The mystery of songwriting...the creative musician's magical ability to pull from within their experiences, their senses, their emotions is as close to the perfect art as you can get. But it is also a craft. If you have a toolbox full of techniques, tips & tricks, you can make your own songs better, you can break through the evil "writers block" and most importantly, you can write songs for anyone...any style.
Two of my favorite quotes in songwriting (which I always consider part of my toolbox) are: "A good song is like a good sermon. It comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable"-inspired from Bernice Fitz-Gibbon" and "the most creative end of the pencil is the eraser"-that's mine!