An Open Letter To Young Songwriters

I write with a number of young songwriters and I can’t count the times that I have referenced an older song (80’s or 90’s) and discovered that they had never heard the song and in many cases, had never heard of the artist either. This isn’t shocking to me – I once was that guy myself. But it does make...

Songwriters And Artists: Are Your Songs Real or Really Clever?

    Perhaps the most common songwriting mistake that I've seen kill a song... If I had to choose one songwriting mistake I've seen over and over in mentoring sessions through the years, it would be "writing clever instead of writing real." Throughout the entire writing process I am asking myself, does this feel real? Could this have really happened? Does this sound like something...

The 10 Co-Writing Commandments For Songwriters

  Co-writing: The art of sharing your heart felt ideas with another person and trusting the two of you will create songwriting magic. This can be tremendously rewarding and often frustrating. But there are some guidelines to make this experience more often than not a great one. If Moses came down from the mountain with a tablet or two on co-writing perhaps this would...

Does Your Songwriting Focus Need Tweaking?

  One of the awesome things I've learned about songwriting over the years is... No matter what your goal is, learning to improve your craft will get you closer to that goal. My SongTown co-founder, Marty Dodson, and I started our songwriting careers later in life than most folks. Heck, I didn't even know there was such a thing until my late 30's!...