Songwriters: Don’t Focus On The Summit!

Songwriting can be a wonderfully, beautifully frustrating pursuit.  But it can be especially maddening if your singular goal is something outside of your control. So, let's say your one obsession is a Bruno Mars cut.  There are several reasons that you are going to likely spend the rest of your life banging your head on the wall and cursing the...

You Can’t Teach Songwriting: Fact or Fiction? A Pro Songwriter’s Perspective…

  A Songwriting Degree... Several years ago, I attended my son's freshman orientation at Belmont University. He was headed into the Music Business program. During the parent's session, one mother raised her hand and asked (In all seriousness) "So, if my daughter gets a songwriting degree from Belmont, she is pretty much guaranteed a slot on Music Row, right?" The Dean...

There Are Songs in That Guitar: A Christmas Holiday Reflection

  This Christmas season, I find myself looking back and remembering people that have been an important part of my life. I think the winter holidays are a wonderful time for cultivating gratitude. There have been people who have been there for me since day one, and there have been those who were only in my life for brief moments, but...

Finding Inspiration In That Song That’s Stuck In Your Head

  Pro songwriter Clay Mills shares how to turn that old classic song  you can't stop humming for the last 2 days, into inspiration for your own classic!   Want to study with pro writer Clay Mills in SongTown's 6-week Melody Masterclass? Get hands-on instruction and feedback in the best online melody class of the year.  Find out the details here!   Clay Mills...

The Real Truth About Pitch To Publisher Events And Your Songwriting Career.

    Every week I see determined hardworking songwriters flocking to pitch to publisher events to play their songs for publishers. I see whole businesses existing on this model of setting up pitch to publisher events. I've seen it for 25 years! While there might be some networking potential to find co-writers, etc, I have not heard of songs being picked up at...

Does Your Song Need A Bridge?

  So you’ve reached that point in the song; you’ve written two verses and a chorus, and that little voice in your head says “I need to write a bridge.” But do you really??? When do you know if a song truly needs a bridge? I’ve heard publishers say things to their writers like, “You must write bridges because the last three...