Before you read on: Subscribing to this unique songwriting newsletter isn’t for everyone. But, if you have what it takes, I’ll show you everything I know about crafting songs to capture your listener when writing your tunes.
If you are looking for the “ability” to write great lyrics, the below is for you.
Here’s the deal.
I’ve put together a newsletter called: Tune Booster.
It’s not free. It costs less than one swallow of your morning Starbucks, I’m not kidding either. Just pennies a day.
It can’t guarantee you’ll write great songs…
Only you have control over that.
But it is a web-based, member access newsletter with your success as a songwriter in mind.
Combining over two-decades of songwriting experience… You’ll find tips, tricks, and techniques pulled in from one-on-one chats with hit-writers, books, webinars, seminars, workshops, songwriting camps, organizations for songwriting, and years of gigging experience as a successful independent performing songwriter.
The real test
of great songwriting
A lady runs out of the room, because you’ve touched her heart with your song and she’s embarrassed to cry in public.
When a man asks you to write a song, popping the big question to his sweetie, and she jumps all over it thanking you for writing such a special once-in-a-lifetime song.
When a Vietnam Vet grabs your hand, shaking it vigorously, while HE profusely thanks YOU for a song which honored the war he fought with his life on the line.
When you put a smile on the face of someone who is having their worst day of the year, and your song just turned it around for them with its humorous inspiration.
When your words speak directly to a depressed person considering ending their life, but somehow you helped them see value in living yet one more day, restoring their hope through your authentic lyrics.
That’s what I’m talkin’ ‘bout my friend. That’s where it’s really at for us as songwriters.
It’s not about penning another #1 hit, radio cut, or winning an award. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not knocking commercial radio. We would be a barren society without it. And, if commercial songwriting is your goal, Tune Booster absolutely will help you with your craft just the same. My intent on providing this newsletter for you runs deeper than the subjectivity of commercial songwriting success.
Lets’ face it, there are only so many chart positions for songwriters, and there are more measurements of success as a songwriter than hitting the charts.
It’s about the ability to craft great songs, and even about living true to the artist you are inside.
Each issue is designed to…
Let you put to action
tips and techniques
the same day
you get them
That’s my goal for you.
I want you to be able to rip into Tune Booster, read it in one or two sittings, and start putting it to use in your songs.
Each issue of Tune Booster gives you web access to:
A Featured Songwriting Technique, Trick, or Tip
We’ll put away all the B.S. of formal terms, names of meter and fancy grammar labels, and get down to a “water cooler” conversation you can understand.
We don’t care about a dangled participle or if we got our pentameter mojo on.
It’s not necessary to know all that to write great songs.
You’ll put smiles on faces and tear-soak boxes of listener’s Kleenex by cutting straight to the meat of songwriting, eliminating formal jargon.
I can’t come close to listing all the techniques, tricks, and tips you’ll learn, but things like:
- Eliminating writer’s block for good. Find out what the creator of Peanuts said about it, and how it applies to songwriting.
- Mastering rhyme patterns. When should they be alike, when they should differ, and how to decide.
- Finding out just when your song is finished and you can stop writing before you ruin it.
- Using word mix-ups, even the metaphorically challenged can dig up, to easily spark new creative ideas.
- Find out the truth about stress. How and where to eliminate and create it within your song to help pop your lyric.
- The “must have” element a listener needs in your lyric, which the rock band Rush even sings about.
- Six ways to fix a lyrical mistake listener’s treat like a spinach toothed smile.
- The lyrical style your brain wants you to write in, and your listener’s ear begs for it.
- Bridges: Do you need them? Do you want them? How do they differ in song types and what they do in each.
- Find endless titles in unlikely places. What kinds of titles are there, how to avoid lyrics competing for the title.
- How long should a song be, and more importantly how to avoid a 3-minute song feeling like a ten minute “open mic” folk tune.
- Techniques to make you a faster writer, eliminate re-write overload, and help creativity.
- How to keep a listener engaged, and avoiding a pitfall writers can find themselves in chin deep.
- Difference between universe and uni-verse. One is essential, the other is lyrical suicide.
- A secret behind never having to ask other writers to co-write, but have them asking you instead.
- How to arrange a great co-write session, and avoid the mistake which automatically kills the session’s creativity in mere seconds.
- Make rhyming easy. How to make it natural, not forced… and what about those perfect rhymes anyway?
- What to do with that first line that’ll tilt a listener’s head like a puppy and keep their ears hooked to the song.
- How to look at your songwriting. What you say to others… or don’t say. What you say to yourself, and how it affects your writing.
- We’ll look at song structure, sections of songs, types of song formats…
And that’s just the start of what we’ll cover. You’ll also get…
Sample Lyrics Showing You Techniques
Each month’s tip or technique will have sample lyrics to illustrate the topic in real-time use. You’ll see how a chorus technique, rhyme pattern, story conflict, image creation, song structure, word stress, and many other techniques of songwriting come into play.
Skin in the Game Samples
In addition to the sample lyrics illustrating the topic, you’ll have another set of lyrics to look at. This set will be written with built-in flaws in need of a fix. You’ll get opportunity to apply what is covered in the featured tip, trick or technique to come up with your own creative solution.
You’ll also receive some ideas, guidelines, and prompts to come up with your own original lyrics using that month’s tip. This will give you a chance to bring your creativity to the table from scratch.
I’ll give you some idea where to start, perhaps a scene or situation, and you will create a lyric with the topic in mind.
But hang on, that’s not the end.
30-Day Object Writing Prompts
If you haven’t done object writing as an exercise in creativity, Tune Booster will give you a great opportunity to start. If you’ve been object writing, you’ll have a daily topic prompt for the month. When I object write, I love having as little time as possible with the target word or phrase in my head prior to writing.
I’ve created fresh topics for each day of the month for you. Some might seem simple, which isn’t always the case. Some might be bizarre or even crude. And some might be dreamy or fantasy driven. In any case, you’ll be provided fresh prompts to get the juices flowing.
And, when you subscribe today, you’ll also get…
E-mail Access to Me
If you’re really stumped with a question on a particular month’s topic.
Have a question in general you need cleared up.
Want to share a success story or accomplishment based on the tips.
Want to let me know you’re getting awesome stuff out of your subscription.
If you’re stuck or confused on a song… I might be able to drop a couple pointers on a rogue tune if you’re really stumped.
I can’t do a full blown complimentary evaluation outside any promo offer, although evals are available at a special discount to subscribers.
Your subscription is kind of like a personal songwriting coach in a box.
Of course there are limits, but nobody gets my attention or access like this, other than a handful of close peers or personal friends.
I’ll also toss in some bonus material once and awhile, or interviews with other songwriters, which nobody gets but Tune Booster subscribers.
Here’s the bottom line.
It’s just $3.00 a month. Once you’re in at that rate, it will never go up for you.
If this was around for me back in the day, I’d have jumped on it like a college boy on a free pizza.
My guarantee. Since I’m offering it at a rediculously low rate already, there is no need for a refund policy. but… if your subscription isn’t working out for you for any reason, You can unsubscribe anytime without hassle.
Who this newsletter isn’t for…
If you’re a “shadow artist,” as Julia Cameron describes in her excellent book, The Artist’s Way.
If you’re looking for a ninja trick to suddenly blast you into the songwriting galaxy, without lifting a finger.
If you’re a writer who feels the tunes are channeled in and sacred straight off the pen, transcending need for a re-write.
This isn’t for you.
Who IS this newsletter for?
Songwriters with a “boots on the ground” mentality, sleeves up to the elbows, and want to apply proven techniques to gain a reputation for writing great tunes.
It’s for the “long-haul,” in-the-game, writers.
If that’s you…
Tune Booster is published the first week of every month, and available in your personal member’s area.
A noteworthy note. Each month’s issue will remain in your member’s area for approximately 30-days. It will be replaced when the new one is posted. You’ll have an option to download each issue before it is replaced.
See you inside Tune Booster…