I'm Dana

a singer, songwriter, spiritual hustla, creative soul, and curious cat. I'm dedicated to living my life full of heart, honesty, creativity and self-expression and to inspiring you to do the same. 

My mission (and this space in the interwebs) is devoted to sharing my stories, my lessons, tools, and of course songs to help YOU, the spiritually-minded songwriter, take a holistic approach to writing the best songs possible and to expressing your true self through your creativity. 

(It's also my excuse to totally geek out on music. My tried and true passion;)

As songwriters, we have been given such an amazing gift and talent to be able to use our words, our voices, and our songs to express ourselves. To take emotions, ideas or stories and give them that deeper meaning that the written or spoken word don’t convey the same way a song does.

Isn’t that so special? I thank my lucky stars every day for the ability to turn to my guitar when I have no where else to turn. When I have emotions so icky that the only way to get through them is to sing about them.

Songwriting is a muscle that can be trained.

You wouldn’t go to the gym once and expect to leave fit. It’s the same thing with songwriting. And any other creative endeavor. You can’t write every once in a while and expect for your songs to rise to the top. It takes consistent practice.

I created this space for us to work on our muscles. Together. I will be giving us challenges, inspiration, guidance, exercises. I’ll do song analyzation.  And YES, I’ll be doing them too.

I don’t ever want to get to a point where I feel like “I know it all already” and am not taking steps to get better at what I love doing. 

Learning is a life-long process.

So let's get started. The first thing I want you to do is enter your name and email into the space to the right to get your first challenge. Yes, that’s right boo...It’s a rewrite challenge.

I explain it more once you’re in there (with some awesome examples from my own work), but essentially you’re to take a song that you’ve placed in the “ save for later” pile, and put it in the “working on now” pile. It can be a song that you don’t like, or a song that you love but can’t get the right words, melodies, bridge etc.

The idea here is just to "get your practice on" in sitting down and doing the work. In confronting something that you’re having challenges with and working through it (quite the metaphor for life too, ain’t it?)

The next thing I want you to do is SHARE the challenge. Tell your songwriting partner, your best friend, your boyfriend. It’s way more fun and likely that you’ll stick to it when you have some accountability.

When you’re done with your rewrite, post the old version AND the newer version on soundcloud (or in dropbox) and send me the link to dana@danacarmel.com to win either a free feedback session OR a ticket to my next workshop (if you’re in the NYC area). I do a lottery once a month. 

If you're feeling REALLY courageous, post your rewrite versions in the comments below and we can start the dialogue here with other songwriters as well;)

I’d love to know what your songwriting hurdles are, so let me know that too. Together we’ll jump over them.

Until then….practice makes progress;)

All my music and love,