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How to Avoid and Resolve Conflicts Between Songwriting Collaborators

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From The Weekly, posted 8.04.20. I’ve heard it said that most of us need to kiss a lot of proverbial frogs before finding collaborators with whom we share that elusive, inexplicable chemistry that can result in exceptional songs. I have collaborated with hundreds of writers on three different continents. Most of those writing sessions resulted in… Read more...


How to Make a Socially Distanced Music Performance Video

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.26.20. With touring on hold and recording sessions rescheduled, musicians are staying connected by playing together online Read more...


When Recording Your Songs, Fix Your Mix Position!

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From The Weekly, posted 7.14.20. Tools, tips and tweaks for ensuring the sound you hear while mixing is as accurate as possible Read more...


The 5 Skills You Need to Be a Successful Music Publisher

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.25.20. Early on in my songwriting journey my goal was to have my songs represented by a music publisher—someone with the connections to get my masterpieces to the top artists of the day. I attended industry functions, networked, and took workshops where publishers screened songs, and … I received rejections from every… Read more...


How (and Why) to Rewrite Your Melodies

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From The Weekly, posted 6.23.20. Imagine that you have entered a competition. The grand prize will be awarded to the songwriter who writes the most memorable, freshest melody—the melody that will jump out of the pile and convince a panel of music industry pros that they are listening to a future smash hit. The deadline is… Read more...


When it Comes to Song Titles, Don’t Hit the Nail Too Squarely on the Head

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From The Weekly, posted 6.03.20. Most of the writers who attend my songwriting workshops already know how to write perfectly crafted songs. My job is to help them write the kinds of songs that a music publisher, record label executive, record producer, or recording artist will feel compelled to choose over the competition. One of the… Read more...


5 Tips for Making Your Lyrics Stand Out

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From MusicWorld, posted 5.22.20. At my songwriting workshops I stress the importance of including lyric and melodic elements in our songs that will compel listeners and decision-makers to choose our material over the tough competition. Let’s look at some ways to write lyrics that command attention. 1. Find a Fresh Angle It’s unlikely that we’re… Read more...


Writing Songs in Times of Crisis

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From The Weekly, posted 5.19.20. Many of the songs we write are reflections of our times. They are snapshots that capture the emotions and events that define our worlds. So, I was not surprised during my recent songwriters workshop (which was held online) when several writers shared songs that had been sparked by their feelings about… Read more...


Tips for Livestreaming Your Music from Home

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From MusicWorld, posted 4.23.20. As songwriters and recording artists, we are moved to share our emotions—our love, hope, joy, pain, and fear—through songs. This is how we express ourselves, entertain our fans, and allow our listeners to feel the comfort of knowing that others share their feelings. Despite artists’ tours and major music events such… Read more...


Hot Tips for Sending Your Song Tracks Via File Transfer

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From The Weekly, posted 4.07.20. If your band can’t come to you, do the next best thing—bring the tracks to them via Internet Read more...


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