How To Make Sure An Album Gets DONE

“Working on an album” and getting an album done are two completely different things. Remember when Greg was telling you about the new album he was working on? When was that again… 2008? Where’s that album at? Greg is such a liar. There are more Gregs than you want to admit, too. Gregs are always […]

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 […]

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 […]