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Top Tips From 2021 That Can Put You on the Road to Songwriting Success in 2022

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.19.21 The end of a year—and the beginning of a new one—is a perfect time to reassess our goals and recommit to them. I hope that revisiting the excerpts that follow will help you all attain a successful 2022. Excerpt from “Bring Me Something New—What Song Publishers Really Mean”… Read more...


How to Place Outside Songs

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From The Weekly, posted 11.09.21 At a recent songwriters’ workshop, prior to critiquing a song from each participant, I asked the writers to let me know their intention or their hope for their song. For example, are they a recording artist and are planning to record and release the song themselves? Are they intending to… Read more...


5 Steps to Getting a “YES” from Music Publishers

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.23.21 When I find an exceptional song at one of the workshops that I teach online, I forward it to up to ten publishers, depending on the song’s genre. I emphasize to prospective students that to maintain my credibility, I must be extremely selective about the songs that I forward. Perfectly… Read more...


5 Mistakes to Avoid When Casting Your Songs

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.24.21 While a film or TV show’s casting director is tasked with finding the right actors for a given role, those of us who create and represent songs have the job of identifying the ideal artists for our songs. Whether you are a songwriter pitching your own material or a music… Read more...


“Bring Me Something New”—What Song Publishers Really Mean

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From MusicWorld, posted 8.19.21 I recently forwarded three songs to a list of publishers who have agreed to listen to songs that I screen. One of the publishers responded, “This song is very well written and commercial. But I’ve already got this kind of stuff by the dozens. Seems that most writers are all… Read more...


What’s Hot—and What’s Not In Songwriting

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.23.21 I was recently asked how the tools and techniques I teach today differ from those I have taught in the past. Have I noticed any recent changes in successful songs and in the processes of writing them? I looked back over the thirty years that I have been teaching songwriting,… Read more...


Are Your Songs Too Repetitious – or Not Repetitious Enough?

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From MusicWorld, posted 5.21.21 If we were collaborating on a song and I suggested that one particular line of lyric – and the melody that accompanies it – be repeated eighteen times, would you think that would be entirely too repetitive to be successful? How about if, in the same song, I insisted that… Read more...


Which Recording Mixes Do You Need to Increase Your Odds of Getting a Song Cut?

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From MusicWorld, posted 4.22.21 Audio mixing can be defined as the process of combining individual tracks from a multitrack recording into a finished product. It includes determining the volume and adding effects such as reverb, delay, compression, and equalization to each track. In stereo and surround sound recordings, mixing also includes placing each track… Read more...


5 Tips to Help Find Good Homes for Your Songs

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From The Weekly, posted 3.16.21 Today, all four of the foster kittens I raised as a volunteer for my local Humane Society found wonderful, permanent homes. This happened less than twenty-four hours after posting the kittens’ photos and bios on the shelter’s website. This might not seem like much of an accomplishment, but there were… Read more...


5 Tips to Rebound, Reset, and Reinvigorate Your Songwriting

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.19.21 For most of us, 2020 will rank as one of the most tumultuous years of our lifetime. The restrictions, losses, and fears caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with the emotions stirred up in the political and social arenas, touched virtually everyone—and creative people were hit extra hard. Songwriters, musicians,… Read more...


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