I was initially commissioned by Songfinch to write a song for their partership with the Susan G. Komen foundation. They were planning on releasing a limited edition vinyl record for the More Than Pink campaign. The campaign would benefit women who were struggling with breast cancer and help inspire them with hope at this challenging time in their lives. Naturally I was excited to contribute to this cause, but this particular issue also hit home in a timely fashion.Read More
My discovery of Brent Cobb is a testament to the beauty of streaming services like Spotify. One day I was kicking around on there trying to find some new tunes so I started perusing the sound-a-likes of various artists. I think I was listening to Chris Stapleton or Jason Isbell at the time and decided to check out similar artists.Read More
I first discovered the Texas Gentlemen through Paul Cauthen, an amazingly talented singer and songwriter, who is also featured on TX Jelly. Beau Bedford, who produced Paul's album My Gospel, (which is unbelievable and will be the subject of my next post) is the leader of the band and after playing many years as a studio band have now ventured out as their own performing entity.Read More
I recently stumbled upon the Americana Music festival while in Nashville, TN and let me tell you I was in music heaven. The best way I know how to describe it is I felt like I was in the epicenter of a 60's revival, a fresh wind of tried and true musicians who are fully dedicated to their craft and to being the voice of the people. Americana as a genre can get a bit convoluted as far as sound is concerned, but all in all, to me, it's music for the people by the people...Read More
Let’s be honest. This business is tough. In fact, it may be the most brutal of them all. But there’s one thing that remains true: the last man (or woman) standing wins the prize.
Not everyone is cut out for a career in music. You must face constant rejection, play to empty rooms, learn to navigate the evolving business climate (moving from physical sales to digital to streaming, etc.) There is a whole lot of supply and not a ton of demand. Lots of people want to play, but most of them aren’t willing to put in the time and effort it takes to thrive in the music world.Read More
Aristotle said, “the ability to see one thing as another is the only truly creative human act.”
As a songwriter or any form of writer for that matter, you have the power to invent an entire world for your listener or reader. With a stroke of your pen you can scheme up wild images to give life to your story. One of your most powerful tools when writing song lyrics is the usage of metaphor and simile to create stories or experiences that the listener can taste, touch, feel, smell, and of course hear. Let’s take a closer look at what these are and how you can use them in writing song lyrics.Read More
The melody is the guiding force of the song. It is the main, lead part of the song that is sung and the part of the song that you remember.
I bet you can still remember the melody to songs you only heard once or twice. The melodies of songs you heard as a child are easily brought to mind and hummed whether or not you know the song lyrics. When you can’t get a song out of your head, more than likely its the melody that is haunting you.Read More
Before setting out on the endeavor of writing song lyrics, its important to identify your destination. Choosing a concept or a “hook” can help you know where the story of your song reaches its peak or climax. This concept will probably also be the main lyric of your “hook” or “chorus.”
A hook or chorus is the main part of the song that you remember and sing along to. This can be a lyric, a whole section of lyrics, or even a section of la-la-la’s or na-na-na’s, but ultimately it is the overarching theme, concept, and memorable part of the song.Read More
What is a music producer?
What does is mean to produce a song?
How much do music producers make?
These are all questions that I’m sure many up and coming producers and artists have asked.
I think most people are unaware of what a music producer actually does, and why does a musician need one?Read More
Like many of my producer peers, I am constantly on the hunt for MASSIVE sounding drums. Nothing makes your track hit harder and sound more mega than some big ole fat drums, especially the snare drum. I think this is a sure fire way of getting your track to sound more commercially viable. Here are 3 ways to mix big fatty-fat snare drums (or as my friend and former drummer Michael McGee used to say, a snare that “sounds like you’re hitting a 24oz steak!”). Note: these techniques also apply to kick, toms, etc.Read More