A Tribute To The Mothers of The Stars

Did you know that Elvis was discovered when he randomly walked into the Sun Records building to record a song as a gift for his mother? Maybe you did. But did you know that he was just trying to make up for the terrible birdcage he made her out of popsicle sticks before that? “What […]

How To Sequence An Album

So you’ve got a batch of songs recorded now, and it’s time to sequence them. For the sake of explanation, I’m going to make up the details, since I don’t know who you are. Use your imagination to substitute your real details for my fake placeholder ones. Your record is called Temple of the Monkey […]

How To Get An Album Pressed To CD

So you’ve spent time learning to play an instrument, sing, write songs, record them, mix them, and put them online – but now you want to put out an album. A real one, that you can hold in your hands. Then it’s time to get your album pressed by the pros. The times they are […]

What Makes A Record Timeless?

So you’re recording your new album in the studio, and you want it to be “good”. First, we have to talk about what “good” means. Do you want it to be the catchy and danceable kind of good? The crying and relistening kind of good? The commercial and broadly appealing kind of good? All of […]

Songwriting Tip: Creative Nutrition

One of the lessons that takes songwriters a while to learn is an extension of the old adage, ‘You are what you eat’. It’s very important to remember that everything you put in your body is either serving you or aiding in your destruction, to varying extents. Maybe this is a little heavy for a […]