SongwritingCircle.com Podcast: episode 5

Oh look! The fifth installment of our podcast is live. The topic, this time? I share my Mt. Rushmore of songwriters, and I hope that you will comment and share yours!

SongwritingCircle.com Podcast – Episode 4

In this episode, I take apart one of my own songs, and I show you, from sharing the personal anecdote that lead to the decision to write the song, how the general tone of the song was selected, and why some specific word/line choices were made…

Paul Simon talks about writing Bridge over troubled water

SongwritingCircle.com Podcast – Episode 3 uploaded!

In this episode, we talk about song structure and we take some examples…

SongwritingCircle.com Podcast – Episode 2

In this episode, I share a song I wrote for the LoFi Decibels band and I take it apart verse by verse to show how it was written. Please subscribe and share!

Jason Isbell on songwriting

SongwritingCircle.com Podcast: Episode 1 is live!

Well, it’s the first episode, so I’m excited and terrified all in one. But whatever, the idea is to promote songwriting as an art form, as a way to balance life and as a way to add more art into your life and the life of those around you. And hey, we may even end up with some great songs!

In this episode, my goal is to introduce the podcast, and to encourage you / inspire you to write songs.

Episodes to come will feature taking songs apart verse by verse to see what we can learn from them, and also interviews with songwriters about their process and what they learnt.

I hope you’ll find this useful, and that it will inspire you to write songs! Let’s keep the dialog going. I want to learn and hear from you!

John Prine on the studio…

“I wouldn’t want to create something [in the studio] that I can’t recreate in front of a live audience. […] the song is the boss.” — John Prine.

John Legend on songwriting…

“I have a structured songwriting process. I start with the music and try to come up with musical ideas, then the melody, then the hook, and the lyrics come last. Some people start with the lyrics first because they know what they want to talk about and they just write a whole bunch of lyrical ideas, but for me, the music tells me what to talk about.”
–John Legend

Sturgill Simpson on songwriting…

“Songwriting… there’s no wrong way to do it.” –Sturgill Simpson.