Four Things You Might Not Know About Lyric Writing

As a longtime songwriter and – often specifically a lyricist – I’ve had a chance to observe why and how lyrics work. While it’s obvious that the words can tell a story or create a mood, what’s less obvious is what happens when you take a step back and look at the role of the
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Five Ways to Find Songwriting Collaborators

So let’s say you’re a lyricist  who has lots of great song ideas but no melodies to hang them on. Or, let’s say, you’re an experienced musician and vocalist but can’t imagine putting words to any of your melodies. Songwriting collaboration in these – and many other – instances can be the ideal solution. The
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Five Ways Songwriters Can Avoid Writer’s Block

Songwriting – like any art – requires at least a certain amount of inspiration. However, the more you write the more often inspiration isn’t as available as you’d like it to be. Occasionally, inspiration can appear to run completely dry. When you find yourself heading toward or already in that situation, there are multiple ways
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Some Tips on Editing and Re-writing A Lyric

I’d like to introduce you to Tom Kimmel. Along with releasing several major label albums as an artist himself, Tom has written songs covered by Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker, Linda Ronstadt and Randy Travis among others. Tom’s insights into the lyric-writing process are well worth a good read. Enjoy! _____ For some of us, a
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Five Questions Songwriters Can Ask Themselves to Decide If Their Song Is Finished

When most of us start out writing songs, it’s pretty difficult for us to know when a song is officially finished. The more songs you write and the better you know your own process, the easier this will become. That being said, here are some things you can do right away to help you know
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Five Major Email Mistakes Songwriters Should Avoid

Let me begin by saying that my intention in writing this article is to help you avoid some of the mistakes I unwittingly made early in my songwriting career. The kinds of mistakes I’m talking about are not done maliciously as much as they are a result of an unthinking set of behaviors based on
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How Not to Suck at Songwriting

My friend and longtime collaborator, Kevin Fisher, is a multi-platinum selling songwriter based in Los Angeles. Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans, Uncle Kracker and many others have recorded his songs. As an artist himself and a writer for others, his songs are being played all over the world. In this article, Kevin shares some of his hard-won
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A Primer on Song Structure For Songwriters

As songwriters, most of us begin writing by emulating the flow and feel of some of our favorite songs without giving too much active thought to the underlying structure. However, the longer you write and the more attention you pay to what makes songs work, the more clear it becomes that there is a great
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Four Ways to Write Better Songs by Making Them Simpler

For most people in the world, writing a song is simply an impossible proposition. The idea of creating music and lyrics is more like a magic trick than a job. For those of us who can write songs, however, we have a different set of challenges. One of the primary ones involves learning how to
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Four Reasons You’re Not Getting Your Songs Cut

Patience. One of the hardest things to come up with when you’re passionate about your music and truly believe that your songs are good enough to be cut by famous singers and played on the radio. But it’s patience – and a world class work ethic – that you’re going to need most as you
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