SongTown – The Power Of Community For Songwriters

When I first started writing songs I was obsessed with listening to records. Songs and sound just turned me on. I was thoroughly engrossed with my favorite artist. I read books about Bob Dylan, I read liner notes and interviews with the Eagles. Deep down, I felt I was part of their world through their music. I spent a...

How To Write 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...

How To Write Commercial Songs – Without Selling Your Soul

  Often songwriters in our SongTown classes ask, "How do I write commercial songs without selling out?" They are writers who would like to have commercial success and hear one of their songs on the radio or an album. But they want to know how to accomplish this and still be true to themselves. They don't want to sell-out. The definition of...

5 Ways To Break Out Of Your Writing Rut And Spark New Songs

  One of the hardest things a songwriter has to learn to level-up their writing is learning how to avoid or pull themselves out of a songwriting rut. Here are 5 things I've learned over my 25-year career that have me avoid songwriting ruts and stay inspired... Switch instruments to spark new song ideas... If you write on guitar, get an inexpensive...

Did I Wait Too Long To Start Writing Songs?

Many of our SongTown members put songwriting aside for years while they raised a family.  The dreams from their 20's only really started to get a chance in their 40's or 50's or beyond because life got in the way. So, they come to us and ask "Did I wait too long to start writing songs?" My answer is always...