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

Members: 279
Latest Activity: Aug 27

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.



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Discussion Forum

It takes Taylor Swift how long to write a song??????? 8 Replies

It took Adele two days to write "Someone Like You". …Continue

Tags: writing, a, song, flatts, rascal

Started by Yasmin de Soiza. Last reply by Naomi Vescio Aug 27.

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Comment by Ken Bragg on August 20, 2014 at 12:29am

Looks like everyone has had a productive summer!

Aly, I really like this one! It's very catchy, but also very emotional. That's a great combination. It's funny how we can come back to something a while later and turn it into something we love. (Jack White actually did that on his new album Lazaretto. He based some parts of it on writings he did when he was 17.)

Comment by Aly Nicole Schulte on August 16, 2014 at 9:41pm

My original called the Last Goodbye.

I wrote this song a while ago and my songwriting friend, as well as I, did not think much of it. About 6 months later with a little effort in changing lyrics and alternating the chords a bit, it's become my favorite song to play.

Also, update with me (if any of you are interested): I'm now playing at a farmers market which is SUPER fun and more than what I was ever expecting when I first started songwriting about two years ago. :)

Thanks for reading
Comment by Zandi Holup on August 14, 2014 at 5:25pm

Hi Everyone!

     I will be playing for an hour at The Bitter End on Sept. 4th! Here is the event link, hope ya can come! xo


Comment by Deidre Rodman Struck on August 14, 2014 at 10:29am

Thanks Micky Lapin, can't wait to hear it!

Comment by Deidre Rodman Struck on August 14, 2014 at 10:28am

Hi Madeleine Ertel

I think I'm a bit confused by the form. I do like the space you used in the beginning. It might be fun to map out the song using stickies or the like with "Verse 1, Prechorus" etc on them to see the whole flow of the song in front of you, then listen through and ask yourself which stickie isn't quite fitting. (Sometimes I like to see things in front of me more visually :)

I love the idea of using the content at 1:46 as a prechorus, it really builds nicely.

It sounds like there are a lot of syllables going on so I'd suggest trying to make the lyrics more concise, as Kaitlyn suggested, or slowing the song down.

Did this answer your question? I haven't had enough coffee yet today so let me know if I can help more! :)

Comment by Micky Lapin on August 13, 2014 at 3:47pm

Deidre Rodman Struck, im not done with the recording yet, but ill post it when i done. i did use past tense for the last chorus on purpose to end the story in the song.  

Comment by Madeleine Ertel on August 13, 2014 at 2:12am

Deidre Rodman Struck Hi, what exactly do you mean? Usually that minor progression leads into the chorus, should I put a break there? Or do you mean a change in the lyrics?

Comment by Brianna Knight on August 12, 2014 at 3:58pm

to Deidre Rodman Struck thank you! & yes its a solid statement & hmmm I'll have to think about it.. maybe moment?? Would that sound good? 

Comment by Deidre Rodman Struck on August 12, 2014 at 3:06pm

Micky Lapin, great edits! A couple of questions: Do you have a current recording?

Is the use of past tense in the last verse on purpose?

Comment by Deidre Rodman Struck on August 12, 2014 at 3:03pm

Hi Brianna Knight! I enjoy your use of word pairing; ie, serious/curious. Are you making a solid statement with the first line, "I don't want anything serious", or are you asking a question, in which case I would switch the first two lines: "Am I just curious, seeking nothing serious" etc.

I prefer to avoid using the same word twice if I can help it. What other word could you come up with for "memories" in the second verse?"


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