The Truth About “First Use” Song Licenses

Lately, I've run into several interesting situations with "first use" song licenses, so I thought I'd try to educate and enlighten just a bit here.  Copyright law allows the copyright owners to control the FIRST recording of any song.  After that, a compulsory license kicks in.  After the first license is granted, then ANYONE who wants to record the...

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...

Songwriters: You Fail Only If You Stop Writing Songs

Hi, are you a songwriter? I’ve had people come up to me and introduce themselves in a setting where I suspected that they were also songwriters. When I ask if they are songwriters they say, “Not a real songwriter – I’ve never had anything recorded”. That always breaks my heart. I believe that commercial success does not make one a writer any...

Arriving: In Life And Songwriting

    The longer I live and the more I write, the more I realize that there really is no “destination” in life, unless it is death.   Short of the grave, we are all still on the journey, trying to figure out the world and our place in it. In regard to writing, we all (or most of us anyway) have hopes,...

10 Things I Wish I Knew Early In My Songwriting Career

Early in my songwriting career, I knew nothing about how the business works or how to actually become a full-time songwriter and sustain a career as one.  This is a list of things I wish I knew when I was starting out.  Knowing these ten things could have saved me years of trial and error.  Consider them my gift to...