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Eric Church “Record Year”

Posted by on May 6, 2017 | Comments Off on Eric Church “Record Year”

We’ll deconstruct Eric Church’s “Record Year” to discover the songwriting devices that made this song a #1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart and #44 on the Hot 100 Chart, and...

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Songs Using Allusion: Billy Joel To Taylor Swift

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Songs Using Allusion: Billy Joel To Taylor Swift

While it’s one thing to know what an allusion is, applying it to your songwriting is easier to grasp if you can study songs using allusion well. By understanding how songs use allusion to add to the basic...

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Allusion: What Is It?

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 | Comments Off on Allusion: What Is It?

You probably see or hear an allusion in use a couple of times a day, but do...

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Can A Three Character Song Work?

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 | Comments Off on Can A Three Character Song Work?

A three character song doesn’t work. We’ve all heard it, and if...

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Chris Stapleton “Parachute”

Posted by on Mar 19, 2017 | Comments Off on Chris Stapleton “Parachute”

“Parachute”, written by Chris Stapleton and Jim Beavers, is one of...

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Song Targeting Increases Your Odds Of A Cut

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 | Comments Off on Song Targeting Increases Your Odds Of A Cut

Targeting can be on of your best tools in not only building your song chops...

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Personality Types You May Meet In A Co-Write

Posted by on Mar 12, 2017 | Comments Off on Personality Types You May Meet In A Co-Write

We’ve all had stories of nightmare co-writes with people who had...

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Song Outline: “Kill A Word” (Eric Church)

Posted by on Mar 5, 2017 | Comments Off on Song Outline: “Kill A Word” (Eric Church)

To help learn more about what is one of the biggest challenges in writing a...

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Music Business Book Worth Buying!

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 | Comments Off on Music Business Book Worth Buying!

If you’re trying to make it in the new world order of independent music,...

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Creating Effective Similes In Songs

Posted by on Feb 19, 2017 | Comments Off on Creating Effective Similes In Songs

Similes in songs can take a ho-hum lyric and turn it into a “wow!”...

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What’s a Simile In Songwriting?

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 | 0 comments

A simile is a type of “figurative language” used in creating...

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Texas Singer-Songwriters

Posted by on Feb 5, 2017 | Comments Off on Texas Singer-Songwriters

Texas singer-songwriters are out there. Sure, there’s a huge country...

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In A Point Of View or Perspective Rut?

Posted by on Jan 8, 2017 | Comments Off on In A Point Of View or Perspective Rut?

It happens: sometimes you consistently write from a single point of view or...

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Perfect Songwriter Gifts?

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 | Comments Off on Perfect Songwriter Gifts?

Looking for the perfect songwriter gifts? Not sure what they need, what they...

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Amy Speace Critique of Contest Winners

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 | 0 comments

Amy Speace takes a look at several songs submitted for the American Songwriter...

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Point Of View (POV) Switch Exercise

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 | Comments Off on Point Of View (POV) Switch Exercise

One of the easiest ways to increase your understanding of point of view (POV)...

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Lori McKenna “The Bird & The Rifle”

Posted by on Nov 13, 2016 | Comments Off on Lori McKenna “The Bird & The Rifle”

We’ll take a deep dive on Lori McKenna’s “The Bird & The...

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Lyric Basics: What’s a Metaphor?

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 | 0 comments

A metaphor is a type of “figurative language” used in imagery....

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Adele “Hello”

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 | Comments Off on Adele “Hello”

Written by Adele and producer Greg Kurstin, “Hello” focuses on a...

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5 Of The Best Rodeo Songs By Texans

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 | Comments Off on 5 Of The Best Rodeo Songs By Texans

We’ve all heard rodeo songs, but what are the 5 best from Texans? And...

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Aaron Watson “Bluebonnets”

Posted by on Sep 3, 2016 | Comments Off on Aaron Watson “Bluebonnets”

How do you make a very personal moment a song that can connect with thousands...

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5 Of The Best Songs Coming Out Of Woodstock?

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 | Comments Off on 5 Of The Best Songs Coming Out Of Woodstock?

In case you’re just starting out on your music history journey,...

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Woodstock Fun Facts

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 | Comments Off on Woodstock Fun Facts

Everyone knows it was historic, but what don’t you know about Woodstock?...

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Beats Per Minute: Helpful Online Tools

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 | 0 comments

Beats per minute (BPM) is a major component of your song. It’s basically...

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Get A Second First Line Opinion!

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 | 0 comments

A second first line opinion means just that.  This songwriting exercise will...

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15 Song First Lines Songwriters Should Know!

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 | 0 comments

Song first lines are one of the hardest things to do well, but one of the most...

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