The Hard Co-Write collaboration cowriting songwriting songwriting education songwriting for music educators working together Feb 13, 2024

Co-writing can be a really fun and engaging way to expand skills, get to know more people and expand your collaborative network, but it can also be really hard. Especially when you get into a situation when you feel you're not being heard. I find this happens a lot more frequently when...

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Letting Go of "Great" letting go rick rubin self-doubt song a day challenge songwriting education teaching the creative act writing a song every day writing songs Jan 09, 2024

Self-doubt and Creativity

This past week, I was reading The Creative Act: A Way of Being by Rick Rubin. Gifted to me by a dear colleague, this book has been one that I've come back to time and time again when I feel creatively stuck or in need of inspiration. 

As I was preparing to...

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Holiday Blues holiday songs songwriting songwriting education winter songs Dec 05, 2023

I just did an interview where I was asked why so many people dislike holiday music. In preparation for the chat, I sat down and thought about this and found some interesting anecdotes that I'd like to share.

There are a few things I came up with - some relating to emotions and others relating to...

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Why Lyrics are Both Easy and Hard crafting lyrics lyric craft lyric writing songwriting songwriting education songwriting prompts writing lyrics Oct 14, 2023

 

For whatever reason, lyrics seem to be both the easiest way into songwriting as well as the most challenging. Easy because they access language that we already have - no need for harmonic or melodic vocabulary - but hard because there just isn't a lot of real estate to say everything you...

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Tell Me Why mission purpose songwriting songwriting education songwriting for music educators teaching Sep 17, 2023

I can't read those three words without thinking of I want it that way by the Backstreet Boys. At songwriting for M.E. this month, we've been focusing our energies on this simple phrase: "Tell. Me. Why." 

In a world full of "whats," "hows," and "whens," it can be easy to forget our...

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Welcome to the SFME Blog Aug 26, 2023

Welcome to the SFME Blog. Here is where we'll be curating content about the topics we're most excited about in connection with all things songwriting and creativity!

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