Songwriter - Lyricist

Becoming a More Distinctive, Unique Songwriter

The best songs exhibit a mix of two things: Predictability. Songs need to sound enough like other songs out there that audiences enjoy your music. Uniqueness. Songs need to sound different enough from other songs out there that audiences don’t feel that you’re simply rehashing other writers’ ideas. And that’s a tricky balance to get […]

Musical tightrope

Leaning Without Losing Your Footing

Songwriting in the pop genres is, for the best songwriters out there, like walking a tightrope. Lean too much one way, and you’re giving your audiences exactly what they expected from you. No challenge, no getting them thinking outside whatever musical box they live in. Lean too much the other way, and you’ve given them […]

Songwriting - Songwriter - Formulas

Is a Songwriting Formula Really So Bad?

If you’re a mathematician or physicist, formulas play a large role in your professional life. Formulas in that context are simply a kind of equation, and without them you don’t really have a profession. Songwriters know the word formula very well. In a songwriting context, “formula” is a word that describes a process, or perhaps set […]

Songwriting: Dealing With Sameness

Purchase “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-EBook Bundle (with a 7th free), and polish your songwriting skills! _______ It’s a fairly common problem in the songwriting world: when everything you write has an annoying similarity. The best songwriters out there deal with this, but what do they do? For many, it’s a matter of simply […]

The Danger of Chords-First Songwriting, and Other Thoughts

“From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro” is an 82-page eBook that explores many of the important questions that you need answered if you’re looking for a career in professional songwriting. It comes free with your purchase of  “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle. Read more.. ___________ Many songwriters get stuck at the […]

Learning To Be Creative In a Songwriter's World

Yes, creativity is something that can be learned. It starts by learning the nuts and bolts, and you do that by studying hit songs from the past, discovering why they work. “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle shows you how to become more creative, successful and consistently excellent. Read more.. _______________ If you’ve been […]