Little Steps Along The Way

A couple of weeks ago in New York City, I found myself doing some things I never dreamed of doing. In fact, I never set out to do them. They just needed to be done and I was the only one in the room who had the skill set to pull them off. The play I was working on had moved...

What In The World Is A SongTown??

From time to time, we like to remind people what SongTown is all about.  Just in case you haven't heard of our little "town", here's the rundown: SongTown is a community of songwriters from all across the globe who want to learn to write better songs. Our mantra in SongTown is that the answer to almost any question in the songwriting world...

If I Can Become A Pro Songwriter, YOU Can Too!

  In many ways, I am the least likely person to become a hit songwriter. I grew up with serious self-esteem issues.  I've always been short and was self-conscious about it most of my life.  I was never popular in school.  I am painfully shy and introverted.    I grew up believing that you should ALWAYS make the safe choice. So, how...

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 write...

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 First Rule Of Improv And Co-writing Songs: Say Yes- and!

  Stage Acting, Improv, and Songwriting... Recently I went to see my friend and talented actress Becky Wahlstrom doing improv night at Bongo Java's in Nashville. The group she performed with, the Nashville Improv Company, were amazingly witty, intelligent, and lightning quick in making stuff up. I was struck at how similar the whole improv acting experience was to co-writing songs. The...

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