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 […]

Songwriting Tip: Spicing Up Chords

There are a limited number of notes available in the Western musical scale. Twelve tones, repeated in octaves in a finitely audible spectrum; below and above a certain range, the human ear can no longer perceive them. What this means for us, as songwriters, is that we only have a certain number of colors on […]

Songwriting Tip: Rhyme Worksheet

You’ve gotten to the point now where your songs are starting to take shape; now it’s time to start writing the lyrics. If you’re writing any type of popular music- rock, folk, rap, etc.- you’re probably going to want the words to rhyme, right? Okay, cool. There are some people who actually prefer to start […]

Songwriting Tip: Stream of Consciousness Album Writing

Just like any other creative skill, a lot of songwriting is just about keeping the gears greased. With the way modern music is made, this can be a difficult practice to enforce. There are few tried and true methods that have worked for me, and one of them is Stream of Consciousness Album writing. The […]