There is no better feeling for a songwriter
than to know his or her song is reaching people. Many of
us write obscure songs in our bedrooms as a kind of personal
therapy but those songs seldom resonate with more than a
handful of people. And even though I appreciate a quirky
personal voice in songwriting, poetic license and breaking
so-called rules, my focus here is guiding you to write well-crafted
songs that connect with your audience. We want you to be
accessible and even "commercial" without selling
out who you are as an artist.
When inspiration strikes, it can make you get down on your knees with
gratitude, but there is also a craft to songwriting. There are
nuts and bolts, tools of the trade that you can pick up along the way
to help you write better, more focused songs. Good songwriting is something
you can learn. I can talk to you about how to improve your craftsmanship.
per song critique
Sue will provide
detailed written feedback on music, lyrics, and structure.
$90 per hour for phone consultation
We will discuss
your specific goals and
fine-tune your song(s) together.
$100 per hour for in-person consultation
We will meet to
discuss your song(s) in depth - we'll review and refine phrasing and
focus in your lyrics and music together...be sure to bring your guitar
and recording device to capture anything
we come up with.
Workshops & Group Consultations
Sue is also available for songwriting
workshops. Please email Sue for
fees and details.
do you get your songs to me?
You can send me songs in a variety of formats. I can listen
to mp3, mp4, WMA, AIFF, QuickTime, RealAudio and iTunes files. You can
also send an
link to your music. Please be sure to include your lyrics - it’s
best to send them as Microsoft Word or PDF documents. I can also read “Rich
”files. You may pay by check, money order or through PayPal. Include $50 per song.
Send a CD or cassette of your songs, including a legible copy of your
lyrics. Please make sure there is room on your lyric sheets for me to
make comments. If you’d like your songs returned, please enclose
an SASE. You may pay by check, money order or through PayPal. Include $50 per song. Please email me and I will forward
a mailing address.
Email me to set up an appointment by phone. I require that fees be paid
in advance. You may pay by check, money order or through PayPal. Please include $90 per hour for phone consultation.
In-Person Consults for Songwriters
in the Seattle Area
I am available to meet with you in person at my favorite Coffee House.
This is a good chance to discuss your career goals and business plan
in addition to my reviewing your songs. Email me and we’ll set
it up. (I buy the coffee.) You may pay by check, money order or through
PayPal. Please include $100 per hour for
I may not like every song you give me, but if you are dissatisfied with
the quality of my assessments, I will give you a full refund.