The 9-Minute Songwriter Workout

These three songwriting exercises are designed to get you into the flow of writing without thinking. Your best ideas come from the subconscious, and you can tap into this with regular practice. Remember to do these exercises quickly, spending three minutes on each in rapid fire succession. I set the timer on my iPhone. Don’t judge or question ANYTHING you...

Songwriters: Relax and Write Better Songs

This has been a busy week of mentoring. I believe I have mentored 6 people in the last seven days. One theme that keeps coming up is that people are really stressed out over getting their songs to "the right people". To begin with, I'm still not sure who "the right people" are, and I've been doing this for 20...

What Songwriters Should Know About The Music Business

    One of the biggest factors that keeps songwriters from succeeding in the music business is that they overlook the fact that it's a business. So many times, I hear songwriters say things like "My songs are better than the ones on the radio" or "I just can't get anyone to listen to my songs." When I hear these statements, I...

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...

How Songwriting Changed My Life

  I had a few minutes alone in the quiet the other morning and I started thinking about all of the different ways songwriting has changed my life. Some of those changes are the result of being successful as a songwriter, but the biggest, most profound changes are ones that were simply the result of writing songs. So, in no particular...

Songwriters: Don’t Blow Your Set-up Line!

  The set-up line is the line just before the title or hook of your song. It is probably the most under-valued yet crucial lyrical line of most songs. Yet, I am constantly reminded in my mentoring sessions of how few writers are aware of this element of a song. Here's an example of a verse from "The Song Remembers When" by Hugh Prestwood; It...

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