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Producers, Songwriters, and Recording Artists: What Each Can Contribute


From The Weekly, posted 10.08.19. I recently attended a panel discussion at the Hawaii Songwriting Festival where songwriters, recording artists, and producers shared the elements they hope each other will bring in order to produce the most effective recordings. Here are some of the skills and talents that were discussed. Producers Sounds One of the most… Read more...

5 Tips for Coping When Your Songs Are Rejected


From The Weekly, posted 10.01.19. I read a post on Facebook by a songwriter who had decided to give up pursuing his dream of writing a hit because he had not gotten a song recorded after three years of trying. He felt beaten down and no longer trusted his abilities. My guess is that almost every… Read more...

5 Ways to Be a Better Collaborator


From MusicWorld, posted 9.12.19. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” (African Proverb) Not every great song is the result of collaboration, but a look at recent hits by artists such as Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Keith Urban, Imagine Dragons, Luis Fonsi, P!nk, Adam Levine, Kenny… Read more...

How Do Composers Develop Their Own Voice?


From The Weekly, posted 9.10.19. In honor of Classical Music Month, The Weekly tapped into Deirdre Chadwick, who leads BMI’s Classical team, for her thoughts on how composers develop their own voice. Here’s what she said:  Deirdre Chadwick, Creative, New York: I think if you posed the question to 100 composers, you could easily… Read more...

3 Steps to Stop Procrastinating in Your Songwriting Career


From The Weekly, posted 9.03.19. We’ve all been there. We know what we should be doing for our music careers, but we just can’t seem to find the time to get to it. It’s so much easier to do almost anything but the necessary work to move forward as a songwriter. Well, in the end, this… Read more...

The Dos and Don’ts of Working With Session Musicians


From The Weekly, posted 8.27.19. One of my greatest joys as a producer and engineer over the years has been bearing witness to the musical genius that is the session musician. The same people you’ve been hearing on recordings your whole lives are the men and women who make their living coming into the studio and… Read more...

5 Things to Do in the First 30 Seconds of Your Song


From MusicWorld, posted 8.14.19. During a recent song critique, I turned off the recording after listening to the first verse and chorus. The writer protested, “But you’ve got to keep listening. It all comes together in the bridge and then the last chorus explodes!” That might have been the case, but the chances are miniscule… Read more...

What Makes a Great Jazz Piece?


From The Weekly, posted 8.13.19. With all the different genres of music in the world, you might think the way to approach creating music for a specific genre would be unique. Not necessarily so, especially when it comes to production. Read on for good advice for readying your music for decision-makers, no matter what the genre. Read more...

Four Tips for Getting Over Writer’s Block


From The Weekly, posted 8.06.19. Writer’s block. The mythical beast that plagues writers of all stripes. While songwriting is a somewhat unpredictable activity, I happen to believe that there are ways to hedge against freezing up when it comes time to write. To that end, I’ve put together a few ways to get you past writer’s… Read more...

10 Tips for Bridging the Gap Between Amateur and Professional Songwriting


From MusicWorld, posted 7.17.19. Above and beyond the inspiration that often serves as the seed for all songwriters, there are lots of significant things to consider when it comes to refining your songwriting craft. Here are a few tips and things to keep in mind if you’re wondering how to make the leap from your… Read more...

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