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I strive to keep my politics separate from my music, but fugeddaboutit. Now this planet is REALLY spinning out of control.

Back when I was coming up, in an earlier period of upheaval, an astounding array of great songwriters awakened the political consciousness. Bob Dyl...

(Note: this post originally appeared on SongRamp.net)

Our songs are our babies, and every word of criticism feels like a sharp, pointy knife going straight into our hearts. 

But what if that painful sensation is equivalent to the proverbial fingers on a hot stove: effect...

We songwriters tend to want anyone and everyone to hear our latest material… NOW. In this post I’ll delve into why it’s often wise to hold back on presenting your material to industry professionals until it’s polished to a diamond-bright shine. So repeat after me: 

“We...

FIRST, THE BAD NEWS...

I'm not gonna lie... in the current environment it's VERY challenging to make the leap from hobbyist to pro songwriter — much harder than when I was "coming up." 

I started making a living in music in 1985, and since the so-called digital revolutio...

Ya know how songwriters (myself included) tend to spout a list of excuses right before playing their latest work-in-progress? The good news is, none of the stuff we're blathering on about matters! Here are today's musings on what REALLY matters...

A coaching client of m...

Massive thanks to my ultra-talented coaching client (and now friend) Mary Haller for mapping this out. Mary notes:

 

  • The end-rhyme pairs are highlighted in different colors

  • The internal rhymes are underlined

 

Now let's all sit back, crack a beverage open, and...

Dear friends — as you may or may not know, a song I co-wrote with Bill Katz, "Where Will the Giants Roam" won an anti-poaching songwriting contest, and first prize was a life-changing trip to Africa, where we shot footage for the video linked above and below.

We're doin...

Many lyricists who don't play an instrument are still able to write killer songs, including my late, great mentor Doc Pomus ("Save the Last Dance For Me," "This Magic Moment," "Viva Las Vegas").

 

To achieve success they usually take one of these paths (or both!): a) bef...

As a songwriter, have you ever felt like “it’s all been said and done” — or written and sung, as the case may be? Do your songs sometimes start to feel like strings of clichés, or familiar-sounding lyric-melody-chord-beat combinations?

There is a way out! First, pon...

When I coach a songwriter one-on-one, I ask them to fill out a questionnaire that asks about their vision for the future, and their history as a writer, musician and singer. Recently someone asked about my story, so here it is...

 

After several years of singing in the C...

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