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Between the Rhymes: Should My Lyrics Be Poetic, Clever or Conversational?

One of the questions I get most often when I mentor songwriters is “Why does everyone tell me I need to write more conversational lyrics?” While there is no “one size fits all” answer to how your lyrics...

Measure for Measure: Devils Into Angels

On June 30, 2014, Epic Records released Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass.” As her first single for a major label, it was a career milestone. If she had been wondering whether the subject matter — an exuberant celebration of...

The Music Lab: Verses Are The New Chorus

Welcome to “The Music Lab,” a new column powered by SongTown and featured in American Songwriter every month.  One of the most noticeable style shifts in songwriting over the last few years is the emergence of chorus-like hooksin...

Point of View: Developing Your Ideas

Point of View has a profound effect on how you develop your idea. Because Point of View defines your position as a narrator to the world of the song, it tells you what you’re able to see...

The Music Lab: The Magic Behind One-Chord Songs

Welcome to “The Music Lab,” a new Songwriter U column powered by SongTown and featured in American Songwriter every other print issue, and monthly on AmericanSongwriter.com. I’m obsessed...

Between the Rhymes: The Job of Each Part of a Song

Welcome to “Between The Rhymes,” a new Songwriter U column powered by SongTown and featured in American Songwriter every other print issue, and monthly on AmericanSongwriter.com. This column...
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We Become Birds: In Loving Memory of Beloved Songwriting Genius Michael Smith

The man who wrote "The Dutchman" died like he lived, with quiet grace
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