Toni Morrison

Words and Music: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Over on the Quote Investigator website you can read interesting research of the adage, “Easy reading is damn hard writing.” It’s commonly ascribed to the 19th century American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne, but it probably existed long before he said it. I love that quote, because it sums up, in my opinion, the problems we face when trying to write […]

Your Music is a Kindness That the World Needs

To all my blog readers, I’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas, and I hope you are able to spend whichever seasonal holiday you embrace with family and friends. This is a perfect time of year to reflect on this wonderful gift you possess — the gift of writing music for others to listen to […]

Gary Ewer: Hooks and Riffs

New Songwriting eBook — And a FREE OFFER

[This article has been edited to reflect a new discount deal available at the Online Store.] I’ve been quietly working on a new eBook for the past while, and it’s finally finished! “Hooks and Riffs: How They Grab Attention, Make Songs Memorable, and Build Your Fan Base” is available now, as part of “The Essential Secrets of […]

Newsletter is Out – And Free Offer Reminder

The November 2015 edition of the Songwriter’s Quick Tips Newsletter has been released, and is sent free of charge to subscribers. If you haven’t subscribed yet, I’ll be sending it again to new subscribers a bit later this week. To subscribe, fill in the form below. Subscribe to The Songwriter’s Quick Tips Newsletter * indicates […]

Lou Reed

Why We Love Bad Singers

A few listener reviews of some of pop/rock music’s big names: Regarding Neil Young: “For as far back as I can remember I’ve disliked this guy. His whiney voice is like nails on a chalkboard.” Regarding Bob Dylan: “Like if a wistful Lee Marvin swallowed a kazoo.” (by Ted Pillow.) Regarding Lucinda Williams: “Out of […]

The Songwriter’s Quick-Tips Newsletter… 2.0

Back in 2008 I began a newsletter for songwriters, “The Songwriter’s Quick-Tips Newsletter.” My last edition was in January of 2014, but I’m happy to announce that I will be starting the newsletter up again, with the first edition of the new version to be sent out later this month. It’s completely free, and I’d […]