Seven Questions Songwriters Should Ask For Better Lyrics

At its best, lyric writing is a magical mixture of creativity and storytelling that can bring your listener into a world you’ve created and hold them there for the length of your song. However in order to create the perfect, tightly-scripted narrative that great lyrics possess, countless hours of writing and re-writing are often necessary.
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Six Critical Things Successful Songwriters Do Every Day

One of the best parts of spending time in Nashville for as long as I have is that I get to observe – up close – the way successful songwriters manage their day to day lives. Beyond the obvious songwriting talent, there are lots of other things that these songwriters do day in and day
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Four Essential Reasons Songwriters Don’t Have to Do it All

The life of a songwriter is full of a seemingly endless array of tasks that extend well beyond the act of writing songs. While there are a lot of things songwriters can – and should – be doing to get ahead in their careers, sometimes it can be a relief to know that we don’t
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Four Compelling Reasons Songwriters Should Be Organized

When it comes to pursuing a career in songwriting, there is very little room for songwriters to indulge in stereotypical “artistic” behavior. The reality is that flighty, irresponsible and disorganized creative geniuses rarely have any significant commercial success. Being organized yields measurable benefits above and beyond the obvious ability to find a pair of matching
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When, How & Why to Break the Rules of Songwriting

While there isn’t an official songwriting rulebook, there are quite a few tried and true songwriting conventions that over time have essentially become rules. In almost all instances, these “rules” are there because they tend to make songs more commercial or catchy or both. That being said, breaking these rules can be a very effective
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Four Things Songwriters Need – But Might Not Want – to Hear

When I think about the mental state of my younger songwriting self, I see a mixture of bravery, idealism and a healthy dose of misinformation. While I wouldn’t trade any of my experiences, it might have been nice to receive a friendly warning or two along the way about the realities of my chosen profession.
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Six Calculated Risks for Songwriters

When I first started writing songs, I was inspired and fearless. I was so deeply immersed in my creative process that I didn’t give any real thought as to how the rest of the world felt about what I was doing. However, when I decided to start thinking of songwriting as a potential career, I
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A Dozen Great Music & Songwriting Quotes

Having spent more than two decades as a songwriter and musician, I’ve collected some wonderfully distilled pieces of wisdom from friends and music industry luminaries. Here are a bunch of my favorites that I find myself using/referring to often. 1. “They don’t call it the music ‘friend’ or the music ‘nice.’” – Kate Wallace I
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A Guide For Navigating Tough Times as a Songwriter

“Everyone has a plan ’till they get punched in the mouth.” – Mike Tyson In my years as a songwriter, I’ve found it’s not a matter of “if” but “when” you’re going to hit a rough patch. The key, in my experience, is not trying to avoid these tough times but, rather, to learn to
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Five Ways I Balance Songwriting & Life

Ever wonder how pop stars keep it all together while still staying creative? Singer/Songwriter, Lisa Loeb, has graciously agreed to give us some insight into her approach. Introduction I made a brief list of a few things I’ve come up with that help me balance my life to include creativity and songwriting. Above all, I try to
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