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Veteran songwriter Charlie Midnight (photo courtesy of the author)

"In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate most effectively have prevailed." – Charles Darwin

Being a good collaborator has been the cornerstone of my career as a songwriter and record producer, and over the years, I've come to learn that the foundation of any good collaboration is trust and respect. I've worked with artists as disparate as James Brown and Hilary Duff, and I come to each and every project with the understanding that in order to earn my collaborator's trust and respect, I need to give him or her my trust and respect.

Here are the three most important things I've learned about collaboration over the course of my 30-year career as a songwriter.