I was recently a guest blogger at John Chisum’s Nashville Christian Songwriters. In one of his early posts, John said that part of our success as songwriters is about becoming a life-long student of song. And he’s right: when I left my day job in 2003 to go pro I knew I had a lot to learn but I totally underestimated the ‘size of the onion’, which seems to grow day-by-day. The more you know, the more you realize what you don’t know. And that can be scary. So I thought you might like to see the top-10 worship writing tips which I mentioned in that blog post here.
The pursuit of mastery in any field is fraught with setbacks and challenges, but still incredibly rewarding. Sometimes, it’s useful to use success in one field to help model success in another. Here’s an example from my daily swim.
You’ve just finished rewrite #65 of your best song idea and you genuinely believe it is ready to be pitched to an artist. So, what do you do now?
Question: “How do you make a million dollars as a songwriter?” Answer: “Start with two million”. You’ve probably heard that one. I shudder to think how much money I have spent/invested/wasted on my journey as a songwriter. Looking back, I might have done things a little differently. Here’s my take on the best investment you can make as a songwriter.
Have you ever moved heaven and earth to carve out a few hours to write a song but, when it comes to putting pen to paper, you just don’t feel like writing? Your brain is moving like a snail and that’s a problem because, as writers, it’s important to make the most of our precious creative time. If so, you are not alone, but here are some tips.
I know, my drawings are awesome (not). That’s why I wanted to show you what I was trying to draw in my book!
Ever wondered why some songs move listeners to tears while others try but simply don’t hit the mark? Let me tell you the about the songwriter’s secret weapon.
Song Maps Workbook (London: Great British Books, 2016)
I added the Workbook to Amazon since people might want to read it separately as an eBook. The price (99cts) is the lowest I can get it on Amazon! Note if you buy the main book you can still download a pdf version for free.
Well, after Day 1 of the book launch, Song Maps hit the best-seller list in the US and UK Kindle Stores, ranking:
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Arts & Photography > Music > Musical Genres > Religious & Sacred Music > Christian
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Arts & Photography > Music > Theory, Composition & Performance
Thank you to everyone who downloaded and reviewed. You are AWESOME!