Got Songwriting Ideas, But Can’t Finish the Song?

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and learn how to pull all your musical ideas into a GREAT song! _____________ When we just can’t seem to generate anything that sounds like a songwriting idea, we usually chalk it up to writer’s block. But there’s a particular kind of problem that’s a bit different: […]

“Jar of Hearts”, and the Art of the Long, Slow Build

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career! ____________ Christina Perri’s single, “Jar of Hearts”, currently no. 19 on Billboard’s Hot 100, is a beautiful example of how to contour a ballad into a hauntingly beautiful musical journey. The secret to the song’s success lies in its subtleties. The song evolves […]

Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”: Why it Works

Lately I’ve been hearing lots of people lament the dreadful state of pop music, and wonder what the future holds for us. Nothing’s new: every year has its hit-makers whose popularity can make any self-respecting pop music enthusiast weep. But Adele, pop soul artist from England, should give any and all reason to hope. Her […]

Song Analysis: Hey Rosetta!’s “Yer Spring”

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle. Here’s how to get your songs working right away! __________________ Recently CBC Radio’s premiere arts & entertainment show, “Q“, with host Jian Ghomeshi, featured award-winning Newfoundland indie group Hey Rosetta! performing “Yer Spring” from their newly-released album “Seeds.” The album is simply fantastic, a model for […]

How to Analyze Songs, and Why You'll Benefit

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and discover why great songs are great! ____________ The songwriters who get better quickly are the ones who know how to analyze music. Look at it this way: If you don’t have the ability to analyze songs, you have only your instincts to help you improve. With […]

5 Tips for Choosing a Song's Key

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and get HUNDREDS of chord progressions, and TONS of songwriting advice! _____________ As a first step to choosing a key for your song, you’ll want to be sure, naturally, that the chosen key allows the song to be singable by you, or whoever you’re writing it for. […]