7 Books Every Songwriter Should Read

Writing and reading lessens our isolation and prods our imagination. Music makes our souls dance, and great art leaves an impression that lasts for centuries.   Over my 23 years as a professional songwriter, I’ve read just about every book on creativity I could get my hands on. Though I’m convince I will never fully understand this magical, mythical experience of creative...

The Truth About “First Use” Song Licenses

Lately, I've run into several interesting situations with "first use" song licenses, so I thought I'd try to educate and enlighten just a bit here.  Copyright law allows the copyright owners to control the FIRST recording of any song.  After that, a compulsory license kicks in.  After the first license is granted, then ANYONE who wants to record the...

Songwriters: You Fail Only If You Stop Writing Songs

Hi, are you a songwriter? I’ve had people come up to me and introduce themselves in a setting where I suspected that they were also songwriters. When I ask if they are songwriters they say, “Not a real songwriter – I’ve never had anything recorded”. That always breaks my heart. I believe that commercial success does not make one a writer any...

4 Common Songwriting Mistakes – And 4 Fast Fixes

  Are your songs not getting results? Is that latest greatest song you've written not having the impact on your audience that you were so sure it would? Often the difference in a good song and one that moves the listener is a simple quick fix. Keep your intro under 15 seconds. One of the most common mistakes in commercial songwriting is the long...

Who Can Stop You From Writing Songs?

  "Who can stop you from writing songs?" I think that's a valid question for every songwriter to ask themselves from time to time. On occasion, I hear songwriters say things like... "It's not really worth writing a song if I can't get a publisher to listen." Or "Why bother writing another song no one will ever hear?" Or even "It's so hard...

The Mindful Songwriter

The world we live in is full of distractions.  With an unlimited supply of entertainment and information in our phones, it is becoming more and more rare to see someone just sitting, thinking and being fully present or mindful. We walk in restaurants and 100% of the people sitting alone are on their phones.  Many people who are with others are...