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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.

Song Writing Quick Tips 5 – Evaluating Work

Song Writing Quick Tips 5 – Evaluating Work

There’s no doubt that people have made great music, movies, and other art.  The problem is when you want to make great stuff but you think you’re already great.  Sometimes you need a hard reality slap to realize that you need to be evaluating your work.  Let’s talk about that. If you’re strapped for time then join the Hexie Dose Newsletter and I’ll send you free updates.  YouTube uploads

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Diphthongs Are Vowels

Diphthongs Are Vowels I can’t believe how much hate I’ve gotten over my two-weeks-old video on Rhyme Vowels.  Not only have I been indirectly accused of stealing from Pat Pattison but I’ve been directly insulted.  This is strange to me because I’m just trying to help.  Yes, I’m also trying to pump out content to save up for my Lamborghini.  Still, no one should have to endure this level

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Songwriting Steps Pt1

Songwriting Steps Pt1

Songwriting Steps Pt1 Songwriting can be hard. You have to come up with a catchy chorus, have verses that make sense and move people, and a good production. This is more work that many are willing to do alone. That’s why most songwriters just focus on songwriting. The best songwriters do not only that but have steps to ensure they make consistently good songs. Today, I’m going to walk

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Rhyme Vowels

Rhyme Vowels

Rhyme Vowels We’ve all heard rappers use amazing wordplay and unique rhymes.  Sadly, when most of us sit down to write a song, we draw a blank.  There are 21 vowels in the English language.  How many of them do you know?  Knowing all the vowels is one thing but organizing them is another altogether.  In this article and video I’m giving you a system to help you with

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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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