Why Writing From a Title Works So Well

In considering the many ways that songwriters start the songwriting process, working from a title is, in my opinion, one of the best. The reason comes down to one word: focus. To tell you more about what I mean, consider one of the other common ways to get the process started: working from a chord progression. […]

Songwriting: Working From the Title Gives Your Song a Point of Focus

It’s helpful to learn how some of the world’s biggest hit songwriters do what they do to create those songs. Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb (The Bee Gees) wrote some of the world’s biggest pop song hits, for themselves and for others, from the late 60s into the 21st century. Do you know how to […]

John Legend

Paying Closer Attention to the Rhythm of a Chorus Melody

I’ve aterritten a fair bit lately about making a verse more effective, either by creating an interesting key change, or by paying closer attention to how the verse connects to the chorus. In this post, I want to look more closely at the chorus itself, and address an issue when the chorus itself just doesn’t […]

Songwriter at piano

To Keep Writer’s Block Away, Less Might Be More

There’s a little trick I use when I’m having one of those days where it seems I’m getting nothing done. It works best at the times in my life when I feel that I have nothing to show for how busy my day seems to be: I put the simplest, easiest tasks into my daily […]

Peter Gabriel - Don't Give up

Where a Lyrical Cliché Might Work In a Song

One of the worst things you might do as a songwriter is to use clichés in your lyrics, but I’d like to make a small defence of this faux-pas, at least in certain situations. You’d think that a cliché is going to get your song sent immediately to the naughty chair called “Worst Songs Ever”, […]

Step-by-Step Songwriting: Starting a Song With Lyrics

If starting your songs with lyrics intimidates you, here’s a step-by-step process that will help. ___________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and open your eyes to the principles of great songwriting. ___________________ The vast majority of the great songwriters from the past several decades are the ones that put lyrics front and centre […]