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October 26, 2016

Three Off-the-wall Tips for Generating New Song Lyrics

Get creative with your new song lyrics! Use these three fun tips to up your lyrical game. And don’t forget… The beauty is, because you're unique, your lyrics will be just as unique as you are. We help you find ways to search for those lyrics that only you can write, and become a better songwriter in the process.
October 25, 2016

Guitarists: How To Take Care Of Your Hands

Guest post by Alex Bruce. Alex runs Bruce Music - A London-based Guitar and Piano school. "As Guitarists, our biggest assets are undoubtedly our hands. We can’t play without them, (unless you’re one of those busking toe strummers) and no amount of expensive equipment can cover for them."
October 21, 2016

Does What's Currently On The Radio Influence Your Songwriting?

Turn on the radio at any time of day and, depending on the station you tune in to, you’ll possibly hear a popular song being blasted over the airwaves. While this is how many people get their daily entertainment, it is also a source of inspiration for many songwriters who are looking to formulate their next tune.
October 17, 2016

How to Harp on Listeners’ Emotions Using Longer Note Lengths

Have you ever noticed that the songs which appeal to you on an emotional level usually have parts that have longer notes? Maybe it’s the chorus or a recurring set of words throughout the song that are vocalized slower than the rest of the composition, but produces a harmonious tone that resonates with your emotional senses.
October 16, 2016

9 Quotes That Will Make a Difference In Your Day

We have gathered some quotes about songwriting and music, so you can soak some inspiration in between those lines and maximize opportunities in the creative flow. Remember… Focus on the process. It's great to have a goal. It is as important to spend your days doing what pleases you. Stay in the loop with top-notch music news by subscribing to the SongCat newsletter. See you there!
October 14, 2016

Do Drugs Enhance Imagination or Creativity?

The ongoing debate, as it relates to the use of drugs by songwriters and other creative minds to boost the quality of their work, doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. There have been many songwriters, musicians and other artists who claim to have taken their craft to another level while under the influence, but on the other hand, science has placed a question mark on what really happens.
October 10, 2016

Simple Guide to Working with Irregular Time Signatures

Need to enhance your songwriting skills? It might be a good idea to try writing irregular time signatures to add more interest and depth to the songs you create. An irregular time signature, also called an asymmetric or uneven beat, occurs when a piece of music does not fall naturally into equal groupings, such as popular 6/8 or 4/4 crotchet groups.
October 5, 2016

The Struggles Before, During, and After Creating a Song

To begin with, there is the challenge of coming up with song topics and, while that may not be hard some of the times, it may take several rewrites before your lyrics sound just the way you want them and your melody rings right.
September 28, 2016

Whose careers have been skyrocketed after participating in a songwriting contest?

A topic that intrigues so many songwriters. Do you have a song you want to bring to life? Ready to give it that clean, professional sound? Well, it’s the perfect time to make your move and have a shot at getting a free entry to the Transatlantic Songwriting Contest.
September 25, 2016

Using Personification to Express Emotions in Your Songwriting (with Examples)

Almost everyone knows how to use metaphors and similes, which are often the first two literary devices that are taught in school. But did you know personification is one of the most powerful figures of speech that you can use to create lyrics people can relate to?
September 18, 2016

Songwriters, Don’t Be Shy With Your Creative Weirdness, Here Is Why...

Great music was created by bizarre people! Some people may call it a curse while others will say it’s a blessing, but creative genius usually comes hand in hand with some amount of oddity. This fact has played itself out in history and across numerous disciplines, including sports, art, music, and science to name a few.
September 12, 2016

Do You Have a Songwriting Business Plan for Success?

Because nothing in life is assured, it is never wise to place all your eggs in one basket. Many songwriters ignore such sage advice and forget to handle the business side of things; instead, pinning all their hopes on the dream of one day striking it big. However, while there is nothing wrong with being optimistic, the unpredictability of the music business means that it’s possible you simply won’t make enough money.
September 5, 2016

11 Annoying Things People Say that Drive Songwriters Crazy

It’s something that possibly every songwriter can attest to – having to suffer mind-bending comments and questions from people who just don’t get it. While they should be forgiven for much of their utterances, it’s still a struggle not to get annoyed at times.
September 2, 2016

Learn Why Creating a Song Is Like Baking a Cake

Do you know how to bake a cake? Whether you do or not, almost anyone can whip up a delicious cake nowadays by following the steps of a recipe or watching popular cooking shows on outlets such as the Food Channel. Likewise, writing a song that is catchy and memorable can be a piece of cake if you know how to put the right elements together. If you’ve never thought about it, here is why making a song is like baking cake.
August 25, 2016

What Songwriters Can Learn from David Bowie

Few musical legends can match up to the accomplishments of the late David Bowie. The British entertainer and global personality stamped his mark on the music scene during a career spanning several decades. Among his many talents as rock and roll superstar, actor, and businessman, was the knack of writing powerful songs.
August 19, 2016

Transitioning from One Key to Another Like a Boss

Some of the most interesting and catchy songs are those that make effective use of key changes, also called modulations. If done right, a key change in a song can add more life to it and provide the listener with added excitement. A few songs that perfectly utilize key changes include oldies such as Whitney Houston’s version of “I Will Always Love You” and Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror,”.
August 16, 2016

Three Little Notes: The Danny Elfman Story

Opportunity comes in all shapes and sizes and can rush out to you at any moment. For songwriter and composer, Danny Elfman, his big break came in the form of a three-note composition that lasted a grand total of five minutes, but which has kept paying him for the last 27 years.
August 14, 2016

Why Being a Songwriter Rocks

All true songwriters have one thing in common – they love what they do. But while there may be a great deal of passion for creating songs, it can feel unfruitful at times, especially in light of the fact that only a small percentage of songwriters actually see significant rewards from their efforts.
August 10, 2016

The Art of Writing Bluegrass Songs

Songwriters who aspire to write traditional Bluegrass music may find that it is not always easy. They say simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, and the greatest practitioners of Bluegrass have been those who could convey even the most complex topics in common, everyday terms. Steeped in a long history involving migrants and rural living, Bluegrass is one of the most charming styles of music.
August 2, 2016

Lessons In Nonsensical Songwriting From Elvis – The King

Do you write lyrics that could be considered unintelligible or nonsensical based on the laws of English? If so, you’re certainly not alone. Elvis Presley, who is undoubtedly one of the greatest artists to have ever lived, is famous for spitting lyrics that defied natural language or comprehension, but resonated with millions of fans around the world.
August 1, 2016

6 Top Qualities to Look for In a Songwriting Mentor

Finding a mentor in your respective field in life can turn out to be a valuable experience that sets you up for success. But finding a good songwriting mentor is not always easy. He or she has to be someone who you can connect with and who will understand you. Here are 6 things to look for.
July 31, 2016

How to really test whether a song has hit potential

A few days ago we told you about our new Song Check package, which allows you to ‘test drive’ a song for a low cost before jumping into full production. Since it’s now officially launched, we invite you to celebrate!
July 21, 2016

3 Fun Songwriting Games To Inspire Creativity

No matter how good you are at writing songs, some days the creative process will just cease to flow. Try as you might, you just can’t seem to get a single lyric down on paper. There are a number of fun and creative games you can try to get in the frame of mind for writing, which could also help you create like you never have before. Let’s look at a few.
July 14, 2016

How the Right Lyric Can Fortify the Listeners' Creative Mind

To write creative lyrics that will get listeners to open their eyes wide and press replay over and over again, you have to understand how to use the different agents of figurative language. Once you understand how to use even a few of these literary devices, your songs will automatically become more poetic, which will affect your listeners more, especially if your lyrics have subtle meanings or deliberately have dual interpretations.
July 5, 2016

Play This Pinterest Game For Song Inspiration

Pinterest is actually a treasure trove of songwriting ideas if you know how to use its billions of pins that people share every day. Today, we’re going to play a little game that can help get your creative juices running just by visiting Pinterest. By the way, we will be posting several fun songwriting games in the coming weeks, so stay tuned to this spot.
June 18, 2016

Exciting Times Ahead – Time to Write Your Next Masterpiece

Can you feel it? Yet another summer is upon us, which means hello to the great outdoors for our friends in the US, Canada and Europe. It’s also time to take your music to the next level; just wait until you see the great songwriting ideas and music insights we share with you in our upcoming newsletters!
June 23, 2016

Keep Them Guessing: How to Write Lyrics That Have Dual Meanings

The best songs that have dual meanings keep people guessing even after several replays and combing through the lyrics. Some of your lyrics can come close to revealing the true meaning but still maintain the mystery. If you’re able to do this, you could generate quite a buzz.
June 27, 2016

Mid-Year Motivation & Songwriting Inspirations – FREE Giveaway Inside

The seasons have changed and we’re already looking towards the second half of 2016. Perfect time for a giveaway to all our songwriter friends out there. How has the songwriting journey been for you so far by the way? Inspiration is everywhere, just ask our friend Anders from Albany, New York. Anders sent us a tearjerker of a message last week about his most recent song inspiration.
June 7, 2016

How Songwriters Can Emotionally Connect With Their Audience

The best songs, and the longest lasting songs are the ones that are able to connect to listeners across generations, and across popular fads. But how can modern songwriters accomplish this? In today’s world, everything is constantly changing, and what people want from their music is constantly changing with it.
June 2, 2016

Is The Fame or Fortune Irresistible?

Learn Why Songwriters Don't Need To Resist A Flourishing Songwriting Career in The Irresistible Compact Guide for Songwriters. Songwriters exist. They exist as hobbyists. They exist as superstar scribes. Many are out there writing songs when they feel the right song comes to them. Most hope they'll write that song in a way that just works.
May 27, 2016

Was “Blind Willie McTell” a Missed Opportunity for Bob Dylan?

Arguably one of his best works never to have made it to a studio album, “Blind Willie McTell” is a song many Bob Dylan fans absolutely love. In fact, the song is regarded as a true classic and is considered one of the best the iconic singer-songwriter has ever penned.
May 23, 2016

Leol Williams Opens Up On Songwriting And Describes New York City State Of Mind

In this interview, Leol Williams outlines how he was introduced to songwriting, explains how special New York City is and shares some tips and insights for upcoming songwriters and musicians.
May 17, 2016

So You Want To Be a Lyricist!

The work of a lyricist is a subject that is close to the hearts of many. But, what is a lyricist? Simply put, a lyricist is someone who “…writes song lyrics for performance in songs, musicals, film/TV, and commercials.”
May 9, 2016

4 Tips on Publishing Song Lyrics on Your Own Blog

The topic of publishing lyrics on personal blogs was recently highlighted by one of our readers as an opportunity that some songwriters are not utilizing or not doing well enough. If you’re like many independent lyricists, self-publishing the lyrics to your songs is one avenue you’ve probably not yet tried, or tried with limited success.
May 4, 2016

Here Are 3 Tips For Writing Topnotch Choruses

Going by common definitions, the chorus is the part of a song that is usually repeated throughout the composition, often contains the hook, and forms the title for most songs. By default, it is often the catchiest part and is sung most often when people try to sing a song from memory.
April 25, 2016

Inside the Art of Songwriting: What 14 Great Female Songwriters Have to Say

Is songwriting a man's world? How about telling some of the greatest female songwriters of the past few generations that! What goes into songwriting? Well, it's not that simple. Everyone has a process. So, if you're wondering what some of the best female songwriters have to say about the subject, you're in luck.
April 11, 2016

How To Make Your Lyrics Shine

Lyrics are a critical piece of songwriting, and the process of writing these lyrics can be one of the most difficult tasks that any songwriter will encounter. Like any other art form, songwriting is a powerful way to communicate with an audience and evoke emotion or convey a message. However, only some songwriters manage to accomplish this task. So how do you make your lyrics shine?
April 5, 2016

9 out of 10 Songwriters Will Be Pissed After Reading This!

"I love working with songwriters, [...] giving them a fighting chance to get somewhere with their music. So, why on earth would I write something that offends, no, not offends, really pisses off 90% of all people calling themselves a songwriter and potential clients for my business?"
March 28, 2016

Striving for Simplicity in Your Songwriting

In creating songs, one of the best things you can do is to keep your songwriting as simple as possible. Keeping it simple does not mean lightweight or nonsensical or adding a lot of fluff, it simply means maintaining clarity so that your listeners don’t have to be doing mental gymnastics to keep up.
March 22, 2016

Custom Song Writing Services For Independent Song And Lyric Writers

Using professional studio recording services will make you earn more credibility among music deciders. A quality-recorded demo is a necessary part of the equation for song writers aiming to get their music heard by music industry professionals.
March 18, 2016

Break Into A Long Lasting Career – The Irresistible Compact Guide Reveals Tips For Songwriters Looking For Longevity

It's an endless struggle to get your stuff noticed. So many ways to break into the current music industry exist. But now the amount of new content just drowns out works of many talented songwriters.
March 17, 2016

Basic Tips For Writing Your First Song

A huge part of songwriting is the artistic aspect, but there are also a few rules you should at least know about. As every other successful musician has done, you must first learn the rules, then follow them, before you can break them. Here are a few basic rules and tips to get you started.
March 7, 2016

"My Brain Never Turns off of Songwriting”

Writers are, by nature, very close observers of the world around them. "My brain never turns off of songwriting. Every conversation, everything I see, I'm just kind of like a sponge and I soak it up.”
March 2, 2016

Songwriter Rocc Nobles Reveals Inspirations Behind 'I Get Up'

Songs inspire. They help people get up and continue. They help people cope. So imagine what singer-songwriters draw upon to create songs from the heart. Songwriter Rocc Nobles wrote 'I Get Up' drawing from his personal experiences as a disabled veteran.
February 22, 2016

Songwriter Demo: Define Your Goal

Great importance is placed on TV and film placements. In order to score these, one has to pay attention to what is needed at the time which involves knowing what is being used and why.
February 8, 2016

Making Your Last Chorus Memorable

Writing the chorus of a song is not the easiest thing to do, unless of course, it’s not worth remembering. Regarded as the catchiest part in most cases, the chorus is often what determines whether a song turns out to be a hit record or not.
January 25, 2016

Verse 2: A Simple Rewording of Verse 1?

Oftentimes, lyricists find it astonishingly difficult to create a second verse to continue the progression of their message after completing the first.
January 17, 2016

Coldplay Gives Insight Into The Creative Process Of Songwriting

In an interview with Fuse, frontman Chris Martin spoke about songwriting and his comments give their fans insight into the creative making process that is the hits they are known worldwide by.
January 6, 2016

My Style of Songwriting Is Influenced By Cinema

This was part of a famous quote by one of the most iconic female songwriters Joni Mitchell. As a songwriter, the rest of the quote is probably the most important to what you do as a lyricist.
January 3, 2016

Ernest Tubb: Father of Honky Tonk

Ernest Tubb is a legend among country music fans. Born and raised in Texas, Tubb was no stranger to country music. Listening to Rodgers’ music influence Tubb greatly and helped lead him down the path to country stardom.
December 30, 2015

Some Motivation to Get The New Year Off to a Great Start

This article will consider a few things which a songwriter going into the New Year may consider to get the year off to a spectacular start!
December 21, 2015

How To Finish What You Start: Five Salient Tips For Lyricists

One of the primary downfalls of lyric writers is ironically lack of knowledge on the point which they desire to write on, or even knowledge on interlocutory points of interest surrounding that subject.
December 7, 2015

How The Mood of Your Song Can Truly Resonate With Your Listeners

From the point of view of songwriting, 'how the mood of your song can truly resonate with your listeners' is a difficult thing to really quantify. So, the best way to start, is with a little bit of history and look what types of mood there are and how the moods of music work.
December 3, 2015

Brilliant Examples Of WordPlay Tricks In Songwriting

As we appreciate the great lyricists before us, let’s take a moment to examine, study, understand, and appreciate some of the fine examples of lyrical wordplay that has come before us and see what we as songwriters and lyricists can learn from them by genre.
December 2, 2015

Mary J. Blige – The Original Queen of Hip-Hop Soul

In the late 80's, Mary J, Blige was noticed by the R&B Uptown Records after recording “Caught Up in the Rapture” in a shopping mall, but it wasn't until her debut album “What's the 411”, produced by Sean “Puffy” Combs, that she began her long and prolific career.
November 17, 2015

Keith Richards & Songwriting: The Driving Force Behind The Rolling Stones

In any music interview, one of the most common questions to be asked as a songwriter must be, “Where do you get the ideas for your songs?” The sheer banality of it must send shivers down the guitar neck of even the most seasoned of musicians.
November 12, 2015

Songwriters Worst Enemy: Writer’s Block - How To Overcome It

Many people claim that they have the magic cure for writer’s block. In truth, they can all work. There is no one solution to writer’s block, but that does not mean that there is no way to deal with the problem.
November 4, 2015

Differentiating The Singer-Songwriter Genre From Others

The concept of genre is an important point of distinction between different forms of music, although artists have increasingly been mixing genres, making it difficult to differentiate among them at times.
November 1, 2015

Sam Hunt’s First Steps Into an Unplanned Songwriting Career

Every songwriter hopes that they write a song that really resonates with their audience – one that is a real touchdown. Sam Hunt is no exception, after all, he is perfectly accustomed to writing huge hits...
October 26, 2015

Song Theme Ideas For The Motivated Songwriter

In addition to having a natural flair for writing, becoming a good songwriter takes time, patience and knowledge. It also means understanding people and what’s happening in the world, in order to use songwriting themes that listeners will find appealing.
October 14, 2015

Symbolism Will Help Your Songs Take Wings

For a songwriter, symbolism is like an extension of your body. It is such a vital part of songwriting, it cannot be a tool you leave out of your creative toolbox. In songwriting, a symbol works much the same as it does in any other application. But it packs much more emotional punch.
October 8, 2015

How to Listen Like a Songwriter? Be a Poet on a Motorcycle

Professional songwriters, from all walks of life, recommend listening to songs judiciously. So, stop doing whatever you’re doing, find a silent place, play some music, and listen to it wholeheartedly.
September 30, 2015

Those Details That Make Your Songwriting More Credible

This article will help you learn how to add little details into your songwriting that will make your songs more credible, and more memorable for those who listen to your songs.
September 16, 2015

You Won’t Believe it: Finding a Rhyme is not Art!

Before we move further, and tell you how to rhyme in songwriting, first allow us to explain what exactly rhyme is, so that you can understand the fine line between a super-hit song and a flop. “Rhymes are basically the flow of the lyrics; they keep the listener interested by keeping a predictable tone.”
September 12, 2015

Country Hit Writer Stapleton Comes Out From The Shadows

Chris Stapleton is an established American singer-songwriter with 15 years of experience in the music industry. Throughout his career, he has earned respect in the form of top-notch hits, Grammy award nominations and feature film contributions.
September 8, 2015

Best Tip Ever: Using Metaphors to Build Song Ideas

Many popular songs utilize metaphors, whether we realize them or not. Dolly Parton’s famous song “Love Is Like A Butterfly” is one such example. She is not literally trying to say that love is like a large bug, rather she is saying something deeper, and something more emotional than that.
September 2, 2015

Songwriting Techniques That Will Double Your Abilities

You have the passion, you have the drive, but the words just are not coming out like they should. There are several techniques that you can use that will make this problem virtually disappear.
August 27, 2015

Managing Your Own Songwriting Career: Feeling Nervous?

The life of a songwriter can be complicated and terrifying but it can also lead to great rewards in the long run. As a creator of intellectual property, you want to put yourself in a position where you get the most rewards from using your talent.
August 19, 2015

The Advantages of Smart Songwriting

Songwriting is not like most things. You can be a successful songwriter and still have no idea how you do it. Leonard Cohen said it best: ‘Being a songwriter is like being a nun. You’re married to a mystery.’
August 6, 2015

Three Tips for Writing Creative Lyrics

It’s not a cakewalk to reach deep into the confines of your mind and pull out an expression of yourself, your life, your experience or the greater human experience at large.
July 27, 2015

''Who Am I – Good Question, I Wonder That Myself Sometimes''

"Well what I am is an Aussie author/songwriter (more a lyricist than a songwriter although I do play guitar, most would say not very well, but I can come up with a melody). "
July 21, 2015

It Is Summer, Time To Write Some Christmas Songs... Weird?

While most of the general public doesn’t start listening to Christmas music until early December, record labels start releasing holiday albums and singles as early as late October.
July 8, 2015

Be Anything But Vanilla To Write Fantastically

“If you’re in a really good mood, you can write the best song, and if you’re in a really bad mood, you can write the best song, but if you’re just vanilla, you can’t.”
June 18, 2015

4 Essential Things Songwriters Forget To Do Every Day

As a songwriter, it’s important that you understand that there is more to it than catchy lyrics and rhyming lines together. Most songwriters will look to impose their own personality – and experiences – on their lyrics.
May 31, 2015

Unlocking The Songwriter’s Potential

It’s a process that goes along the same lines of Van Gogh and his paintings, or Ramsay and his cuisine. In songwriting, composing a song is very much like creating a dish—it requires the right balance of ingredients to make a good melody.
May 22, 2015

Songwriter Of The Year, Results Of The Worldwide Respected Ivor Novello Awards

The Ivors remain the only award ceremony in the musical calendar that is not influenced by publishers and record companies, but judged and presented by the writing community.
May 13, 2015

Bruno Mars’ Struggles In The Music Industry – ”It’s not like what you see in movie”

After a series of rejections from labels, the pair received a call from Brandon Creed, who was looking for songs for a reunited Menudo. He liked their song ‘’Lost’’, but he wanted one of his artists to perform it.
April 28, 2015

What You Need to Know About Photography To Become Great In Songwriting

From both chaos and beauty found in the surroundings, music and photographs capture a certain moment to which anyone can relate.
April 16, 2015

Get Inspired – Here Are The 5 Most Successful Topics For Songwriting to Start With

Throughout the world, a lot of songs have been written on various unknown topics. However, some topics have been more popular and have become the most successful ones.
March 30, 2015

Considering The benefits Of Math In A Music Educational Program

Already at the early stage of learning at Children’s Music School, within of two–three months,up to thirty percent of children lose their interest to music subject and leave the study.
March 3, 2015

Add Energy & Strength To Your Songwriting

Bouncing ideas of a work colleague or friends can often help to fine-tune a great idea, or simply reveal an idea to be a dud. In both ways, it will help them expand their writing skills and eventually grow not only as a songwriter but also a great collaborator.
February 13, 2015

Inside Us All Is A Song – Christian Music

Over the centuries, even the millennia if you consider the Psalms of ancient times the source of lyrics for songs has pretty much remained the same.
January 31, 2015

Music Interest Goes Beyond Favorite Artists

"My interest in composing I think has come from dream to create similar tunes as my favorite artists and composers. My music interest goes beyond my favorite artists because I like almost every genre of music"
January 28, 2015

Beyond The Anecdote Of Love And Heartache: Taylor Swift And Songwriting

Taylor Swift is one of the youngest mainstream singer-songwriters. She is a multi-awarded performer who has achieved the heights of success in world tours, countless singles, bestselling albums, and legions of fans.
January 16, 2015

New Year's Resolutions For Songwriters

Music has again played a very important role in everyone’s lives this year. Some of the songs that made 2014 were John 'Legend’s ‘All of Me,’ Meghan Trainor’s ‘All About that Bass,’ Ed Sheeran’s ‘Don’t,’ Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ and many others.
January 13, 2015

Songwriting Woes? Turn the Television On or Flip the Newspaper for Inspiration

There are lots of instances when no matter how hard you call your muse, you just couldn’t come up with any catchy verse at all. So, what can you do when you can’t find inspiration to create lovely song lyrics within yourself?
January 11, 2015

Easy Ways On How To Be Successful In Songwriting

These days, a songwriter can be successful in music even without a degree, although formal training can give him or her an edge in this very competitive industry. Here are a few tips on how you can make it big in the music industry.
January 10, 2015

Avoiding Plagiarism in Music and Songwriting

Plagiarism in music and songwriting happens all the time. Even for established songwriters, writing a line and fitting it to a chord sometimes turns into accidental plagiarism.
January 9, 2015

3 Great Ways to Shake Up Your Songwriting

If you are a songwriter, what do you do to perfect your songwriting abilities? There are various ways to enhance your skills. The things that you should concentrate on for improving your abilities can be effectively accomplished as follows.
January 3, 2015

An Unusual Source Of Inspiration Revealed

You will find in this article singer songwriter Geri Smith's unique insight on how inspiration came to write her favorite song.
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