Songwriters: Inspiration For Those Days Of Doubt.

Darius Rucker with guitar singing Don't Think I Don't Think About It


Songwriters… When you have those days of doubt and wonder why you are chasing your dream….


I wasn’t exactly young that day I realized I wanted to be a full-time songwriter. I was in mid thirties and had no connections in the business. But, I knew no professional songwriters. And I had little money to support my dream…

12 years later, after much persistence, I get to hear artist like Lady Antebellum, BabyFace, Darius Rucker or Keith Urban singing my songs for thousands of folks!

If you ever doubt dreams can come true, remember if I can do it, anyone can.

Marty Dodson and I founded SongTown to share with you all the little pieces that go into craft and art of writing songs. And yes, the steps we’ve taking along the path to becoming professional songwriters. Hopefully as we share with you our journey, it will make yours a little easier. I know this beautiful community makes me feel inspired daily.

Thanks Chip Gall for sending me the video below of Darius Rucker and Keith Urban performing my song “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” I never knew this video existed!

Write On!  ~Clay

clay mills, hit songwriter, songtown

Clay Mills is a 16-time ASCAP hit songwriter. He has 2 Grammy nominations and is the co-author of  The Songwriter’s Guide To Mastering Co-writing. 


17 thoughts on “Songwriters: Inspiration For Those Days Of Doubt.

  1. Thanks Clay. I needed that reminder. I have “up” days and “down” days. Up when writing comes easy and down when it doesn’t. But I keep plugging along because I love it when I’ve finished a song 🙂 Love your song,”Don’t think I don’t think about it.” Nice work!

  2. Great story. What was the timeline…from the time you DECIDED until you had your first song sung professionally? Hopefully, I’ll be able to share a story about a 50-something grandma some day….of course it may be 60 or 70 something by then, but….oh well.

    1. Go for it Lisa! I’m a sixty something and writing every day. For me it’s not so much about having some one else record what I have written as much as it is about using the craft to distill my thoughts and emotions into the most effective form of communication possible. If others get it than I’ve done my job if not, time to keep at the rewrite until it works.

      1. I was glad to see this post today. I may be the resident “old geezer” here (75) and had thought about hanging it up, but thanks to a little pep talk from Marty last week, I’m going to keep writing. Marty reminded me–and I know Clay would say the same–that if songwriting brings you joy, you’re a successful songwriter. Commercial success is probably what most of us dream of–who wouldn’t want to hear there song on the radio? But I continue to get pleasure from putting words and music together, and that, for now, is reward enough. As Clay says, “Write on!”

  3. Thank you so much Clay for the inspiration. Thank you for sharing! Guys/whoever is reading this with a big dream and in need of inspiration, I advise you to read ‘The Magic’ from Rhonda Byrne. It is a 28 day gratitude challenge and it reminds me to be thankful for all the inspiration I get when I write songs. Thanks again Clay!

    1. Thank. You guys so much for this article. Wow!! I’ve never felt so blessed to be a songwriter and to keep pressing forward towards the goal. I am also an ASCAP writer. Thanks for the encouragement.

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