Good News For Songwriters: Hard Work Trumps Talent

  Some of you have heard me tell this story before. Early in my writing career, I had enjoyed all the family activities I could stand and I needed a little break. So, I went to our publishing office to work on some ideas and plan my strategy for the upcoming year. The music business in Nashville shuts down from...

5 Ways Second Verse Lyrics Can Destroy Your Song

  There are many ways that a song can start to go wrong in the second verse. Don't let these "song-killers" crop up in YOUR second verses!  Here are some of the prime "killers". 1) Say the same thing as the first verse in different words. You have to give the listener something more in the second verse. Saying the same...

7 Books Every Songwriter Should Read

Writing and reading lessens our isolation and prods our imagination. Music makes our souls dance, and great art leaves an impression that lasts for centuries. Over my 23 years as a professional songwriter, I’ve read just about every book on creativity I could get my hands on. Though I’m convince I will never fully understand this magical, mythical experience of...

10 Characteristics Of Highly Creative People

  A different breed... Over the last 20 years of writing and working with artists, producers, and co-writers; I've noticed certain traits in myself and others in the creative community. We are wired differently than the other 95% of the population. We are the creative types. Is this you? 1. When inspiration strikes, they forget everything else but their...

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