How Melody And Lyrics Work Together

Melody and lyrics play a key part in: (1) differentiating your song, (2) communicating your message, and (3) creating a compelling, memorable moment for a listener.  So how can you achieve all three each time your write? Pat Pattison takes a look at a song by Ann...

NPR Project Song Moby & Kelli Scarr

Despite being given only 48 hours to complete a song, Moby and his collaborator Kelli Scarr completed theirs in one day. And it’s not something without some frills! I love watching these videos. They give you a great sense of how you can use elements to create...

Reba’s “Consider Me Gone” (II)

The “Consider Me Gone” Simile Concern   Let’s run through how the song gets us to Verse 2, where the problematic simile sits. The first verse is a good scene.  Even if you’re not watching the video, you can picture what’s going on.  The...

Reba’s “Consider Me Gone” (I)

  A Weak Simile In Reba’s Song?   In fairness this isn’t really Reba’s poor simile.  Because she’s a great vocalist and song interpreter, she’s able to make the simile in “Consider Me Gone” sound reasonable, so as a listener,...

NPR Project Song: Chris Walla & J. Robbins

Project Song documents the songwriting process over the course of two days. All songs created as part of the project are based on an image (usually a photograph), and a word. Interesting to see the process happen with these kinds of starters, and a great way to create...

NPR Project Song: Stephin Merritt

Project Song documents the songwriting process over the course of two days. All songs created as part of the project are based on an image (usually a photograph), and a word. Interesting to see the process happen with these kinds of starters, and a great way to create...

NPR Project Song: Nellie McKay

Yes – songwriting often involves a cell phone in hour 20! Project Song documents the songwriting process over the course of two days. All songs created as part of the project are based on an image (usually a photograph), and a word. Interesting to see the...

Songwriter Interview: Jamey Johnson

Here’s an interview with Jamey Johnson, co-writer of the 2007 CMA and ACM Song of the Year, the George Strait hit “Give It Away.” He talks about how he hooked up with the legendary Bill Anderson and Buddy Cannon to write the hit, the genesis of a...

NPR Project Song: Georgie James

Project Song documents the songwriting process over the course of two days. All songs created as part of the project are based on an image (usually a photograph), and a word. Interesting to see the process happen with these kinds of starters, and a great way to create...

Q&A With Producer Kim Copeland

What is a songplugger? How do you make sure your songs are being represented by legitimate songpluggers in Nashville? Kim Copeland does video tips for the Songwriters Connection E-Tip every so often. I found this one today and thought I would share. It’s a great...