071a613ca6f311e18bb812313804a181_71[6]Hi! My name’s Nicholas Tozier.

I’m a book hoarder and songbird from the woods of Maine. I like the taste of language.

I started this site in 2009 because I needed a place to sort out my thoughts about poetic techniques, music composition, and how they relate to songwriting.

In early 2012 I made a brief cameo appearance in Songwriting Without Boundaries by Berklee professor Pat Pattison. Pat used my written sketch of a “cliff overlooking the ocean” to illustrate one of his lyric writing exercises. Examples were also provided by some of Pat’s students, Gillian Welch among them.

In Summer 2012 CDBaby named me one of their top 10 “must-follow” resources for songwriters on Twitter.

I’m also a contributing editor for Guitar-Muse and a writer/researcher for Songfacts.

On the rare occasion that I’m not writing about music, listening to music, or making music of my own, you can find me reading 1,001 Arabian Nights, meditating in an attempt to deliberately lengthen my attention span, or struggling with poetic forms like the haiku.

Thanks for reading.

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