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Songwriting is how I got my start.  Through it, I was able to play with some of Chicago’s finest musicians.  Today, it’s the backbone of my career.

It didn’t start with songwriting.  My first work was a poem to my mother.  She had left the house in a fit of frustration.  Behavior like that bewildered me.  No one likes to be abandoned.  The urge to express was born.

I was always reading and writing (in addition to playing video games).  My younger self had a rather real fascination with Christopher Pike novels.  Once I discovered music, it was only natural to apply my literary love to it.  After being “discovered” by an upperclassman to join his band, I began writing material for the group.  So, group lead to group.  Sometimes those people, as a whole, liked my stuff and sometimes they didn’t.  I remained undeterred because rejection and acceptance are the same.  Consequently, I’m still at it while they may have quit.

Today I deliberately practice this craft.  Everyone should know about the power of a vocal melody as much as the words.  Chords, in my estimation, are the ultimate, and most subtle, way to make music cool.  Seems that combining great songwriting with amazing production is a force to have.

How How To Write Amazing Second Verses – Escape From Second Verse Hell – Pt. 3

How How To Write Amazing Second Verses – Escape From Second Verse Hell – Pt. 3

Fellow songwriters – it’s time to unpack your baggage! Welcome to the third installment of Escaping From Second Verse Hell.  Check parts one and two to get up to speed.  This week we’re going to deal with the problem that happens when you don’t give enough detail.  If you’re more of the Cliff’s Notes-type writer then this week’s info is for you. This tip is not in Pat Pattison’s

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How To Write Amazing Second Verses – Escape From Second Verse Hell – Pt. 2

How To Write Amazing Second Verses – Escape From Second Verse Hell – Pt. 2

Writing songs can leave you with a trapped feeling.  Often you’re alone with no one to ask for assistance.  It’s like being an elderly person who has fallen and whose Life Alert has just run out of batteries.  This claustrophobic feeling is like being in a box. Wait a minute.  We’re going to talk about boxes today!  Damn, I’m getting good at writing these intros. Hey everyone.  Welcome back

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How To Write Amazing Second Verses – Escape From Second Verse Hell – Pt. 1

How To Write Amazing Second Verses – Escape From Second Verse Hell – Pt. 1

Second verse – a curse worse than a burnt MRSA in your bursa? In his book, Writing Better Lyrics, Pat Pattison says that one of the biggest challenges songwriters face is the second verse curse.  This could apply to any creative person whose art uses time: filmmakers, authors, instrumentalists and others.  I want to explore some of his ideas in one place so we can fix this disease once and for

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