Songwriters: Are You Pitching Your Songs With A Shotgun or Rifle?

  In our most recent SongTown Staff Writer Crash Course, we had a number of songwriters concerned because they could only submit one song for consideration for the week’s assignment. The prevailing attitude was that “more shots equals a better chance of something great happening”. I want to dispel that myth and to explain why pitching your songs with a shotgun is...

Other People’s Opinions – Are They Good Or Bad For Your Songwriting?

  I wrote with a writer last week who is actively looking for a publishing deal. He is a super talented writer and was expressing frustration over how two publishers suggested changes on a song he wrote and both gave exact opposite opinions on what his song needed. One said his his chorus music didn’t go anywhere and needed work....

Songwriters: Are You Thinking Like An Artist?

  If you are trying to write songs to pitch to artists, then you MUST learn to think like an artist. Here are questions that artists ask when they choose songs. They are also questions I ask myself as I’m writing to make sure I’m writing something an artist would want to say. 1) How does this song make me look? If...

Top Ten Things I Wish I Knew Early In My Songwriting Career

    1) Diversify – learn to write lots of different kinds of songs. Your goal should be to have a great song that works for every artist. 2) Be honest about your strengths and weaknesses. If you can be honest with yourself, you can find people that are strong where you are weak and write better songs immediately. 3) Don’t try to do...

Your Song Circle

  When I was 19 and moved to New York to pursue my dream of being a songwriter, I was fortunate enough to meet someone who invited me into a song circle. I had no clue what a song circle was or what it would one day mean to me, but I convinced myself to get over my shyness and attend...

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