magnifying glass on white table

When accepting his BMI Icon award in 2010, songwriter David Foster gave a speech which was more like a ten commandments for all songwriters to live by. Here are those ten songwriting tips in a nutshell: Save your moneyDon’t get marriedLearn an instrumentDon’t be too precious about your songsBe genuinely happy for someone else’s successPhone people backGive your career everything…

Things to do

My first piece of advice that I would give to any beginning songwriter is… “Never throw anything away, EVER!” Just think, that piece of paper that you’ve thrown in the bin with some half finished lyrics penned the night before might have contained the ideas for THE song that defines you as a performer, artist…

Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt cards, iPhone, pen, notepad

Here is a very interesting video I found recently of one of my favourite musicians and sound artists of all time, Brian Eno being interviewed by Jools Holland in 2001. In the video, Eno talks about the concept of his Oblique Strategies cards and how they can be of immense help to songwriters, performers, studio musicians and even brain surgeons. Speaking…

A process is defined as “… a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular goal.” As for a songwriting process, that goal is of course the completion of a song. Songs are what makes this music industry go round and the more that songwriters are encouraged, educated and (most importantly)…

finish, end, completed

I, like many, many songwriters have a problem with my songwriting process… It’s called “perfectionism” and along with an extremely over-zealous inner critic, this problem has plagued me my whole songwriting/music career. I have tried many times to snap out of it and to some extent have been temporarily successful numerous times over the years…