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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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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, Woodstock was a music festival that took place August 15th –...

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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? We’ve compiled a few fun facts you can use that make...

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Beats Per Minute: Online Tools

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 | 0 comments

Beats per minute (BPM) is a major component of your song. It’s basically the tempo of your song.  It helps set the overall tone of...

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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 important things in your song. Actually, I’m just...

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5 Ways Lyrics Are Not Like Poems

Posted by on Jul 10, 2016 | 0 comments

Have you been told your lyrics sound like poems? Or that your lyrics should sound more like poems? Poetic language is something that...

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Van Morrison “Before The World Was Made”

Posted by on Jul 10, 2016 | 0 comments

Van Morrison has written some of the most iconic songs on the radio. I don’t think you can go through a day without hearing...

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Guy Clark: A Life In The Lyric

Posted by on May 22, 2016 | 0 comments

Guy Clark will be missed as one of the greatest songwriters of our time. With songs like “The Cape” and...

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Performance Opportunity: Wildflower!

Posted by on May 22, 2016 | 0 comments

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival in Richmond TX accepts unsolicited entries from local and regional bands...

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Verb Power

Posted by on May 5, 2016 | 0 comments

Making your songs memorable includes not only a great story, but great imagery as well. The words “jump” and...

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Songwriter Craig Wiseman

Posted by on Mar 11, 2016 | 0 comments

Craig Wiseman is one of Nashville’s pre-eminent songwriters. He’s had more than a dozen songs reach number one on the country...

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George Harrison: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Posted by on Jan 30, 2016 | 0 comments

How did “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” considered one of the 500 greatest songs ever written according to Rolling Stone,...

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Create A New Song Idea: Twist On A Cliche

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 | 0 comments

A cliche phrase can be a great song prompt. The trick is to give it a twist by changing a word, using it in a way in a line, or taking a...

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Direct Address: Writing “You” Songs Not About You!

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 | 0 comments

Direct address is a great way to remove yourself from the song story.  Wait . . . What?! I know, it sounds counter-intuitive, but your...

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No Time For Songwriting?

Posted by on Jan 1, 2016 | 0 comments

Do You Have 2 Minutes A Day? One of the biggest reasons for not writing songs is time. We all have lives that pull us into the day-to-day...

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Song Idea: Underwood’s “Wasted”

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 | 0 comments

How do songs get started? Where did the song idea come from? How do co-writers end up connecting on an idea and then writing it?...

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“I Drive Your Truck” Real Story Into Lyrics

Posted by on Oct 25, 2015 | 0 comments

Lee Brice’s hit song “I Drive Your Truck” was inspired by a real story one of the songwriters heard on the radio while...

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SBTS: Carrie Underwood’s “Smoke Break”

Posted by on Sep 5, 2015 | 2 comments

Story Behind The Song   There’s nothing worse than getting stuck when you’re in a co-write. You get frustrated, then start...

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