Rolling Stones

Using Songs That Have Passed the Test of Time as Models

On the face of it, it can seem a bit odd that hit songs from a previous generation can serve as good models for how we could or should be writing new songs. You’d think that if you do that, you’d wind up writing something that sounds dated or passé. But that doesn’t usually seem […]

Is There a Time To Stop Writing Songs Forever?

Get the eBook bundle that thousands of songwriters are using to improve their songwriting technique. “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting 10-eBook Bundle” comes with a free copy of “Use Your Words! Developing a Lyrics-First Songwriting Process.” I was reading a recent interview/conversation with singer-songwriter Billy Joel on the website. In that interview he was asked why […]

Bob Dylan - 1962

How to Know Which Songs Are Good Ones to Study

For musicology students who delve mainly in the world of Classical music, history has a way of filtering out “bad” music, leaving them with what might otherwise be known as “the hits.” And there are lots of them to study. Ask those same students to list every Classical composer they know, and they’ll be able […]

Game-Changer Music

There are moments in music history that can be described as game-changers. Whether that moment is a song (“Like a Rolling Stone”), an album (“Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”), or even an event (Woodstock Festival), most things that present as a game-changer in the arts happen almost by accident. No one can predict, it […]

Putting Music Theory to Use in Songwriting

Good carpenters have well-outfitted toolboxes. But that toolbox doesn’t make them more creative. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. For desktop, laptop, iPad, iPhone, or any other mobile PDF-reading device. It’s time to take your music to a new level of excellence! _____________ If you were a carpenter, it would be a bit strange […]

The Tricky Definition of "Good" In Music

Get “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and take your songwriting to a new level of excellence. Read more.. ______________ If you study Classical music history, determining what’s good has largely already been done for you. Using that great garbage filter we call “time”, the years, decades and centuries have all but filtered out […]