Too often we artsy-fartsies neglect thinking through how our listeners will feel when hearing our songs. It’s obviously not easy, but writing a song while being in the shoes of your listener is incredibly important. You might have seen this, but a while back Alanis Morissette went on the late late show with James Corden, and they did a complete … Read More
It’s your first song, and you’re eager to “get it out there”. Perhaps you’ve worked on the same song for months; tweaking it a little every day for a long time until it’s just right. You’re thinking it’s ready for the big publishing deal, so you record a demo and post it on Soundcloud. Then you sit back, anticipating thousands … Read More
I love Evernote. I use it for almost everything. A few years ago I had a breakthrough morning in my songwriting. I discovered Evernote for songwriting and finished 5 songs in one morning. It was the most productive day in my life as a songwriter. It was a Friday, and I had the whole morning to myself. I felt this … Read More
Do you make art as an end in itself? Does your songwriting stop at self-expression for you? If so, then my thoughts here probably won’t apply to you. This post is all about how to improve your songwriting, with three practical ways to do so. If songwriting is only a means of personal self expression you don’t need to actually … Read More
I’d like to give you one more lesson from Songwriting Good To Great: The Business for FREE. In it I cover what I call the 4 Songwriter Archetypes…. Here they are… The Faceless Super Writer The Classic Singer/Songwriter The Recording Artist Songwriter The Composer Songwriter The way you approach songwriting falls into one of these four types (or a blend … Read More
I’m currently doing a series on songwriting that focuses on the tools that help facilitate a lifestyle of inspiration, creativity, and craftsmanship. Understanding the distinctions between these three ingredients can go a long way for any creative person no matter what the art form. In my last post I focused on the tools necessary for capturing moments of inspiration. Here … Read More
As I mentioned in my previous post, songwriting is made up of three important ingredients: inspiration, creativity, and craftsmanship. And if we were to break the science of songwriting down a little further I would say the following categories are vital to consider: Capturing -methods used to keep your ideas and moments of inspiration from leaving you Researching -gathering and … Read More
In this series, I’d like to share some thoughts on the process of songwriting. I also will mention some tools that writers should use during that process. Every creative person has a unique approach to what they do; however, there are some basic principles that we should all apply.