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I've been writing songs since the 1960s. So I have written a lot of songs. When people like a song I wrote and ask "How many songs have you written, anyway," I have to guess, "Oh, I don't know, maybe 300." They almost always say, "Wow, that's a lot of songs!"

Then I may say, "Ask me how many don't suck?" "Okay, how many of the songs you've written don't suck?" "Oh, I don't know, maybe forty."

Sometimes writing songs is like having a digital camera and no photography skills to speak of. If you hit the button enough times, sooner or later you'll come across a shot you took that looks really good, even though didn't realize that when you were taking it. Okay, songwriting is harder than pushing a button on your digicam, but the principle still applies that the more songs you write the more likely you are to write a good one.

My professional songwriter friends remind me that, with discipline and training, you can improve your chances of writing memorable and even radio-worthy songs. They're right, of course.

But mostly I'm going to write about things that work for me, including tips and tricks that I came up with on my own or through study and research. As a songwriter whose songs have only ever been recorded and gotten any kind of airplay from one other artist, I'm not guaranteeing that my advice will get you on the radio or whatever. But it will, hopefully, help steer you away from some of the more serious pitfalls. And maybe even give you a nudge in a more profitable direction.

Articles I've written for this page so far are:

Okay, that's not a very long list, but there are more to come.

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