Looking for My Song to Sing (3 Key Questions in Any Pursuits)

I’m doing vocals for the song I’m working on.  Vocals are always a bit of struggle for me.  I love to sing but what I hear in my head and what comes out are two different things. Vocal is one example of where the concept of “discovering who you are …

22 Albums That Changed My Life (Part 1)

Here are 21 albums that shaped me as a music enthusiast and musician.  It’s listed more or less in the chronological order of my discovering  them.  It’s fun to trace my journey and see my tastes evolved with time. Bon Jovi New Jersey Europe’s Final Countdown was perhaps the very first English-language album …

Bon Jovi, Metallica and Pursuing What We Need

Do you think it’s phony, Jon Bon Jovi writing about struggles of blue-collar workers?  How about James Hetfield talking about self-destruction in the latest Metallica album?  These are multi-millionaire rock stars.  What do they know about the reality of common folks?  Sure, they are self-made men who climbed up the …

Songwriting Analysis: Bon Jovi “Wanted Dead or Alive”

You may love or hate really big guys, but they don’t become big for nothing — and this song is a fine example of the songwriting power house that is Bon Jovi.  Looking closely at this identity-defining anthem reveals these deft touches: Mixing of major and minor harmonies to make …

The Biggest Missed Opportunity in Writing Songs for Impact

If you are writing songs with lyrics, and if your goal is to create an emotional impact, then this is perhaps one of the fundamental concepts that you’ll want to keep in mind.  This is such an often-missed opportunity (even among songs that are very impactful already), though it is …