Songwriting: The Starting Is The Hardest Part

  That first awkward creative step... I’ve always heard that the first step is the hardest. That is particularly true in creative endeavors such as songwriting. Getting over the hurdle of “I can’t do this!” or “What if I fail?” is sometimes so daunting that we give up before we have tried. The paralysis brought on by our fears makes starting a monumental task. ...

Songwriting Takes Courage – It’s Not For The Faint Of Heart

  Being a songwriter is not for the faint of heart. But, being alive is not for the faint of heart, either. The more stories I hear, the more I realize that the vast majority of us have faced some really difficult things in life. If you have not, then count your blessings. I loved this quote the moment I saw it. Even...

6 Last Minute Re-Writing Questions For Songwriters

  I have found that going back to my songs a week or two after I write them and running through this quick checklist helps me catch and fix many of the major flaws that can exist in a song. Print this one out and hang it in you writing (or re-writing) room to remind yourself to check these issues before...

Writing To Drum Loops: Creating The #1 Song Beautiful Mess

  One great tool every songwriter has at their disposal today are drum loops. Whether you have a computer handy or a smart phone, there are amazing apps for beats that were not available even a few short years ago. Loops are a quick way to add energy and style to your new music creation but there are some pitfalls to...

Songwriters: For Those Days Of Doubt…

  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 mid 30's. I had no connections in the business. I knew no professional songwriters. And I had little...

5 Co-Writing Errors To Avoid While Songwriting – Or Dating!

  Co-Writing songs is a lot like dating. It takes work to find and develop good co-writing relationships. And, not every date is going to work out. So, you keep kissing frogs until you find a prince, metaphorically speaking. If you treat songwriting relationships like REAL relationships, you can avoid some of these mistakes that I’ve seen LOTS of people...

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