Why The Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" Has Been Such a Success

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. Let’s get this much out of the way: The lyrics for “I Gotta Feeling” are not the reason it’s been such a successful chart-topper. But there’s got to be a reason why this song has enjoyed so many weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. This […]

The Faster the Tempo, the slower the Harmonic Rhythm

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. ________________________ Let Gary Ewer’s songwriters’ e-books show you how to create chord progressions, how melodies should be contoured, how to write lyrics that work, and more. And you‘ll get tons of chord progressions you can use right now. For $37, purchase and download all 6 songwriting […]

When You've Got Killer Lyrics, Other Elements Can Step Back

“The lyrics on “There’s a Reason” are wonderful, and on first listen you’d swear you’re listening to Dylan…” Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. Check out Gary Ewer’s Songwriting e-books here. Follow Gary on Twitter You’ve probably got the instinct of most songwriter’s out there, which is to ensure that […]

Writing Chord Progressions – It's Supposed to be Simple

“If the chord that follows sounds like it came out of left-field, you’ve probably got a chord progression with a problem.” Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. (Check out his songwriting and chord progression e-books.) Follow Gary on Twitter My motto for songwriters is: Songs need to grab attention; chord progressions need […]

How to Write an Anthem

“Everyone seems to agree that “Bridge Over Troubled Water” is an anthem and “Shake Your Booty” isn’t.” Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website Follow Gary on Twitter An anthem is one of those kinds of songs that comes under the heading of, “Hard to define, but you’ll recognize it when […]

Using Implied Chords to Lighten Instrumental Textures

“Implied chords are used by performers as a way of lightening up the music texture… you can build the song’s energy in a natural way.” Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website Follow Gary on Twitter With even just a simple guitar accompaniment, you have a tremendous variety of sounds to […]