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Your Songs Don’t Sound the Same

Your songs don’t sound the same, so they shouldn’t look the same! Communication from the stage is 15% the content you bring – your words and stories and lyrics.  30% is the tone or emotion you bring it with.  But more than half of it, 55%, is what the audience SEES. The problem with what […]

Tom at CD Baby’s DIY Musician Conference – 2015

     Grab a cup of coffee and get comfortable to watch Tom at the 2015 CD Baby Conference in Chicago.      You’ll watch, along with some 1000 attendees, as Tom works with a band on performance skills. Backstage Pass VideoBackstage Pass Videos offer a wide variety of great information that will help you […]

Songwriting with Clay Mills Part 4 of 4 Video

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Songwriting with Clay Mills

Here’s the final installment on this great workshop session from hit songwriter Clay Mills! A little recap on the teaching — 3 Key Elements of a Great Song include 1) having a conversation, 2) keeping it real, and 3) living on the edge. And watching this live co-write session will hopefully have you anxious to […]

Songwriting with Clay Mills Part 3 of 4 Video

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Songwriting with Clay Mills

It’s been said that the reason for the 1st sentence in copywriting is to get the reader to read the 2nd sentence. And the reason for the 2nd, is to get them to read the 3rd. The reason for the 3rd is to get them to read the 4th, and so on… We know you’re […]

Songwriting with Clay Mills Part 2 of 4 Video

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Songwriting with Clay Mills

Why do you write songs? For the joy it brings? To tell the world something you’re thinking or feeling? To make sense of things? In part 2 of Clay Mills’ workshop session, he reminds us that writing songs can’t just be about telling people how you feel. (Not if you want to be successful at […]

Songwriting with Clay Mills Part 1 of 4 Video

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Songwriting with Clay Mills

Collaborative songwriting may seem completely foreign to you. Perhaps you’ve always written your own songs, treasuring them like children — so doing a co-write feels like co-dating or co-marriage! Or maybe you’ve been wondering how it would work. Just what does a co-writing session look like? This fall at our Tom Jackson Bootcamp, hit songwriter […]

A Strong Ending: Graphing the Perfect Set List Video Part 8

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Graphing the Perfect Set List

Whether it was P.T. Barnum or Walt Disney who said it, they were right: “Always leave them wanting more!” The last moment in every set you do will be your Closing Moment, or your Closer. In this video, I share a great way to do a “build” in your last song, plus some other “must […]

Sit Down So I Can Hear: Graphing the Perfect Set List Video Pt 7

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Graphing the Perfect Set List

Any of you who have read my book, been to a Bootcamp, or studied my DVDs, can probably recite the 3 reasons an audience comes to your show: to be captured and engaged, to experience moments, to have their lives changed. With this next Moment in your show, you have the potential to change some […]

Big Fun: Graphing the Perfect Set List Video Part 6

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series Graphing the Perfect Set List

Oftentimes when I talk to artists about this next Moment, they look at me like I’m a little crazy, and then say something like, “our whole show is fun!” OK, that’s good. But I’m not always sure what they mean. Do they mean they have a lot of fun onstage? Because that’s definitely not what […]

Great Song & Musical: Graphing the Perfect Set List Video Part 5

This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series Graphing the Perfect Set List

You’ve rated your songs by “energy,” you have a vision for the moments in each song, and you’ve worked out those moments in practice. After all that, it’s time to put them in the right order for your audience to really connect emotionally with you. Plus you need to know when and how to talk […]