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SongwritingCircle.com Podcast: episode 7 is up!

Ever wrote a song, but it didn’t end up being the song you thought you were writing? Just happened to me again… so I figured I’d use that premise to shoot a new episode of the SongwritingCircle.com podcast 🙂

SongwritingCircle.com Podcast: Episode 6

Ever wrote a song and felt remarkably BORED as you were writing it? Asking yourself, good grief, how many times am I gonna write THIS song? Well, it happened to me, so I stopped and tried to ascertain why I was feeling that way.

I made a list of five things I could do to change it around, and then I wrote a new song…

I share those concepts and the new song in this episode of the podcast.

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

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.