4 Ways Pro Songwriters Figure Out What To Write About

4 Ways Pro Songwriters Figure Out What To Write About By: Marty Dodson   5 days a week, pro songwriters walk into a room with a musical instrument and a computer in hand. Their co-writer(s) arrive and they exchange small talk. Inevitably, someone asks THE question of the day - "What are we going to write...

5 Ways To Build Up Your Idea Muscles

5 Ways To Build Up Your Idea Muscles By: Marty Dodson   I believe that generating ideas requires training your brain - you idea muscle - to think outside the box. I have been reading a book called "Become An Idea Machine" that suggests that we should set a goal of coming up with 10 new...

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...

Songwriters – Don’t Be That Guy

Songwriters - Don't Be That Guy by: Marty Dodson   Songwriters - if you want a career in music, great co-writes, meetings with publishers, artist co-writes and the like, you CAN'T be "That Guy". You know, the guy (or girl) that: 1) Drops off a CD with ten songs. Let's be real. NOBODY...

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 what he learned from studying every #1 country song of 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?...

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...