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Perfect Songwriter Gifts?

Posted by on Nov 23, 2017 | Comments Off on Perfect Songwriter Gifts?

Looking for the perfect songwriter gifts? Not sure what they need, what they want or even what they’re talking about if they do...

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Gillian Welch & David Rawlings “The Way It Will Be”

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 | Comments Off on Gillian Welch & David Rawlings “The Way It Will Be”

If you’ve followed the folk and Americana genres, or read Pat Pattison’s books on songwriting, you know who Gillian Welch and...

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Brandi Carlile “The Eye”

Posted by on Jul 16, 2017 | Comments Off on Brandi Carlile “The Eye”

I got a direct message through twitter asking about a Brandi Carlile song called “The Eye” (thanks Helen!). While I’ve...

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Change Perspective But Keep Your Point Of View

Posted by on Jul 9, 2017 | Comments Off on Change Perspective But Keep Your Point Of View

Perspective isn’t a common songwriting topic.  Most songwriting conversations revolve around Point of View (POV), but there’s...

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Texture In A Song: What Is It?

Posted by on Jul 8, 2017 | Comments Off on Texture In A Song: What Is It?

Texture is what helps tie your lyrics to an emotional connection for the listener. Texture is the particulars that give your scene...

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5 Steps To Organize Your Song Files

Posted by on Jul 4, 2017 | Comments Off on 5 Steps To Organize Your Song Files

It happens to every songwriter.  The business of music. Your focus is on writing songs, not organizing your song files!  Why bother? But,...

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Starting Your Songwriting Notebook

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 | 0 comments

A songwriting notebook, also called a Hook Book, or a journal, is your idea vault. It’s one of the best ways to capture all of your...

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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...

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Songs Using Allusion: Joel To Swift

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

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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 you use it in your songwriting? Have you had a moment when...

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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 you haven’t, you will. In song feedback sessions...

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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 my favorite songs on Traveller.  It delivers a universal...

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Who’s Coming To Your Co-Write?

Posted by on Mar 12, 2017 | Comments Off on Who’s Coming To Your Co-Write?

We’ve all had stories of nightmare co-writes with people who had clashing personalities. Maybe it wasn’t even you. Maybe you...

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Song Outline: Church’s “Kill A Word”

Posted by on Mar 5, 2017 | Comments Off on Song Outline: Church’s “Kill A Word”

To help learn more about what is one of the biggest challenges in writing a song – story line or thought progression –...

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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!” lyric. The magic of a simile is that it allows you to use a...

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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 imagery. Wait . . . figurative language and imagery aren’t...

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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 scene with its own TX music chart, and you probably already...

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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 perspective and can’t seem to break the habit. Now, that...

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Amy Speace Song Critiques

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 | 0 comments

Amy Speace takes a look at several songs submitted for the American Songwriter Magazine songwriting contest.  Songwriters were given the...

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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) is to take a song you’ve completed and work through...

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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”

Lori McKenna’s “The Bird & The Rifle” is a lesson in song craft. And, she’s a great example of how writing...

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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. It’s best used to make a connection between things your...

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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 telephone conversation/voicemail. The song brilliantly...

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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 before the email gets out of control, yes, Oklahoma 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 and top the Texas Regional Radio Music Chart? Aaron Watson...

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