I’d Like To Thank The Academy

  Hello, SongTown friends. I'd love to give a thrilling explanation for why I haven't blogged in long enough for an elephant to gestate a baby elephant. (I could google how long that is, but I'm just gonna trust my faulty memory of a thing I saw on Animal Planet in 2013. It's like, a long time. Trust me). Maybe...

The Songwriter’s Re-Writing Checklist

  Whether you are trying to write commercially or just write better songs for your own enjoyment, here are some things to check before you label a song "finished." 1) Did I stay consistent with my pronouns throughout the song? Switching from "She" to "you" can really confuse a listener. 2) Does the timeline of my song make sense? If you switch...

Songwriters: Rise Together In The Creative River

When I first started writing songs I was obsessed with listening to records. Songs and sound just turned me on. I was thoroughly engrossed with my favorite artist. I read books about Bob Dylan, I read liner notes and interviews with the Eagles. I felt like I was part of their world through their music. Of course, I had...

It’s Never Too Late When It Comes To Your Songwriting Dreams

  I believe that it’s never too late to be what you might have been. I was in my mid thirties when I started trying to write professionally. A friend of mine just landed a starring role (Her first) in a movie with some HUGE actors at age 49. I know someone entering medical school at age 52. Age is just...

The 9-Minute Songwriter Workout – With Hit Songwriter Clay Mills

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...

How To Format Your Lyric Sheets – A Songwriter’s Guide

  How to format your lyric sheet is one of the most overlooked details in the songwriting business! Since starting SongTown three years ago, Marty and I have had the chance to see many songs and/or song lyrics presented in our Pitch-to-Publisher events, song contests, and song feedback forums on songtown.com. We've seen some wild lyric sheets—or in many cases, even...

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