Songwriters: Are You Thinking Like An Artist?

  If you are trying to write songs to pitch to artists, then you MUST learn to think like an artist. Here are questions that artists ask when they choose songs. They are also questions I ask myself as I’m writing to make sure I’m writing something an artist would want to say. 1) How does this song make me look? If...

Top Ten Things I Wish I Knew Early In My Songwriting Career

    1) Diversify – learn to write lots of different kinds of songs. Your goal should be to have a great song that works for every artist. 2) Be honest about your strengths and weaknesses. If you can be honest with yourself, you can find people that are strong where you are weak and write better songs immediately. 3) Don’t try to do...

Your Song Circle

  When I was 19 and moved to New York to pursue my dream of being a songwriter, I was fortunate enough to meet someone who invited me into a song circle. I had no clue what a song circle was or what it would one day mean to me, but I convinced myself to get over my shyness and attend...

SongTown’s Most Wanted List: July 2017!

These writers have shown songwritin’ excellence and have bragging rights for one month throughout the SongTown territories!

 

Monthly winners are chosen from our Pro Feedback Forum, mentoring sessions, online classes, and SongTown events.

You Fail Only If You Stop Writing Songs

I’ve had people come up to me and introduce themselves in a setting where I suspected that they were also songwriters. When I ask if they are writers they say, “Not a real writer – I’ve never had anything recorded”. That always breaks my heart. I believe that commercial success does not make one a writer any more than donating to...

8 Foundations Of A Great Song

  Here are the basics that you need to write a great song in any genre: 1) A recognizable structure – people can get confused if a song does not fit one of the common song structure patterns. We are used to songs being in some variation of the Verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus format. Straying too far from that can...

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