Songwriting: Learn How to Change Things Up from Counting Crows “Daylight Fading”

Counting Crows “Daylight Fading” may come across like a straight forward American rock song — but beneath the surface, there are many twists going on, some subtle and others not.  Twists are not necessary to craft an impactful song, but at the same time, knowing them will make it easier …

Songwriting Analysis: Pet Shop Boys “Love, etc.”

Here is one of the relatively recent hits from Pet Shop Boys’ long and distinguished career (despite me being a guitarist, I’m a closet Pethead and I have adored them since their 1st album).  The songwriting team capable of producing that many hits obviously knows what they’re doing.  Here are the …

Songwriting Analysis: Radiohead “Idioteque”

Radiohead’s “Idioteque” off of the Kid A album is a hypnotic tune that’s become an unexpected crowd favorite and live staple.  Since it’s a rather understated tune, what’s in the song absolutely has to work in order for it to hold together and maintain the audience’s attention.  How do they …

Learn How to Use Exotic Chords Like Nickel Creek’s “This Side”

In this episode, we’re looking at Nickel Creek’s “This Side” with a focus on learning how to use some exotic chords in your songwriting.  Here are the particular techniques we are analyzing: Using G# in the key of E and why that works — it’s because the song temporarily shifts …