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Eric Church “Record Year” (Members)

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

Eric Church’s “Record Year” started as an idea sent to Church by Jeff Hyde. Hyde says the song idea just came to him and...

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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: 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...

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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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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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Chris Stapleton “Parachute” (Members)

Posted by on Mar 19, 2017 | 0 comments

Chris Stapleton has such well written songs on Traveller that it’s hard to pick just one to do a song analysis. But, I did. Why...

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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 but adding to your sales skills. It’s a way of making...

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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 clashing personalities. Maybe it wasn’t even you. Maybe you...

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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, this is the music business book for you. I’ve used...

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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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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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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 want or even what they’re talking about if they do...

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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 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”

We’ll take a deep dive on Lori McKenna’s “The Bird & The Rifle,” detailing what makes the song work, how to...

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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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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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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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4 Steps To Connect Your Song Scenes

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 | 0 comments

Here are four easy steps to help you connect the verses in your song – or song scenes! Following them will help make your song more...

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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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Song Prompt: Write A Book

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 | 0 comments

A song prompt is a starter. It’s a way to get to a song vs. a song assignment. Don’t get bogged down in delivering exactly...

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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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Song Prompt: Common Object

Posted by on Dec 21, 2014 | 0 comments

A song prompt is a starter. It’s a way to get to a song vs. a song assignment. Don’t get bogged down in delivering exactly...

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Song Prompt: Thinking Out Loud

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 | 0 comments

A song prompt is a starter. It’s a way to get to a song vs. a song assignment. Don’t get bogged down in delivering exactly...

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