Guitar and paper - Songwriting

How Your Song’s Melody Can Add Meaning To Your Lyrics

I recently wrote an article for SongBay that discussed ways in which the chords you choose can work hand-in-hand with your lyrics, and actually enhance their meaning. Getting words and chords working together makes for a more meaningful experience for your audience. Along the same lines, there are things you can be doing as you […]

How To Control the Emotional Power of Your Songs

Even if a song is supposed to be “emotional”, it works best if the emotional levels move up and down. ____________ Are you practicing your songwriting, or just reinforcing the same mistakes? “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” shows you every aspect of what makes a great song great. ____________ One way you know that your songs are working […]

Songwriting Excellence and Floppy-Eared Rabbits

  I’ve written numerous times on this blog about the importance for songwriters to be consistently excellent. That means you need to be writing excellent songs, and achieving that level of excellence over and over again. As a songwriter, you need to come to terms with what the word “excellence” really means. An allegory might help. Imagine […]

It’s Always About People

A song succeeds when listeners can place themselves inside the story and feel something. _____________  Get “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-Ebook Bundle. 11 Songwriting Principles That Will Turn Your Writing Around – Guaranteed. Covers every aspect of songwriting technique: chord progressions, writing melodies and lyrics, and an entire manual that shows you how to add chords to a melody you’ve written. Read […]

Describing Your Emotions Rarely Works Without a Background Story

A good lyric will cause a listener to create their own emotional response to what the verse has described. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-eBook Deluxe Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. _____________ This is a Part 2 to the post I did on May 20th, about making a connection to your audience through your lyrics. Take […]

Creating Song Lyrics That Make a Powerful Connection to Your Audience

At a minimum, a song lyric is working if it connects to the listener on an emotional level. Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. Every song communicates something to an audience, and not everyone will necessarily pick up the same message. For example, you may hear a song where the lyric is all about […]