Joni Mitchell

Creating Beauty Within a Song

Beauty is one of those song characteristics that is incredibly hard to define, but we seem to know it when we hear it. Not every great song is beautiful. That’s because as long as a song makes an emotional connection to the listener, it’s usually going to work. Therefore, whatever we might define as beauty becomes […]

Louis Armstrong

What Makes Good Song Melodies Memorable?

A key part of success when it comes to song melodies is writing something that audiences easily remember. If it’s possible to consider beauty and memorability as two separate entities, it’s worth spending a bit of time thinking about a) what makes melodies beautiful, and b) what makes them easy to remember. You’re going to […]

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Songwriting Lessons from the Unlikeliest Sources

I don’t know if you feel the same way, but sometimes I learn the best lessons regarding music by thinking of something completely unmusical. Metaphors speak loudly and meaningfully to me. I like building things out of wood. It’s something I love, even if I’m not doing it at a professional level. But with every […]

Computer - Music Studio

The Similarities Between a Building’s Structure and a Song’s Structure

What exactly is song structure, and how important is it to the success of a song? When we talk about structure with regard to, let’s say, a house you’re building, we can generate a good number of analogies, all of which, it could be argued, apply metaphorically to songwriting: A house has walls, beams and other […]

4 Characteristics of Beautiful Song Melodies

It takes more than a beautiful singer to make melodies beautiful. It’s all in how they’re constructed, and it’s not accidental. ____________ Get “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” eBook Bundle, and discover the 11 principles of songwriting that the pros have been using for decades. NOTE: Buying the 10-eBook Deluxe Bundle gets you a FREE GIFT. To […]

Making Simplicity in Songwriting a Positive Attribute

“The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle covers every aspect of songwriting, from creating chord progressions, to writing melodies and lyrics, and much more. Now with a 7th FREE eBook. Read more… ______________ There are many examples of music from many different genres and eras where simplicity is a thing to be admired. Simplicity can happen in […]