About This Group


Singer-songwriters, guitarists, pianists, and artists of other musical styles, connect together here about creating songs, writing lyrics, jamming, performing and more. You are encouraged to:

  • Share your original songs
  • Listen to songs by other group members
  • Request and give feedback

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Songwriting Exchange

Join us at 9pm on August 19th at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City for a performance featuring songs written by Songwriting Exchange winners Connor Mahoney and Justina Shandler. They will be joined by a band of New York-based professional musicians, including songwriter and pianist Deidre Rodman Struck.

Click here to see videos of their winning submissions!

 Recap: Musical Exchange's Songwriter Search

Musical Exchange's Songwriter Search began last spring with a nationwide call for songwriters. After six weeks of online songwriting activities, a group of talented young songwriters took the trip of a lifetime, performing at the CMDA Route 40 Music Festival and collaborating with young South Africans.


Click here for a recap of the complete project.


Songwriter Series

Explore the craft of songwriting in this ongoing series. Through regular interviews and short videos, professional songwriters share inspiration and advice about diverse musical styles and approaches to the art of songwriting.



Click here to see more interviews.

Discussion Forum

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Comment by Liv Brook on Friday

I forgot to post last week's prompts, but if you're interested, this week's prompts are:

1. Write a winter song.
2. Have a friend pick out 5 words and craft a song around them.
3. Take your favorite or lucky number. If it is a number less than or equal to ten, that is the number of lines in each verse. If it is greater than ten, that is the number of syllables in the verse.
4. Write yourself a letter- past, present, or future.
5. Write a song about a ferris wheel.

Comment by Jacob Derwin on November 7, 2014 at 4:07pm

Hey y'all,

Hope everyone's doing well. I've been falling in and out of creative droughts lately, less & less time to write as I take more time for studying and sleeping when I can, haha. I decided it would be fun to write a "song of cliches" as a creative exercise. This is what happened. https://soundcloud.com/jacobderwin/the-song-of-cliches

Comment by Ken Bragg on November 6, 2014 at 1:24pm

I just got back from the studio and I'm really excited to get to share some stuff with you that isn't home-recorded! haha. 

Comment by Micky Lapin on November 5, 2014 at 6:52pm

hi Deidre Rodman struck, thanks for your comment! i totally agree with the change of "into you truck" rather than "in your truck." im working on the chords, and i'll post them soon:) thanks again!

Comment by Deidre Rodman Struck on November 5, 2014 at 10:47am
Hi Micky! Do you have a melody on chords? If so, please post!
I'd consider changing "the way you helped me in your truck" to "..into your truck", otherwise it seems a bit confusing, esp when the next time it says "out of your truck". Look for places to cut out any unnecessary words, and check for continuity of tenses. I adore the truck theme and can't wait to hear it!!
Comment by Liv Brook on November 3, 2014 at 4:59pm

Sure! This week's prompts are:

1. Take a pre-existing song and reshape it.
2. Write a children's song. Doesn't have to be for children.
3. Open the dictionary to a random page and point to a spot on the page. Write a song surrounding/using the word you point to.
4. Write a song about or alluding to dinosaurs.
5. Write a 'name song'.

Comment by Deidre Rodman Struck on November 2, 2014 at 1:45pm

Liv Brook this is a great idea! Could you also post prompts here? I'd love to do some!

Comment by Liv Brook on November 1, 2014 at 10:46pm

Hey guys! My good friend & I are putting a songwriting spin on NaNoWriMo with, as we coined it, 'NaSoWriMo'. We'd love it if you joined in! I'll be posting the weekly prompts on my artist Facebook page every week for this month, and feel free to add any suggestions of your own. Tell your songwriting friends! Thank you!


Comment by Deidre Rodman Struck on November 1, 2014 at 9:39pm
Hi Zandi! Cool tune! It was a bit hard to hear the lyrics in the video-could you post? Thanks!
Comment by Zandi Holup on October 31, 2014 at 12:55pm

Hi Guys! 

     Check out my song "Get Me My Gun". I play this one at all of my shows. Crowd loves it. Tell me what ya all are thinking!



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