Morning Stretch

I believe that our writing "muscles" are just like any other muscle group. If we want to be as flexible as possible, we have to stretch those muscles from time to time. So, this morning, I wanted to give your brain and maybe your writing muscles a little "Morning Stretch". It makes me cringe every time I hear a writer who...

Songwriting And Life: Lessons That Apply To Both

  Someone pointed out this weekend that my posts often have as much to do with life as they do with songwriting. That made me think, and I realized that it's probably because songwriting is just a reflection of life. So many of the principles we talk about in our posts and the answers we give are really just life principles. How do...

Songwriters: Job #1 As A Writer Means Doing Your Job!

Last week in a mentoring session I was offering tips to help a young writer understand a songwriter's Job #1. One of the demos had an extremely long guitar solo after the first chorus. I suggested that: #1- Guitar solos typically are after the 2nd chorus and not the first. #2- The solo was so long it pushed the song to over 4...

How Do I Submit Songs As A Songwriter To The Music Business?

  There seems to be a lot of confusion out there over the question "As a songwriter, how do I submit songs to the music business?" The truth of the matter is that there is no one way to "submit" songs to the music business. When you simplify the "song submission" idea, there are basically three categories of song submissions that...

Songwriting Is Not An Overnight Success Business

"Worked 17 years for overnight songwriting success."  - Tim Hicks   There's often a misconception when someone in the music business succeeds. It's easy to think that an artist became and instant sensation or overnight songwriting success. So, I thought I'd share a story of how it most often happens here in the real world... Several years ago, at our company Christmas...

9 Ways Pro Songwriters Beat Writer’s Block

  One of the top questions I get asked as a pro songwriter is "how do I beat writer's block. The worst part of the whole writing experience for many writers is just getting started. It's those times when we sit down to write and nothing comes out that is most frustrating. We feel like we have nothing to say....