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Writer’s Room: Phil Shaouy Wonders How Songwriting Will Evolve With Cultural Climate

Music has always been a reflection of what is happening in the world. Before the modern age of the internet and social media, music was one of the best ways to reach people. Of course, it still...

Around the Bramble Patch III: Accumulated Songwriting Wisdom

Featuring Merle Haggard, David Byrne, Townes Van Zandt, Tom Petty, Laura Nyro, Bob Dylan, Lindsey Buckingham, Dave Brubeck, Elvis Costello, Joe Henry, Rickie Lee Jones, Darryl Hall, Brian Wilson, Lamont Dozier & Randy...

Between The Rhymes: Blueprinting Your 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 issue, I want to talk about something...

Songwriter U: The Importance of Finishing Songs

And how to avoid the comfort zone of incompletion If you want to write a song about the moonYou want to write a spiritual tuneThen do it!Write a song about the moonFrom “Song...

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...

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...

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...
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Today’s Special Song for Now: St. Vincent, “Digital Witness”

Is this a great song about the dangers of social media, or the greatest? You decide.
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