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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 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...

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...

7 Inspiring Podcasts for Songwriters

Laugh, cry, and get inspired with these great podcasts for songwriters | Songwriting tips on SongFancy.com

The DIY Musician Podcast from CD Baby Probably my favorite podcast like, ever. It’s a shame it only comes out pretty randomly every month or so. But each episode is well worth a listen. Host Kevin Breuner is so casual and calming, which makes this podcast super easy to listen to. You’ll get interviews with touring bands, songwriters, promoters, lawyers, and a whole gamut of relevant, in-depth music industry conversations. I used to take this cast to the gym with me every time I went, until I ran out of episodes! The Music Biz Cast with Kelly Castor Kelly Castor goes in depth with artist on their career strategies. He interviews with a...

My Top 10 Favorite Songwriting and Music Industry Blogs

All my favorite places to read about songwriting! | Songwriting tips on SongFancy.com

This list could get so big. So fast. So I’m keeping it to the greatest hits! Here are all my favorite blogs and resources that I read obsessively:   DIY Musician Blog from CD Baby This blog is chock full of easy to digest how-to’s for those of us who just need some plain language explanations of how the heck to do this whole music career thing! Man Vs. Row by Brent Baxter I was lucky enough to have a mentoring session with Brent a couple years back, and I have followed his blog ever since. He’s got cuts for days with artists like Randy Travis, Lady Antebellum, and Alan Jackson....

4 Ways to Push Past the Dreaded Second Verse Curse

Writer's block always seems to hit right around that second verse. Here's how you can push past that Second Verse Curse and finish you song! | Songwriting tips on SongFancy.com

Ah, the Second Verse Curse. You knew exactly what I was talking about the moment you read that title. It’s a thing. It’s an awful thing. The Second Verse Curse is something you’ve experience many times, but probably didn’t have a name for until now. It’s that moment when you’re knocking through a song and it’s awesome, everything’s going great. You have your awesome idea, your first verse set up the scene perfectly. Your chorus came really quickly and you’re feeling really good about where this is going — until you have to write the second verse. Cue break-screech.mp3. All songwriters have experienced the giant hurdle that is the Second...

3 Major Myths about Where Great Song Ideas Come From

All creatives get duped into believeing one thing: that we are hopelessly dependent on the whim of the muse. Here's what you can do to break the spell: | Songwriting tips at SongFancy.com

Ok, so if you read my last post on the perpetuated untruth of magical inspiration, then you know this is something I’m passionate about. It makes me so sad to see other creatives sitting around, lost, waiting for a bolt of inspiration to propel them to create. Y’all, you have so much more creative potential to offer the world – you’re not doomed to a life of artistic frustration! You can absolutely live an inspired, creatively fulfilled life! And it starts with realizing that inspiration is not something you should be waiting around for. So in this post I really wanted to drive it home and talk specifically about great song ideas. Think...

The Honest Truth About Inspiration: You have to make it for yourself.

Stop killing yourself over not feeling "inspired enough" to be a songwriter. You ARE a songwriter. Here's how you get your inspiration back. | More songwriting tips on SongFancy.com

One of the things I strive to do at SongFancy is  be really real with you. When I first made the decision to move away from home and everyone I knew in order to pursue a songwriting career in Nashville, I quickly learned that this industry is full of people who wouldn’t think twice about taking my money and telling me what I wanted to hear. Been down that road plenty of times. So I’m being really real with you when I tell you one of the harsher truths may have to hear: Waiting around to “get inspired to write a song” instead of actually writing a song is not going...