Writing Your First Song

  Even those who have written thousands of songs could benefit from reviewing the basics of what a beginning writer does when writing their first song. Every now and then, someone joins SongTown who is just trying to learn how to write that first song - to turn their own feelings and experiences into music that other people can connect...

Songwriters: You Fail Only If You Stop Writing Songs

Hi, are you a songwriter? 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 songwriters they say, “Not a real songwriter – I’ve never had anything recorded”. That always breaks my heart. I believe that commercial success does not make one a writer any...

Arriving: In Life And Songwriting

    The longer I live and the more I write, the more I realize that there really is no “destination” in life, unless it is death.   Short of the grave, we are all still on the journey, trying to figure out the world and our place in it. In regard to writing, we all (or most of us anyway) have hopes,...

4 Common Songwriting Mistakes – And 4 Fast Fixes

  Are your songs not getting results? Is that latest greatest song you've written not having the impact on your audience that you were so sure it would? Often the difference in a good song and one that moves the listener is a simple quick fix. Keep your intro under 15 seconds. One of the most common mistakes in commercial songwriting is the long...

Who Can Stop You From Writing Songs?

  "Who can stop you from writing songs?" I think that's a valid question for every songwriter to ask themselves from time to time. On occasion, I hear songwriters say things like... "It's not really worth writing a song if I can't get a publisher to listen." Or "Why bother writing another song no one will ever hear?" Or even "It's so hard...