Today we’re joined by Alex Forbes from Alex has over 100 releases to her name including several Billboard-charting singles as well as tracks heard often on the radio and TV. She’s taught songwriting at NYU’s Steinhardt school and countless workshops and songwriting camps and collaborated with top musicians including Cyndi Lauper. She is the author of “Write Songs, Right Now” and as you’re going to learn in this conversation she has a really sharp and refreshing attitude to the art and craft of songwriting.

In this conversation we talk about:

  • Whether it was persistence or momentary inspiration that produced Alex’s first big radio hit.
  • The most important thing a beginning songwriter should do on day one, and the #1 thing you can do to improve your odds of succeeding with it, and
  • The four elements she thinks are essential for a song to be really great.

It should come as no surprise to regular listeners of this show that as someone invited to be a guest here she shares our encouraging and inclusive attitude to music-making. Far from teaching that song-writing is just for the gifted few, Alex teaches that anybody can and should give it a try – and her enthusiasm is infectious so we think there’s a good chance you’ll go away from this episode inspired to try writing a song or two yourself!

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We interview award-winning songwriter Alex Forbes on the art of songwriting, the hallmarks of an instant hit, and giving yourself permission to write songs.