A Response Worth Waiting For

by Harriet Schock Have you ever submitted a song only to hear nothing back? Did you just assume either they heard it and didn’t like it, or they never heard it? Songwriters and actors get rejected more often than drunk guys with hackneyed pick-up lines. It’s just what...

Songwriting Tip: Gotta Love that Wrong Note

by Harriet Schock There’s a lot to say about “wrong notes” but I’m going to concentrate here on the good ones—the ones that you wait for in a song. They’re not really wrong, but they’re unexpected and give a color to the music that is rather magical. Some occur from...

Songwriting Tip: Songs Are Small Things

by Harriet Schock I tell my songwriting students this often. I tell myself this often. Songs are small things. Unlike a play or screenplay, songs can’t have a large cast or a bunch of subplots. If the idea of the song is “You are so beautiful to me…” then you simply...

Songwriting Tip: Your Art and Your Day Job

by Harriet Schock It’s almost a joke line, “Don’t give up your day job.” It usually means “Whatever you’re trying to do, you’re not good enough at it to make a living, so don’t give up your day job.” First of all, Charles Bukowski kept his day job at the post office...

Songwriting Tip: Walking that Line

by Harriet Schock There’s a line between art and commerce and for some people, it’s wide enough to walk. Finding a way to do it is an art in itself. I know some of the best songwriters walking the earth but you might not know their names. That doesn’t mean they’re not...

Songwriting Tip: Melody Is Like a Fingerprint or Signature

by Harriet Schock In my songwriting course, I cover melody and chords as well as lyrics. I’ve learned so much about songwriters this way. Melodies don’t always reflect the actual personality of the composer the way handwriting might, but it certainly stays within a...