I Am an Idiot (and So Are You)
I am an idiot. I’d be lying if I told you otherwise. I am an idiot, and I’m cool with that.
Great Songs Aren’t Written, They’re Rewritten
Sure. Some great songs come in a flash of inspiration, just like that. But most don’t. They’re written, then rewritten, then rewritten, then rewritten again.
Every Day’s a School Day
The only secret to success is to keep learning, no matter how much you know already.
Embrace the Maybe
Certainty is overrated. Living your best life – and writing your best songs – means seeing the world in shades of gray.
Think Today’s Music Sucks? Here’s What You Do About It.
So you think tons of today’s music sucks? That’s fine. Here’s how you channel that into something positive.
What to Look for in a Songwriting Coach or Mentor
Whatever you’re trying to get better at, you’ll get better much more quickly with a great coach or mentor. But what makes a great songwriting coach or mentor?
Six Places to Find Great Song Titles
They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but in case you haven’t noticed: people do. Here are some great places to find great song titles that make sure your song’s front cover is as exciting as what’s inside it.
How to Find More Time to Write
There’s never enough hours in a day. There’s never enough time to write. But you’ll never find more time to write unless you start making it a priority. Here’s how.
107 Song Prompts for When You’re Really Stuck
It’s much better to write the songs that interest you than the songs the Internet told you to. But sometimes an Internet listicle can help you find great new songs to create.
There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be Creative
We live in a remarkable age of unparalleled opportunity. You should take advantage of that.
Five Reasons Why Being a Songwriter Sucks (And Five Why It’s Awesome)
Life as a songwriter isn’t what most people expect it to be. Here’s five reasons why being a writer really sucks – and five why it definitely doesn’t.
Eight More Ways to Write Better Lyrics
In last week’s article I laid out five (well, eight) ways to write better lyrics. Here are eight more.
Five (Well, Eight) Ways to Write Better Lyrics
If you were wondering how you can write better lyrics I’ll give you the honest answer: practice more. Here’s how and why, plus a handful of specific ways to write better lyrics in your next song.
How to Finish a Song
It’s more important you finish one crappy song than leave twenty songs unfinished. And the truth about how to finish a song: keep writing until the whole song exists.
Dream big. Want more. Never settle.
Why You Should Study The Classics
Being an artist is about creating something new. But the only way to create something new is to understand the old.
To Begin, Begin
Sometimes, the best way to do something is just to do it.