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Why You Have a Hard Time Coming up with Good Song Ideas

If you think all your ideas are terrible, read this. If you haven't written a song in ages, read this. If you're struggling with getting back on the songwriting bangwagon, please, read this. | SongFancy, songwriting tips and inspiration for the contemporary songwriter.

Having a great idea to write about can be the difference between writing a song you love, or feeling like you’re wasting your time. When your ideas are less than inspired, it can be really hard to find to momentum to write. What’s the point in writing songs at all, if your ideas aren’t any good? So why is it so difficult to come up with great ideas that inspire us to grab our guitars, sit down, and strum it out? The reasons are many: here are a few that might be why you’re holding back. You feel like your own worst critic. You hear that awful voice in the...

4 Reasons Why You Need to Finish More Songs Than You Start

Why you need to finish songs - all the way through! From beginning to end. | SongFancy.com

It can be really easy to start a new song that you’re excited about, then walk away once the thrill is gone. Especially if you feel that little glimmer of excitement taking hold, the one that tells you, “Go go go, write right now!” But when you hit that first snag – “What line should come next? Where do I take the second verse from here?” – the muse starts to get distracted like a goldfish and leaves you to your own devices. Suddenly, that brand new song becomes a lot less exciting and a lot more work. So you get up and decide to give your brain a rest...

5 TED Talks for Songwriters

Get inspired with my favorite songwriter TED talks! | SongFancy.com

If you’re anything like me, you constantly have TED talks and podcasts and YouTube lectures running in your earbuds while you’re doing anything. Sometimes, I can’t get any work done unless I have some background noise that isn’t music, and isn’t garbage television – something with substance! I need to know that I’m learning and expanding my skill set, as a songwriter or as a person. Below are a handful of some of my favorite TED talks ever. They range songwriting, to personal development, to creativity and psychology. I highly recommend listening through all of them the next time you’ve got your headphones in! “Some Things I’ve Learned about Songwriting...

3 Lies You Tell Yourself About Your Songwriting and the Actual Truth

Three lies and the truth about you and your songwriting. | SongFancy

1. The Lie: You think you have nothing to say. You’re telling yourself that your perspective on anything isn’t interesting enough to even be said. You feel like maybe your life is too “good” or “normal” or “average” for you to ever have anything worthwhile to write about. It’s all been written already, and you feel like you don’t have anything to contribute with your music. The Truth: Your perspective is uncommon, new, rare and particular,  simply because you are you. There is no one else out there with your mind, your attitude, or your life experiences. You may feel lacking in extreme hardship and therefore you can’t write “real songs”...

5 Reasons Why Songwriters are Artists, Too

Songwriters are artists, too. How? Read on: | SongFancy.com

When we think about the music industry, the term “artist” is typically reserved for the people who are singing on stages, selling albums, and recording music. Not necessarily songwriters. Songwriters are usually referred to as the crafters, the masons, the welders and carpenters that temper our songs in the fires of writing rooms up and down Music Row. Songwriters are known as the builders of what we hear. And while that is accurate and amazing, we song crafters forget a certain truth: Songwriters are artists, too. But not in a music industry sense. Not always. Songwriters are artists in the same way that the painter is an artist. That the poet, the...

5 Ways to Finish That Song Today

I know you got a couple songs that need finishing touches. Here's 5 quick tips to help you finish that song right this instant. | SongFancy

No matter how great the writer, we’re all bound to get stuck on a song at some point. It doesn’t mean you’re a bad writer. In fact, quite the opposite. It’s par for the course. If you’re writing a song and you get stuck – hey, that means you’re writing! The trick, though, is to learn how to un-stick yourself. That takes practice. Here are 5 ways to un-stick yourself from that hurdle in your song: 1. Get up and walk away Go do something else for 5, 10, even 30 minutes. Fix yourself another cup of coffee. Step outside for some vitamin D on your skin. Make a snack....

I know you love love songs.

Well written love songs by incredible contemporary songwriters. Get your love on. | SongFancy.com

Happy Valentine’s day, love! WIth v-day right around the corner, I wanted to made some lovely little playlists for you. They’re full of incredibly well written songs by some of my favorite songwriters, like Lori Mckenna, Matraca Berg, and Sarah Buxton. Whether you’re happily hitched, severely single, or “it’s complicated,” how about a playlist? Pick your poison (or love potion, if you will) with one of our two Valentine’s day playlists! Write on, fam! The Kind of Love They Write Songs About Bonus! Single Forever...

3 Ways to Get Your Songs Recorded by Artists & Bands

Three simple ways to get your songs recorded by singers and bands. Read on | SongFancy.com

One of the biggest struggles songwriters can have is finding artists to record their material. If your goal is to make an income from your songwriting, then you’ll need to get your music out there. And if you’re not a singer or performer yourself, it’s essential to find people who are, so they can record your material. Here are three surefire ways to start establishing relationships with artists and get your first cuts. These are all great strategies for writers who may not live in a music capitol such as Nashville, NY, or LA. But if course, they’ll work for you wherever you are! 1. Co-write with artists and bands Co-writing directly...

Goal Setting for Songwriters

We've got big dreams. Let's get them down on paper and start making them happen. Read on. | SongFancy.com

Songwriters have dreams. Songwriters dream about writing songs and building up a collection of work they’re proud of. We dream of garnering some sort of recognition for our craft. Even some of us dream of taking our songs to the stage, to the airwaves, across the country or the world. Songwriters have dreams and the Songwriters have dreams, but dreams should always come with plans. A dream without a plan is just a fantasy. Dreams are beautiful, inspiring things. They provoke us, they wake us up, they give us the fire to get up and chase them. But a dream can just as easily slip through your fingers if you don’t...

Feeling Festive? When to Write that Christmas or Holiday Song

Save up those Christmas songs, they could become classics. Here's why: | SongFancy.com

It seems that every year, when the nights get longer and colder, when our living room is festooned with presents, ornaments, and glistening lights, I really really want to sit down and write Christmas songs. Another thing that compels me to write Christmas songs is that I feel like it’s an rare opportunity to write something that could be extraordinarily meaningful. Christmastime is always equal parts anxiety and joy for me. It’s materialism and spiritualism, it’s unconditional love and unrelenting pressure. It’s timelines and deadlines and flight paths and slow lanes. I always want to write something that could take someone back to the heart of it all – love. Do...