Writing To Your Title

When I was a rookie songwriter, I don’t know how many times I had someone tell me “you have to write FROM your title”. Looking back, I think that advice contributed to some weak songs. At the time, I didn’t need any help writing a weak song. After gaining more experience and writing hundred of songs, I came to realize...

Writing an Explosive Hit Chorus in 3 Steps

Over the course of my career, I’ve had a diverse collection of artists sing my songs, from R&B artist Babyface to rocker Darius Rucker to country’s Reba McEntire. I believe the reason for this lies in my ninja power for writing an explosive hit chorus— songs that leap out of the speaker when they hit that signature spot in the...

Melody Hacks For Lyricist Songwriters

  I have been primarily a lyricist for almost 25 years. To survive that long in the music business, I have had to stretch my boundaries to come up with ways to evolve my lyric writing along with changing music landscapes. Over those years, I've developed what I like to think of as melody hacks for lyricist songwriters. Along the way,...

Verses Need Hooks Too! #Songwriting Hacks (Revised for 2021)

Today more than ever, it's not enough that your song has a great catchy chorus. In the modern world you must pull the listener into your song and keep them listening. To do that you need to remember verses need hooks too! It's crucial that you become skilled at creating both rhythmic & melodic "hooks" in your verses when writing songs. Things...

How Many Nouns and Adjectives Your Song Needs

One of the most common questions I get is “How much furniture does my song need?” What the writer means, is “How many nouns and adjectives should my song have?” For instance, if I talk about my rusty blue Ford truck, I have painted you a picture. If I just mention my truck with no details, then you might not picture...

Separating The Song From Its Production

  As a songwriter I have been blessed with both a career I never dreamed possible and a chance to help hundreds of talented writers at SongTown level-up up their songwriting. I especially love delving into vocal melodies and different production techniques that will make a song stand the test of time. Every January I give my Melody Masterclass their first week’s...