5 Ways Second Verse Lyrics Can Destroy Your Song

  There are many ways that a song can start to go wrong in the second verse. Don't let these "song-killers" crop up in YOUR second verses!  Here are 5 ways second verse lyrics can destroy your songs. 1) Say the same thing as the first verse in different words. You have to give the listener something more in the second verse....

Songwriters: 5 Keys To Building A Better Song Catalog (Revised 2021)

Several SongTownian's have recently asked the question, "what's the best way to build a better song catalog?" Here are some key things I've learned over the years after writing for several major publishing companies and building a new catalog at each. Write, write, write! There is no substitute for this. A catalog is a collection of songs. You need to write every day...

How Do Songwriters Get Paid? Top 4 Ways You May Be Missing Out (Revised 2021)

  Songwriters are wonderfully creative people with the ability to dream big with their hearts and minds. But often, understanding how we get paid is not our forte. So, here’s an overview of how songwriters get paid. Publishing Draws for songwriters. This is a monthly amount a publisher pays to a writer that is on an exclusive staff publishing deal. A publisher might...

Co-Writer Relationships: Divorce Rate Skyrockets

In a VERY unscientific poll, I’ve concluded that co-writing relationships are falling apart at a similar rate to marriages. I come in contact with so many people who are struggling with co-writing relationships which is unfortunate because co-writing is THE biggest contributor to most songwriter’s success. If you look at the charts in ANY genre, you will see more...

Melody and The Power of Three

  In storytelling, there is a principle called “The Rule of Three.” This principle points to the tendency for plays, movies, and stories to have three repeating or related elements. Stories and plays usually have three acts. In fairy tales, the hero is often granted three wishes. In the story, “The Three Little Pigs,” the big bad wolf visits three...

How To Get Motivated To Write More Songs

  Over the last 3 years at SongTown I have personally responded to thousands of emails. Many want to write better songs but can't seem to find the songwriting motivation to commit to writing on a regular basis. If this is you, you are not alone. We all feel the pull of emails, social media, or that new movie that we just gotta...