• 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...

  • When Should I Give Up My Songwriting Dream?

      About two years after I started trying to write professionally, a friend of mine staged an intervention of sorts. He approached me very kindly and asked me how my writing was going.  I told him my frustrations and I told him the truth - I didn't have much 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...

  • 4 Ways To Get Out of Your Songwriting Comfort Zone

    Most songwriters find themselves in a complacent "comfort zone" from time to time.  Personally, I find myself at times resting on a little plateau of my own making.  I work really hard for a stretch and then I coast for a bit.  When I find myself coasting, here are some...

  • 4 Ways Songwriters Can Network

    Networking seems to be a common struggle for songwriters.  Many creative types are just not very social and we tend to be introverted.  That can make it hard to really build the team you need to help you get your songs heard and placed.  So, here are 4 ways...

  • What Is A Staff Songwriter?

      There are many misconceptions of what it means to be a "staff songwriter." So, I thought I'd make an attempt at clearing that up.  In layman's terms, a staff writer has signed an exclusive agreement assigning a publisher some portion of every song they write during the term of the...

  • 5 Songwriting Tips You Might Not Have Thought Of

    These are 5 songwriting tips that you might not have thought of. Over the course of my pro songwriting career I have picked up many such tips but these are my top 5 to share with you today!   Your songwriting rhyme scheme helps the listener keep up with where they are...