Etiquette For Songwriting (and life)

  Our pitch to publisher webinar on Thursday reminded me of several points that I think bear bringing up every now and then. Almost everyone involved in the song submitting process behaved professionally. One or two did not. One of those people e-mailed us after the event claiming that we must not have listened to their songs because they submitted two songs...

Writing Your First Song

  Even those who have written thousands of songs could benefit from reviewing the basics of what a beginning writer does when writing their first song. Every now and then, someone joins SongTown who is just trying to learn how to write that first song - to turn their own feelings and experiences into music that other people can connect...

Songwriting Success Was Just Around The Corner: How Could We Have Known?

  I remember sitting in my small, cramped writing studio in Nashville 10 years ago with my two best friends and co-writers, Sonny LeMaire and Shane Minor. We'd been writing together for two years, mostly because we loved hanging out with each other and creating music. No one was recording our songs, but we were were excited about what we were...

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...

Why Did You Start Songwriting?

  I believe that it is good for all songwriters to stay in touch with what made them want to write a song in the first place. For me, here were some reasons that I put pen to paper and created melodies: I had a crush on the girl down the street and wanted to write about her. I believed that I had...

Songwriters: Learn To Speak Music Business

Lots of songwriters in SongTown just want to become better writers for their own pleasure - and that's awesome!  We love helping people get more out of their writing just because it makes them feel good.  Another significant group in "Town" is trying to write commercially and break into the music business.  If that's your goal, you need to learn...

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