The Nail in the Wall

  I'm a very goal oriented person. I need to see the end goal so that I can figure out how to get there. I like to break down my big goals into bite sized pieces and check things off my list. There are so many elements of getting a song recorded that are out of my control. So, I have to...

Why Do You Write Songs?

  Almost all of the people I write with are trying to get their songs recorded and make a living by doing so.  It is easy to get so caught up in the pursuit of something commercial that I lose sight of the reasons I started writing songs in the first place.  Those reasons, if lost and forgotten, take away the...

Songwriters: You Must Bring Something New to the Party

I've played this song for several publishers and they all said it sounds like the radio, but not one took my song...‰ Recently, while doing a mentoring session, a talented SongTownian prefaced her song she was about to play with these words, "I've played this song for several publishers and they all said it sounds like the radio, but...

4 Songwriting Tips From Seasoned Pro Marty Dodson

  I've been a professional songwriter for more than 20 years.  In that time, I've learned a lot by making lots of mistakes.  Here are some tips that can help you learn to write better songs WITHOUT making the same mistakes I made. Write From Your Heart - Edit With Your Head If you try to write from your head, you'll have a...

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...

6 Errors That Kill A Song Lyric

  Verb tenses changing, or going back and forth in a weird way.  This is one of the mistakes I see most often when critiquing song lyrics. Switching between past, present and future can really mess your lyric up if you are not super clear about what is going on. Let someone else read your lyric and have them tell you what...