Write A Song That Excites You – Always Write Inspired

Learning to write inspired... One ordinary Tuesday, I drove to a co-write with really low expectations. My co-writer, Jason Matthews, and I were going to try to finish a song that I wasn’t really in love with. We weren't writing inspired, but we had decided we would finish it, so I drove to his house. We started working on the song...

5 Steps For Eliminating Roadblocks To Your Songwriting Success

Songwriters, does this sound familiar? You start out with good intentions to write a new song today and then the phone rings, or you remember an errand you forgot to do, and there‰'s that email you need to reply to. Before you know it you have spent the whole day doing anything and everything else but writing? Here‰ are...

There Are Songs in That Guitar: A Christmas Holiday Reflection

  This Christmas season, I find myself looking back and remembering people that have been an important part of my life. I think the winter holidays are a wonderful time for cultivating gratitude. There have been people who have been there for me since day one, and there have been those who were only in my life for brief moments,...

Quick Song Biz Tip: Songwriting Mechanical Royalties 101

  What Are Songwriting Mechanical Royalties? Every time a song you‰'ve written is manufactured (Cd, Vinyl, etc) or downloaded on a digital music retail site, or streamed through services like Spotify; songwriting mechanical royalties are paid to you. As a songwriter/publisher, you are owed a royalty every time your composition is reproduced (on vinyl, tape, CD, MP3, etc). A record does not have...

5 Stinking Thinking Songwriter Thoughts

  These kinds of thoughts keep a negative cloud over you and your writing AND they actually decrease your chances of success. If these thoughts creep into your head, kick them to the curb before they derail your creativity and your forward progress. 1) "My songs are better than...." It doesn't matter at the end of the day. Comparing your work to...