• What In The World Is A SongTown??

    From time to time, we like to remind people what SongTown is all about.  Just in case you haven't heard of our little "town", here's the rundown: SongTown is a community of songwriters from all across the globe who want to learn to write better songs. Our mantra in SongTown is that...

  • If I Can Become A Pro Songwriter, YOU Can Too!

      In many ways, I am the least likely person to become a hit songwriter. I grew up with serious self-esteem issues.  I've always been short and was self-conscious about it most of my life.  I was never popular in school.  I am painfully shy and introverted.    I grew up...

  • Pro Songwriting Terms Defined

      In the ever changing world of the music business, many terms get thrown around in ways that are confusing.  If you are interested in playing in the "big leagues" as a "pro" writer, it's important to know what people in the music business are talking about when they use...

  • Songwriters: Are You Still Writing Mostly Ballads?

    One of the biggest "ailments" I see when I mentor songwriters is that they are writing WAY too many ballads. It seems like many of us default to slow songs. While a well written ballad can be very successful and meaningful, there are also many reasons it is NOT a great...

  • 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...

  • Get Inspired: 5 Morning Inspirations For Songwriters

      5 Morning Songwriting Inspirations to go with your coffee!   Today is a new start. Today could be the day that I write that first cut or my best song. It doesn't matter what has happened in the past. I have a clean slate today. I will make the most of it. I am...

  • Etiquette For Songwriting (and life)

      Our pitch to publisher webinar on Thursday reminded me of several points that I think bear bringing up every now and then. Almost everyone involved in the song submitting process behaved professionally. One or two did not. One of those people e-mailed us after the event claiming that we must not...

  • Writing Your First Song

      Even those who have written thousands of songs could benefit from reviewing the basics of what a beginning writer does when writing their first song. Every now and then, someone joins SongTown who is just trying to learn how to write that first song - to turn their own...

  • Why Did You Start Songwriting?

      I believe that it is good for all songwriters to stay in touch with what made them want to write a song in the first place. For me, here were some reasons that I put pen to paper and created melodies: I had a crush on the girl down the street...