All Good Things…

Whelp… After over 150 posts on songwriting, studio work and the music business, I’ve decided to step away from my blog to purse new avenues for my songwriting and teaching. That being said, I’ve worked very hard to make sure that most, if not all, of these posts have what they call “evergreen” information. This
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To Stream Or Not To Stream

Thanks to Shannon O’Keefe at ConsumersAdvocate.org and author, Leslie Cook,  for this thoughtful article… For singers and songwriters looking to break into the music scene, online streaming services have become one of the main ways of getting their product before a wider audience. Being able to present your music to a larger number of people
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My Favorite FAQs about The Music Business, Co-writing and Demos

Teaching songwriting and music business workshops over the past fifteen years, I’ve observed that there’s a “greatest hits” of questions that I get over and over again from my attendees. I thought it might be helpful to give you not only those questions to think about but also my answers. I’ve broken it down into
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How Songwriters Should Listen To Their Demos

The blessing and the curse of recording your finished song is that you can really dig in a scrutinize every detail of the recording. The “blessing” part is being able to hear all of the things that are coming together to make your song sound great but the “curse” is that by listening so closely,
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What Songwriters Should – and Shouldn’t – Do When Meeting With Music Publishers

For most songwriters, the idea of being a staff songwriter for a music publisher is a lifelong dream. However, in order for this dream to become a reality, you’ll need to be more than just a gifted songwriter. You’ll need to show a publisher – and yourself – that you’re ready to think and act
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What Songwriters Should – and Shouldn’t – Do When Working With Music Producers

The way that I like to describe what a music producer does is that a music producer is to a recording as a director is to a movie. In other words, the producer is responsible for everything from the musical arrangement decisions all the way to working with the vocalist and session musicians to make
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What Songwriters Should – and Shouldn’t – Do When Working With Session Musicians

One of my greatest joys as a producer and engineer over the years has been bearing witness to the musical genius that is the session musician. The same people you’ve been hearing on recordings your whole lives are the men and women who make their livings coming into the studio and playing not only on
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What Songwriters Should – and Shouldn’t – Do When Working With Demo Singers

In my experience, the single most important part of any songwriting demo is the vocal. The vocal carries your melody and lyric which, for all intents and purposes, is your song. And for my money, a great demo singer is the best way to guarantee that your demo will be well received. That being said,
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What Songwriters Can Expect When Working With Professional Session Musicians

A great privilege one receives as a music producer in Nashville is getting to work with some of the finest session musicians in the world. These men and women have played on some of the best known albums of all time and even after all these years of working with them, I never cease to
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Two Major Mistakes All Songwriters Should Avoid

In the twenty-five years that I’ve been writing songs and, more recently, that I’ve been teaching songwriting, I’ve made and/or observed countless missteps in songwriting and navigating a songwriting career. Here are two big mistakes that you should attempt to avoid if at all possible. 1. Writing songs without thinking about the craft Given that
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