Category: Songwriting Mindset

What I Learned Managing Successful Songwriters

I was thinking today about the amazing privilege I’ve had to manage some of the greatest professional songwriters I’ve ever met. I had many years in Nashville as VP of Publishing for Star Song Media and then for Integrity Music managing dozens of high-end writers and creating hundreds of pieces

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Finish Your Songs Quickly and Easily

It should go without saying that learning to finish a song is as important as starting one, but this is exactly where a lot of songwriters get stuck. You probably know what I mean… You get an idea, maybe a phrase that could be a great hook, or a melody

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Three Ways to Write a New Song

Are you looking for some fresh insights and inspiration fro your songwriting? Do you get bored playing the same three chords on your acoustic and long for something fresh? Here are three ways I’ve been inspired to write fresh new songs while listening to music! Actually, I get a lot

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Create What You Love

There’s an old saying that goes, “Find a job you love and you’ll never work another day in your life.” As wonderful as it sounds to actually find a job you love, few of us ever do and many of us wind up just tolerating our present jobs while hoping

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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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Writing Great Melodies

Do I have to be a musician to write great songs? Is it possible to become a successful Christian songwriter without learning to play piano or guitar? Is it possible for me to learn the secrets to writing great melodies, even though I’m primarily a lyricist? What if I am a musician,

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Does Great Tech Make for Great Songwriting?

“The computer is really good for editing your ideas, and it’s really good for getting your ideas ready for publishing out into the world, but it’s not good for generating ideas. There are too many opportunities to hit the delete key. The computer brings out the uptight perfectionist in us

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Three Things Great Christian Songwriters Believe

Songwriting requires faith, especially Christian songwriting. Beyond the obvious spiritual faith in Jesus as the reason we write, what are the three things that great Christian songwriters believe (that you should believe, too), and how do they help them to be great Christian songwriters? Glad you asked! Here they are! #1)

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Three Essential Elements of Great Christian Songwriting

Ever wondered what makes a Christian song great? Why do some songs break out of the pack and rush to the front of the line to win the race? Are there secrets the great songwriters use to make their songs stand out? Absolutely! The best songwriters know what it takes to

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