Simple Song Design Using Big Star's "Thirteen"

Big Star’s “Thirteen” could have been written today, and in fact you can use it as a model for your next song. ____________________ “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle now includes a free copy of “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro.” ____________________ I was recently reminded of the band Big Star recently […]

Song Analysis: David Bowie’s “Where Are We Now?”

Bowie’s new single “Where Are We Now?” reveals that power and profoundness often come wrapped in simplicity. David Bowie’s new album, “The Next Day”, is due to be released March 8 (Australia) to March 12 (USA). With great excitement, the lead single from the album, “Where Are We Now?“, was released Tuesday, January 8. According […]

Identifying the Problem(s) With a Problem Song

The Songwriter’s Checklist can help you identify nagging problems with your song. ______________ You may be writing songs every day, but are you just reinforcing songwriting errors? Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and solve your songwriting problems today. ______________ Last week I wrote about the temptation that exists to fix a song that […]

“Somebody That I Used To Know” – Why It Works

“Somebody That I Used To Know”, like most of the best songs out there, is a study in subtleties. __________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle. Become the best songwriter you can be! __________________ There’s really a ton that a songwriter can learn from Gotye’s hit from last year, “Somebody That I Used To Know.” […]

Feist’s “How Come You Never Go There”: Why It Works

The success of a song comes down to how the various elements connect. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and build your audience base. _____________ One of the things that immediately attracted me to the song, “How Come You Never Go There“, by Canadian singer-songwriter Feist, is the sheer simplicity of its structure, […]

How to Analyze Hit Songs, and Boost Your Own Songwriting Skills In the Process

Once you know why hit songs are successful, you can apply those successes to your own music. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. _____________ Is it possible to analyze music without having strong music theory skills? I strongly advocate the learning of music theory as being hugely beneficial when analyzing […]