Category: Songwriting

COMBO songwriting contest winners announced…

This is the 4th year that the Colorado Music Business Organization (COMBO) has held a songwriter’s competition.  Winners were recently announced and featured on a compilation CD that was distributed at the Durango Songwriter’s Expo, Omni Interlocken Hotel & Resort in Broomfield.  COMBO is also going…

Let her R.I.P.? When does the band (or song) die?

Sometimes it’s pretty obvious when to put the band to sleep:  John from the John Doe Band decides he would rather sell real estate.  Artie, who’s mom bought the PA system, is moving to Las Vegas.  The brass section was involved in a bizarre…

And we’re back…

Have you ever clicked the Pause button in life? That might happen when you take on too many endeavors or start a vital project and cast everything else into the wind. You might realize that some pure and desperate focus is required – for…

A songwriter’s story (and assorted bits of advice)…meet Ed Skibbe

Singer/Songwriter Ed Skibbe’s career illuminates the pre and post internet realities of many professional musicians. From the now almost mythical notion of bands setting up shop for multiple days a week at local venues to burning the midnight oil in Nashville, cranking out songs…

Write a new song in a new way

Has it been a while since you wrote a tune?  Many songwriters create a portfolio of music and then “get out there” to perform in public, sometimes forgetting that their talent as a writer is what helped them get out there in the first…

Some basics for co-writing songs

Have you ever walked into someone’s house and noticed a few areas of neglect? Maybe the screen door has a rip in it. Perhaps there are holes in the wall? Or you can hear a toilet running? To the person who lives there, all…

Writing music for yourself (and others)

Have you ever thought about the advantages and disadvantages of writing music just for yourself? You might be surprised by the implications… Advantages *You can write melody lines that match your vocal range and character. *You can write parts that match the musicianship and…