The Magic Behind One-Chord Songs

  I’m obsessed with looking under the hood of great songs to figure out what makes them hum. If we listen closely, some feature cool rhythm patterns in the melody, others defy the norms of form, while other songs showcase unique chord progressions. But, what kind of voodoo pulses through the veins of one-chord songs? Let me unravel some of the mystery—there’s...

Writing To Your Title

When I was a rookie songwriter, I don’t know how many times I had someone tell me “you have to write FROM your title”. Looking back, I think that advice contributed to some weak songs. At the time, I didn’t need any help writing a weak song. After gaining more experience and writing hundred of songs, I came to realize...

Overcoming Writer’s Block: 5 Techniques To Get You Writing Again

  At least twice a week I get an email seeking advice on how to overcome writer’s block. For many songwriters the worst part of the whole writing experience is just getting started. Those times when we sit down to write and nothing comes out. We feel like we have nothing to say. Well here are 5 techniques I’ve used...

Writing an Explosive Hit Chorus in 3 Steps

Over the course of my career, I’ve had a diverse collection of artists sing my songs, from R&B artist Babyface to rocker Darius Rucker to country’s Reba McEntire. I believe the reason for this lies in my ninja power for writing an explosive hit chorus— songs that leap out of the speaker when they hit that signature spot in the...

Melody Hacks For Lyricist Songwriters

  I have been primarily a lyricist for almost 25 years. To survive that long in the music business, I have had to stretch my boundaries to come up with ways to evolve my lyric writing along with changing music landscapes. Over those years, I've developed what I like to think of as melody hacks for lyricist songwriters. Along the way,...

Verses Need Hooks Too! #Songwriting Hacks (Revised for 2021)

Today more than ever, it's not enough that your song has a great catchy chorus. In the modern world you must pull the listener into your song and keep them listening. To do that you need to remember verses need hooks too! It's crucial that you become skilled at creating both rhythmic & melodic "hooks" in your verses when writing songs. Things...