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August 23, 2016

The One Secret You Need to Make Every Songwriting Session a Win

Have you ever set aside some time to write, but then NOTHING happened? You turned off the cell phone, shut down the laptop, got out the guitar or went to the keys, but were absolutely dry inside? Zip? Nada? Nothing?

You probably know the feeling… you stare at the page for an hour with NOTHING…You type some words on the screen and then ERASE THEM, like 12 times…You sit and play the same THREE CHORDS over and over on the guitar or keys and you get so BORED you just give up and go get a big bowl of ice cream?

Then you’re left sitting there judging yourself and being all Les Mis because you’re not getting anything done, feeling like a loser and [...]

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June 2, 2016

Bring Your Lyrics to Life with Imminent Imagery (It’s About Showing Not Telling!)

The definition of the word imagery is “visually descriptive or figurative language.” The only thing I would add to this definition is that it is often missing from the songs we’re trying to write. Using great imagery is one of the most challenging aspects of our songwriting and I come back to it over and over with the writers I coach.Master songwriting teacher, Pat Pattison, talks about writing towards “territories of meaning,” as he refers to the often vague references the writer assumes his or her listeners will understand. Failing to give clear, specific, irrefutable images of what the writer is saying is like telling a story with no details. “She went somewhere and did something [...]

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