Joni Mitchell - Little Green

How Hidden Meaning Works: Joni Mitchell’s “Little Green”

A song where the meaning of the lyric isn’t immediately clear excites us. We’re usually intrigued by the fact that the words are so simple, the phrases and sentences so seemingly unambiguous, and yet… what does it all mean? We can usually tell when a songwriter is pouring out their soul to us, even if […]

Love Songs

Can a Love Song Be Unique Anymore?

After decades of love songs, guess what still sells? Love songs. There’s something about love that people still want to hear about. Yes, your audience still wants to feel you tug at their heartstrings. And what’s strange — maybe even bizarre — is that you don’t really have to say much of anything unique on the […]

R.E.M. Everybody Hurts

Why Sad Music Makes Us Feel Happy

As a songwriter, it wouldn’t be unusual to devote a lot of time to thinking about how to make your audience happy. You’re probably opting for fast tempos, major chords, and lyrics with an upbeat message. But you might be missing something: the positive effect that writing sad music can have on your audience. In 2013 […]

Controlling the Emotion of a Song

Expecting an audience to respond to your emotions won’t usually work. ____________ “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” eBook Bundle packages include this eBook: “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro”. Right now, the 10-eBook Deluxe Bundle is on sale at a DISCOUNT PRICE. Read more.. _____________ One of the most common errors that beginner songwriters commit […]

The Difference Between Inspiration and Motivation for Songwriting

If you write songs only when inspired, you’re missing out on the benefits of motivation. ____________ Purchase “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle TODAY, and receive your free eBook “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro”. _____________ In casual conversation, you may be inclined to use the words “inspiration” and “motivation” interchangeably. For example, you might […]