January 2018

The Cure for “Second Verse Curse”

As a songwriter, I’ve never been short of general ideas for songs. I could be simply driving or washing the dishes when I’m hit with a cool hook for a chorus or a nice melody for a verse. Turning that idea into a fully-functioning four-minute song, however, can feel like stapling Jello to a tree. …
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Finding Your Musical Voice

For much of my life, I wanted badly to be a better songwriter. I took the advice from my teachers and wrote almost every day, but it seemed like I was just pumping out one mediocre tune after another. Sure, songwriting takes practice like any other skill, but I was missing two key components of …
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