints

      I look at the songs I write as footprints. They are what remain of me after I pass through a place. Yesterday, I passed through another day of writing and I left behind a song that represents ME. Two songs, actually. I poured my heart and soul into them and...

  • 5 Ways Songwriters Shoot Themselves In The Foot

      In a 20 year music career as a songwriter, I've shot myself in the foot so many times that it's amazing I can walk.  I thought I'd share some of them to help YOU avoid doing the same thing.  Here are some of the worst "shots" I've taken in...

  • Creative vs. Commercial Songwriting

        One of the big areas of tension when we write is the battle between commercial and creative. The “artistic” community has often propagated the idea that you can’t be both. Typically, those putting forth this idea are NOT being successful commercially, which makes one wonder if, (just maybe) they are a...

  • Songwriters: Where Is The Bar?

    How High Is The Bar For Songwriters? When you mention the word "bar" to songwriters, most of them start craving a beer.  But that's not the bar I'm talking about here.  I'm talking about the "How good does my song have to be to get it recorded by an artist?" bar....