7 Books Every Songwriter Should Read (Revised 2021)

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Writing and reading lessens our isolation and prods our imagination. Music makes our souls dance, and great art leaves an impression that lasts for centuries. Over my 25 years as a professional songwriter, I’ve read just about every book on creativity I could get my hands on. Still, I’m convinced I will never fully understand…

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What Keeps Songwriters from Succeeding?

Multi-hit songwriters Clay Mills and Marty Dodson sit down to talk about what keeps songwriters from succeeding in the music business. With a combined 50+ years of songwriting and music business experience, both Marty and Clay have seen the highs and lows of the business, people come and go, and have had to reinvent themselves…

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How To Find Great Song Ideas

Ever wonder where your favorite artists or songwriters consistently find those great song ideas? I like to think of ideas as a creative river—constantly flowing by. It may sound simplistic, but maybe it’s purely a matter of learning how to catch them. Once you learn how to find great song ideas, it really is that easy.…

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Sync Briefs: Your Key To Music Placements In Ads, TV & Film

Randall Foster is Vice President of Business Development and GM of the Nashville office of a digital distribution company called Symphonic Distribution. Prior to his current role, Randall was the leader of the Creative Sync & Licensing for ole music publishing where he oversaw a vast catalog of music copyrights and intellectual property and managed…

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How To Get Motivated To Write More & Better Songs

Over the last 8 years at SongTown I have personally responded to thousands of aspiring songwriter emails. Many want to write better songs but can’t seem to find the answer to how to get motivated to write on a regular basis. If this is you, you are not alone. We all feel the pull of emails,…

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Songwriting Perspective: A Powerful Tool For Songwriters.

  I believe that “perspective” may be one of the most powerful concepts in our lives. Your perspective can totally change your experience of an event. Siblings can have dramatically different takes on a traumatic home situation because they take different perspectives on what occurred. When I was in high school, Nelson Eddy was my…

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Songwriting Hack – “Lyrical Opposites”

In this episode, Hit Songwriter Clay Mills talks about lyrical opposites and how you can use them in your songwriting to create hookier and more powerful songs. Chapters: Chapter 1: Titles Chapter 2: Implied Opposites Chapter 3: Setup Lines 1. Titles Check out these titles: “I Hate Myself for Loving You”, “Beautiful Mess”, “Nobody In…

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Hit Producer Daniel Ross Shares His Track Building Philosophy

Daniel Ross is a Songwriter and Producer at Big Machine Music Publishing. His songs have been recorded by Morgan Wallen, Jake Owen, Chase Rice, Eli Young Band, Granger Smith, RaeLynn, Seaforth, Robert Counts, Troy Cartwright and more. Production credits for Joey Hendricks, Lauren Weintraub, Austin Burke and more. In this video Daniel shares his proven…

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What Makes People Give a Crap About My Songs?

What makes people take notice and really care about your songs?! Writing from the truth. Hit songwriters Marty and Clay sit down and talk about writing from truth by taking a universal emotion and turning it into a song that almost everyone can connect with. If you are wanting to write commercial songs, this episode…

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Blueprinting Your Songs: How To Write Better Songs Faster

Bluepriniting-song building- Marty Dodson

Something that has changed my songwriting in a radical way is a technique I call blueprinting your song. When you’re building a house, you hope that the builder is working from a good blueprint.  That’s really the only way to make sure that the house you wind up with is the house you intended to…

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