5 Songwriting Tips You Might Not Have Thought Of

  Your songwriting rhyme scheme helps the listener keep up with where they are in the song. You want to keep the rhyme scheme consistent across all of the verses and consistent across all of the choruses if the choruses change. Not doing so makes the listener feel unsettled. Your hook or title HAS to appear in one of the following places or...

Little Steps Along The Way

A couple of weeks ago in New York City, I found myself doing some things I never dreamed of doing. In fact, I never set out to do them. They just needed to be done and I was the only one in the room who had the skill set to pull them off. The play I was working on had moved...

My Song Is On “Hold”… Help!!!!

  Now that a number of SongTownians are getting songs pitched and some of them are being put on 'hold', I wanted to talk about what a hold means and how to act when you get one. First of all - what is a hold? A hold is when an artist or an artist's representative asks you to hold off pitching the...

What In The World Is A SongTown??

From time to time, we like to remind people what SongTown is all about.  Just in case you haven't heard of our little "town", here's the rundown: SongTown is a community of songwriters from all across the globe who want to learn to write better songs. Our mantra in SongTown is that the answer to almost any question in the songwriting world...

If I Can Become A Pro Songwriter, YOU Can Too!

  In many ways, I am the least likely person to become a hit songwriter. I grew up with serious self-esteem issues.  I've always been short and was self-conscious about it most of my life.  I was never popular in school.  I am painfully shy and introverted.    I grew up believing that you should ALWAYS make the safe choice. So, how...

The First Rule Of Improv And Co-writing Songs: Say Yes- and!

  Stage Acting, Improv, and Songwriting... Recently I went to see my friend and talented actress Becky Wahlstrom doing improv night at Bongo Java's in Nashville. The group she performed with, the Nashville Improv Company, were amazingly witty, intelligent, and lightning quick in making stuff up. I was struck at how similar the whole improv acting experience was to co-writing songs. The...