This is going to be a little "suggestion lesson" that I want to mention to those of you who are in the LYRIC areas of websites, doing open mics, writers nights, trying to make your way in the new landscape of the industry. As well as anyone who writes songs in general, PARTICULARLY you new people, but this is a serious point to those of you who put so many things out there.
This post is one of my ongoing "SONGWRITING SUGGESTIONS" That I am offering up for people attempting to get into the songwriting/performing area of music. This can be the new kids and high school, college kids, on up to the grizzled old veterans who have been around for a long time and may have forgotten or never practiced a few things they should be aware of. Or the people who are trying to help those people along. Read if you like. Print if you want. But be prepared for the TRUTH.
I'm thinking out loud again today.
Recently, I was performing a Songwriters show and was appalled at the disrespect from a table in the front.
Songwriter showcases and venues are a different atmosphere. They are listening rooms. (Note: The words 'Listen & Silent' are spelled with the same letters). Think of it like a Coffee House that sells food and adult beverages. (if it wasn't for the writers and hosts most of these places would struggle). It is not a loud bar-room atmosphere.
Co-writing: The art of sharing your heart felt ideas with another person and trusting the two of you will create songwriting magic. This can be tremendously rewarding and often frustrating. But there are some guidelines to make this experience more often than not a great one. If Moses came down from the mountain with a tablet or two on co-writing perhaps this would be chiseled in the stone!
1- You shalt put nothing else before the song. The Song Is King. Leave your ego at the door. Let the song develop as it wants to develop and not as you are determined to force it.
By Gary Burr Songwriting Master Class • August 19, 2016
Writing a song is an amazing and mystical process. It's also roll-up-your-sleeves hard work and involves a great deal of headache-inducing staring at a blank page (or a computer screen for you "kids").
SONGWRITING, MUSIC BUSINESS, LICENSING/ROYALTIES
The navigational tools of the music business can sometimes be confusing or misrepresented. To newcomers seeking a way to make their climb, it is a very frustrating circus of events to hurdle. Some of the most common misunderstandings on the business side of independent songwriting are the management of rights, registration and residuals of the business value of those works; most notably, royalties.
In certain clubs and cafés, the writers rule. Most of these are “originals only” venues where a cover tune can get you laughed off the stage. When you move to a hub, writer's nights may be the center of your world for the first few years. A writer's night is the best place to make friends, network, test-market songs, and learn how things work. You don't get paid for this gig, unless opportunities are worth something to you.
For any of you who have ever been frustrated by getting a publisher, producer, artist, or ANYONE In the music industry to listen to your songs, one of the PRIMARY REASONS is THIS.
FEAR OF FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS!
Now the "American Lottery" is to SUE someone because they have a word, a title, a melodic phrase that sounds like their song. Listen up folks, EVERY SONG SOUNDS LIKE SOME OTHER SONG!!!!! THERE ARE ONLY 12 NOTES!!!! ONLY SO MANY EMOTIONS, ONLY SO MANY WAYS TO SAY I LOVE YOU!!!!! You SOUND LIKE SOMETHING ELSE!!! TRUST ME!!!
About two years after I started trying to write professionally, a friend of mine staged an intervention of sorts. He approached me very kindly and asked me how my writing was going. I told him my frustrations and I told him the truth – I didn’t have much of anything going on. He asked me how I was supporting my family and I admitted that I wasn’t doing a good job of that. Then, he gave me one of the hardest choices of my life. He offered me a job. A career really.
1) Verb tenses changing or going back and forth in a weird way. This is one of the mistakes I see most often when critiquing song lyrics. Switching between past, present and future can really mess your lyric up if you are not super clear about what is going on. Let someone else read your lyric and have them tell you what they think is going on. They will often express confusion if your tenses are messed up.
My story starts all the way in San Salvador, El Salvador, where I was born. Having moved to Marietta, GA though when I was 11 years old, that’s where I call home. I’ve always LOVED country music as long as I can remember thanks to my mom’s obsession with Dolly Parton records!
Nashville Ear awards the Best of the Best honor to the songwriter that we feel stood out with exceptional songwriting and performances. Please join us in congratulating this years award winner Chris Gantry.