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When To Stop “Finishing” A Song

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 | Comments Off on When To Stop “Finishing” A Song

Finishing a song is important, don’t get me wrong. But, not every song deserves endless revisions. I believe there are some songs...

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Poetry As Lyrics: Using Anaphora

Posted by on Feb 24, 2018 | Comments Off on Poetry As Lyrics: Using Anaphora

We’ve all heard it: poetry as lyrics just doesn’t work.  But, as your songwriting skills grow, and you begin using figurative...

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Use Song Maps To Create Variety

Posted by on Jan 21, 2018 | Comments Off on Use Song Maps To Create Variety

Song maps are a way to find patterns and tendencies that you often repeat. Just changing a few of these items can create new songs in your...

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Song Prompt: Memories + Word Challenge

Posted by on Jan 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Song Prompt: Memories + Word Challenge

We’ll keep this one simple: you’ll use your own catalogue of memories for step one, then we’ll add a word challenge...

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Partial Capos Help Create Variety

Posted by on Jan 7, 2018 | Comments Off on Partial Capos Help Create Variety

Partial capos sound complicated, but they can make your guitar playing easier and add a unique quality to how your songs sound. Why try...

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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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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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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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Song Target Your Way To A Cut

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 | Comments Off on Song Target Your Way To A Cut

Targeting can be on of your best tools in not only building your song chops but adding to your sales skills. It’s a way of making...

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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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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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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” (Members)

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 | Comments Off on Lori McKenna “The Bird & The Rifle” (Members)

I’ve been listening to Lori McKenna since 2000 when her first album Paper Wings And Halo was released.  Yes, I have every CD (in CD...

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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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5 Steps To Song Creation Success

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 | 0 comments

How can we make songwriting easier? Change your perspective before you start writing! Songs are really just scenes strung together –...

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5 Personification Songs You Need To Know

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 | 0 comments

What is personification? Personification is a form of figurative language. It’s the act of giving inanimate objects or abstract...

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Co-Writing: Who’s Your Match?

Posted by on Jan 6, 2015 | 0 comments

Co-writing can sometimes be awkward, if not down-right painful. And, songwriting is tough enough without adding another personality to it....

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Even Dialogue Songs Need A Scene

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 | 0 comments

Dialogue songs are songs that are really nothing more than direct address.  Basically, a dialogue occurs whether the listener knows it or...

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Similes As Song Ideas

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014 | 2 comments

Updated 11/25/14 Similes are great songwriting devices in lyrics.  But, they have dangers that are amplified when you use them as a hook....

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How To Evolve Your Song Idea

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014 | 0 comments

Just having a hook or title isn’t enough. Songs include a story line, perhaps a twist, and most importantly, a large idea. So how do...

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20 Questions Songwriting Exercise

Posted by on Aug 31, 2014 | 0 comments

One of the easiest ways to get your songwriting kicked off is to simply answer some questions. But once you start writing, you tend to...

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What Makes That Song Tick?

Posted by on Jul 27, 2014 | 0 comments

Songwriting Exercise This songwriting exercise focuses on finding out what makes a song tick, and then taking one cool trick a hit...

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Workshop: Melody And Lyrics Work Together

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 | 0 comments

Melody and lyrics play a key part in: (1) differentiating your song, (2) communicating your message, and (3) creating a compelling,...

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NPR Project Song Moby & Kelli Scarr

Posted by on Apr 20, 2013 | 0 comments

Despite being given only 48 hours to complete a song, Moby and his collaborator Kelli Scarr completed theirs in one day. And it’s...

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Reba’s “Consider Me Gone” (II)

Posted by on Nov 27, 2009 | 1 comment

The “Consider Me Gone” Simile Concern   Let’s run through how the song gets us to Verse 2, where the problematic simile...

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