Category: Music Writing

Overcoming “The Savior Syndrome” in Your Songwriting

 Full disclosure… I’ve been one of “those guys” in the past you may have wanted to avoid when you saw me coming down the hall. You know, a “taker” instead of a “giver,” that guy that was so needy that you felt so drained after even a short convo that

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Songwriting Tips from Journey’s Jonathan Cain

Jonathan Cain of Journey (Photo credit Michael Cairns) The piano intro of Journey’s mega-hit Don’t Stop Believin’, co-written and performed by Jonathan Cain, stands as one of the most iconic musical motifs in all of rock ‘n roll history. Cain’s own journey through over 40 years of music to date is

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Songwriter Success Spotlight: Terrance McCoy

Writing songs that the whole world will love and sing is a special blend of philosophy, skill, and fine art. While there are formulas a lot of successful writers utilize to stay at the top of the charts, I prefer to call them “principles” and strive to mentor aspiring songwriters

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4 Songwriting Secrets You Need to Know

Okay, yes, I know… God gave you a song and you just don’t know what to do with it or how to “get it out there” to the world. You’ve got lots of questions and wonder about copyrights and studios and “getting published.” Well, believe me, among the myriad things

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Are You Too Busy to Be a Real Writer?

Picture this. Somewhere near the summit of a snowcapped mountain in Colorado, say, Pike’s Peak, I’m bundled up in front of a roaring fire, sipping cocoa from my favorite oversized mug, and so consumed with creativity I forget to wipe the wisp of whipped cream from my upper lip. Powerful songs, lyrics and

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