Songwriters: Are You Chasing The Wrong Things?

  You can tell a lot about a person by what they are chasing. Some chase money. Others chase houses or cars. Some chase relationships or better jobs. Some are dream chasers. I watched an interview several years ago with Ted Turner. The interviewer asked him what it was like to look at your net worth and, for the first time, see $1,000,000,000....

Irreconcilable Songwriter Differences?

Irreconcilable Songwriter Differences? By: Marty Dodson   The Songtown Mailbox gets a lot of questions regarding what to do when you and your co-writers can't agree on how to finish your song. So, here are my thoughts on the topic. The general rule in the writing room is that everyone involved will commit...

11 Lessons From Thirteen #1 Country Songs – 2014

  Producer Larry Beaird did an amazing job with a private webinar for our SongTown Diamond Members. In the webinar, he revealed 11 Lessons From Thirteen #1 Country Songs - 2014. Here are some of the findings based on his research. 1) How many words were in the longest title? 5 2) How many #1 songs had one word titles? 3 3) How...

5 Ways George Strait Stayed In The Game For 30 Years

5 Ways George Strait Stayed In The Music Game For 30 Years   George Strait is a striking example of an artist that stayed relevant and in the game for more than 30 years. Artists who want a long career and writers who want to remain relevant can learn from King George by thinking about...

Some See Weeds

My wife posted a picture on Facebook aåÊåÊwhile back of dandelions growing in our yard. When we got back from Spain our grass was really high and there were a lot of wildflowers that had popped up. It was really beautiful to see all of the color in our yard. Candy's comment to me about her picture was "Some...

Don’t Get Bogged Down In Your Songwriting

Don't Get Bogged Down In Your Songwriting by Marty Dodson   A friend told me one time that she had gotten so tired of writing for radio (and getting no cuts) that she decided one day to try to write the most ANTI radio song she could write. She said she had the...