Song Analysis: "Don't Believe a Thing I Say" (Jack Johnson)

It’s time to take your songwriting to a new level of excellence. “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro” is an 82-page eBook that’s a must-read if you’re trying to move from amateur to pro songwriter. It comes free with your purchase of  “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle. Read more.. ___________ Jack Johnson […]

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5 Main Differences Between Fast and Slow Songs that Songwriters Should Know

Fast and slow songs have several basic differences in design that usually need to be there. ____________ “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” eBook Bundles come with “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro”. Get today’s deal by purchasing the 10-eBook Deluxe Bundle. Read more.. _____________ As soon as you start listing the basic principles governing songwriting, […]

John Mayer's "Paper Doll" – Why the Melody Works So Well

Repetition and contrast provide melodic strength to “Paper Doll”. _______________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 eBook Bundle, and get “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro” free. _______________________ John Mayer’s “Paper Doll”, from his recent “Paradise Valley” album (released in August, 2013), is a beautiful tune that shows songwriters how melodic motifs […]

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 […]