The Scariest Moment In Songwriting

  I believe that the scariest moment in songwriting is the moment before you start. Most of us have voices that play in our heads. Those voices often tell us that the task at hand "can't be done". "You aren't good enough". "You can't handle this".... you know the drill.   It is the rare person who has never heard those...

9 Things Skilled Songwriters Do Differently

  Throughout my 20 years as a professional songwriter, I’ve noticed there isn't always a large difference in talent level among creative people. Why then, do some songwriters seem to have an over abundance of fans buying their music while others struggle to sell the first song? The answer is there is not a huge difference in skills most writers...

5 Ways Songwriters Shoot Themselves In The Foot

  In a 20 year music career as a songwriter, I've shot myself in the foot so many times that it's amazing I can walk.  I thought I'd share some of them to help YOU avoid doing the same thing.  Here are some of the worst "shots" I've taken in the foot. Getting too excited over one good thing. Positive feedback is...

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...

Writing Your First Song

  Even those who have written thousands of songs could benefit from reviewing the basics of what a beginning writer does when writing their first song. Every now and then, someone joins SongTown who is just trying to learn how to write that first song - to turn their own feelings and experiences into music that other people can connect...