Heart vs. Head: How To Write Your Best Songs

  Songwriting is beautifully complex and yet simple... I am often reminded when teaching aspiring songwriters how simple, and yet complex, writing a song can be. It's a beautiful mix of emotions, wit, determination, and being in the moment. A very common obstacle I see to great writing is what I call "Heart vs. Head." Too much emotional attachment... When a song (let's...

How Do Writers and Publishers Split Royalties?

    We get lots of music business questions in SongTown and this is a common one, so I thought I'd answer it in a post. The business side of music is not as complicated as it seems.  Here are the basics of writer/publisher deals and how money is split. There are two shares of royalties for each writer when a song is...

Why Did You Start Songwriting?

  I believe that it is good for all songwriters to stay in touch with what made them want to write a song in the first place. For me, here were some reasons that I put pen to paper and created melodies: I had a crush on the girl down the street and wanted to write about her. I believed that I had...

Why Do You Write Songs? And Why Is It Important To Know?

    I have discovered that there are many reasons people write songs.  Sometimes we assume that everyone writing a song must want a major artist to record it.  While that is true for many writers, it's not the real motivation for many others.   Here are some of the more popular reasons people write songs: They feel like they have something to say.  Many...

5 Ways To Write Songs Outside The Box

Most of us tend to gravitate toward the same kinds of things when we write.  We write grooves and feels that we like.  And we tend to write topics we like as well. Use these exercises to stretch your writing boundaries. 1) Write songs from the point of view of the opposite gender...

Writing Your Life In Song

  I believe that to be successful as a songwriter, you have to be very versatile. I have had songs recorded by artists as varied as The Oak Ridge Boys and The Plain White T’s. But, the area in which I have had the most success is writing my life. When I have written (well) the experiences that have shaped and...