The Real Truth About Pitch To Publisher Events And Your Songwriting Career.

    Every week I see determined hardworking songwriters flocking to pitch to publisher events to play their songs for publishers. I see whole businesses existing on this model of setting up pitch to publisher events. I've seen it for 25 years! While there might be some networking potential to find co-writers, etc, I have not heard of songs being picked up at...

Does Your Song Need A Bridge?

  So you’ve reached that point in the song; you’ve written two verses and a chorus, and that little voice in your head says “I need to write a bridge.” But do you really??? When do you know if a song truly needs a bridge? I’ve heard publishers say things to their writers like, “You must write bridges because the last three...

The Creative River Series: What’s Stopping You?

  I remember sitting in a Mexican restaurant a couple years ago with the late songwriter Tim Johnson. We were preparing to play a benefit that evening for a local high school. “What’s stopping you?” Tim asked. You see, I’d just told him that I’d always dreamed of playing the stage at the legendary Ryman Auditorium. So many of my musical heroes...

The Nail in the Wall

  I'm a very goal oriented person. I need to see the end goal so that I can figure out how to get there. I like to break down my big goals into bite sized pieces and check things off my list. There are so many elements of getting a song recorded that are out of my control. So, I have to...

Why Do You Write Songs?

  Almost all of the people I write with are trying to get their songs recorded and make a living by doing so.  It is easy to get so caught up in the pursuit of something commercial that I lose sight of the reasons I started writing songs in the first place.  Those reasons, if lost and forgotten, take away the...

Songwriters: You Must Bring Something New to the Party

I've played this song for several publishers and they all said it sounds like the radio, but not one took my song...‰ Recently, while doing a mentoring session, a talented SongTownian prefaced her song she was about to play with these words, "I've played this song for several publishers and they all said it sounds like the radio, but...