Hit the Cement: An Essay On Commitment

When the first mic stand fell, I saw the singer hesitate. He had taken the microphone in hand to sing into the faces of the crowd – a good move. Nobody was dancing, and the band (Films on Song, whom I’ve praised elsewhere) was giving us plenty of reason to. Since we weren’t coming to […]

Inspiration and Imitation

Inspiration is a beat-up word – people can’t decide whether it’s the origin of artistic creativity, or a mythic state invented to give people an excuse not to work at art. I like it, though, as a word for the breath you take in when something makes you gasp. I take that gasp as a […]

The Top 11 Songwriting Courses for Musicians in 2022

Tired of the songs you’re writing? We’ve all been there – writing the same melody over and over, stuck in the same lyrical patterns. It’s rough. But the good news is that you can break out of it. You can learn to be a better songwriter from expert teachers. Welcome to the world of songwriting […]

The 10 Best Songwriting Books to Read in 2023

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Songwriting is freaking hard. At least, it is for me. Maybe you’re in the same boat. Or maybe you write a hit a day, like Ed Sheeran, in which case you should probably stop reading this article and go work with Justin Bieber or something. For the rest of us, though, there’s good news: songwriting […]

Top 10 Songwriting Tips from Professional Songwriters

Two truths and a lie: Two Story Melody exists to let artists tell the stories behind their songs. Two Story Melody exists to help songwriters learn from other songwriters. Two Story Melody doesn’t exist. It’s been in your head this whole time. I’ll give you a second to make your guesses. But let’s just assume […]

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