The “Instant Melancholy” Chord Substitution

The Melancholy Chord Substitution. I’ve been blessed to get away with some interesting chord changes over the course of my songwriting career. Those songs found their way onto pop and country mainstream radio—two formats that, right or wrong, have a rap for simple chords.   Whether it was sneaking in a 2 Major Sus chord at the top of the pre-chorus...

It’s Impossible: More Songwriting Myth Busting

I don't know how many times each week I hear the words "It's impossible". The ridiculous part of it all is that the things they are saying are "impossible" are not impossible at all. Well, let's just do a little songwriting myth busting! "It's impossible to get a song cut if you don't live in Nashville, New York or LA."  False....

SongTown: A No Guru Zone- Why We Created Something Real For Songwriters

  SongTown - A no "Guru" zone for songwriters...   At SongTown, we've been pretty protective of our songwriting community. It's a private community of some of the best up and coming songwriters around. Marty Dodson and I started it 8 years ago to help grow aspiring writers into world-class writers. A lot of folks in the music business asked...

There Are Songs in That Guitar: A Songwriter’s Holiday Reflection

This is my Songwriter's Holiday Reflection This holiday season, I find myself looking back and remembering people that have been an important part of my life. The winter holidays are a wonderful time for cultivating gratitude. Looking back, there have been people who have been there for me since day one, and there have been those who were only in...