Turning Time On Your Hands Into Better Songs

Years ago, I had a big write scheduled and it got cancelled the morning of the write. One of the biggest writers I had ever written with traded me for a co-write with Cher. I couldn't blame him, but I was very let down. My publisher said "Turn time on your hands into better songs." Say What? I...

Songwriters And Artists: Are Your Songs Real or Really Clever?

  Perhaps the most common songwriting mistake that I've seen kill a song... If I had to choose one songwriting mistake I've seen over and over in mentoring sessions through the years, it would be "writing clever instead of writing real." Throughout the entire writing process I am asking myself, does this feel real? Could this have really happened? Does this sound like something...

It’s Never Too Late When It Comes To Your Songwriting Dreams

  I believe that it’s never too late to be what you might have been and to chase your songwriting dreams. I was in my mid thirties when I started trying to write professionally. A friend of mine just landed a starring role (Her first) in a movie with some HUGE actors at age 49. I know someone entering medical...

It‰’s Not the World‰’s Responsibility To ‰”Get You‰” or “Get Your Music”

              I was in Starbucks last week enjoying my morning dose of inspiration—COFFEE!—and an aspiring songwriter approached me. “Are you Clay from SongTown?” “Yes,” I said. He asked if he could chat about writing for a couple of minutes. Then he began by saying, “I’m writing some great music, but no one “gets it.” He continued, “I’ve played...

Songwriters: Formatting Lyric Sheets Like A Pro

  One of the most overlooked details in the songwriting business is properly formatting your lyric sheet. Since starting SongTown, Marty Dodson  and I have had the chance to see many songs lyrics presented in our publisher groups, song contests, and song feedback forums on songtown.com. We've seen some wild lyric sheets—or in many cases, even NO lyric sheets—accompanying songs...