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...

Songwriters: For Those Days Of Doubt…

  Songwriters... When you have those days of doubt and wonder why you are chasing your dream....   I wasn't exactly young that day I realized I wanted to be a full-time songwriter. I was mid 30's. I had no connections in the business. I knew no professional songwriters. And I had little...

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...

5 Ways To Complicate Your Songs and Confuse Your Listeners

    There a number of common songwriting errors that complicate the lyric and confuse the listener. If you want to leave your audience scratching their heads, try these techniques on for size. Switch your pronouns around. Include several female characters in your song and then use the pronouns “she” or “her”. This gets them every time. They won’t be able to keep...

Songwriters: Do You really need that fully produced and expensive song demo?

  This is one of the most common questions Marty and I get in the SongTown Mailbox. It seems a common myth exists that says in order to have a record company or artist pick up your songs, you have to produce something that sounds like a finished record. Fortunately for our wallets, this is NOT always the case. Here's what's absolutely essential...

It’s Impossible: More Songwriting Myth Busting

I don't know how many times each week I hear the words "It's impossible". The ridiculous part of it all is that the things they are saying are "impossible" are not impossible at all. Here are some examples I hear all the time: "It's impossible to get a song cut if you don't live in Nashville, New York or LA." False. Lance...

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