People To Thank This Thanksgiving: A Songwriter’s Perspective

  Being grateful and giving thanks is a discipline that I try to practice daily. From a songwriting perspective, here are some things I believe all of us creative types need to be thankful for: The Believers My mom was a huge believer in me and my music.  When everyone else was telling me "no", she encouraged me to keep on and told...

How To Write A New Song Every Day

I can’t count the number of times I’ve been asked “How in the world do you come up with a song-a-day – every day?” Here’s the short answer on how I pull that off... Ideas I have a database that includes over 600 titles. I can always find something interesting there to write. It saves time, which is crucial for writing a...

Why A Hit Songwriter Had To Learn To Eat Humble Pie!

  After writing my first hit song I thought I had arrived but songwriter humble pie wasn't far behind... About 11 years ago, when my son was eight, I was fortunate enough to have a new single on radio. I had moved to Nashville at 32, and eight years later, it was finally paying off with a song called "Fall," sung...

The Songwriter Chord

THE MUSIC LAB #29: “The Songwriter Chord” -Are You Using It?!?! Want to make your songs contemporary but also not lose that classic feel of great songs? Follow along as Clay Mills shares his secret "songwriter chord" that has been used on mega hits throughout many decades of music. Grab an instrument, your idea pad, and get some pro inspiration...

The Different Types of Songwriting Publishing Deals

There are two common types of songwriting publishing deals that publishers make with writers. But, you don't have to limit yourself to those two options if you can think outside the box.  Here are the two common types of deals plus some ideas for creative options: 1) Staff Writer Writes exclusively for one publisher. Has a quota of songs per year that...