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Q&A: I Write From Inspiration But Need Discipline

Posted by on Apr 21, 2018 | Comments Off on Q&A: I Write From Inspiration But Need Discipline

  Waiting for inspiration to hit doesn’t always lead to a high volume, or even steady flow, of songs. We recently got a question in...

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What’s Furniture In Lyrics?

Posted by on Apr 20, 2018 | 1 comment

You’ve probably gotten song critiques that suggest you need more furniture in lyrics to give the song a stronger sense of showing...

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Know Your Strengths To Create Goals

Posted by on Jan 21, 2018 | Comments Off on Know Your Strengths To Create Goals

We’ve all heard it: “Set goals to achieve success.” But, for many of use, songwriting is one of many things in our...

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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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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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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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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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Music Business Made Easy!

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 | Comments Off on Music Business Made Easy!

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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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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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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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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Pop Songs: Music & Melody

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 | 0 comments

The below is taken from a chat board that is long since gone, and was part of a much larger post string.  I’ve aggregated the...

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Tip To Match Line Length In Verses

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 | 0 comments

Line length is a key element of any song. Without knowing how long your lines are, you risk making your verse melody lines different....

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The Parts Of A Song

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 | 0 comments

Updated 2/20/16 The parts of a song are important to understand because they are the skeleton you’ll drape words and music on it to...

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Song Key Conversion Site

Posted by on Oct 17, 2010 | 0 comments

  There are a few sites on the web that allow you to either copy and paste the chords, or find the song in their library, then select the...

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Nashville Number System Made Easy

Posted by on May 24, 2009 | 0 comments

If you’ve recorded in Nashville, you’ve run into the Nashville Number System. While I could explain it here, there are quite a...

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Setting A Scene With A Moment

Posted by on Apr 5, 2009 | 0 comments

In addition to co-writing Trace Adkins hits “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” Jamey Johnson won a CMA Award for co-writing George...

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Song Idea: Making The Same Different (III)

Posted by on Feb 22, 2009 | 0 comments

Song Idea Finale   Now that we’ve looked at several aspects of both the song and the poem, we’ll put together the final pieces...

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Direct Address: Sting “Be Still My Beating Heart”

Posted by on Feb 15, 2009 | 1 comment

I’m currently helping a friend with a set of lyrics, and something very interesting came up. The song is direct address, but not to...

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Song Idea: Making The Same Different (II)

Posted by on Feb 15, 2009 | 0 comments

Song Analysis Of The Song Idea!   I used the Song Analysis exercise to get a better handle on what is going on in the song and the poem....

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Song Idea: Making The Same Different (I)

Posted by on Feb 7, 2009 | 0 comments

Song Idea – Is It An Idea?   One of your biggest challenges as a songwriter is finding an original angle on a song idea. In his book...

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Adele “Chasing Pavements”

Posted by on Feb 1, 2009 | 1 comment

A recent comment on the blog got me thinking. The comment was downplaying the songwriter’s lyrics, mentioning they sounded as if...

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