Before you approach a venue, find out what kind of music they book. This may sound painfully obvious, but The Bluebird is a folk/acoustic songwriters’ club that features only original music, yet I regularly get press kits from jazz bands, country cover bands, show bands – you name it.
Since there are more and more people coming into all this writing, performing, getting out of their living rooms,
much of it is becoming like that old conundrum:,
“HOW DO YOU GET A JOB WITHOUT EXPERIENCE? HOW DO YOU GET EXPERIENCE WITHOUT A JOB?
The landscape of the music industry, though constantly changing, remains steady on several key ingredients that consistently produce the songs we hear every day. Reversing the steps from songwriting to radio-ready, one element we tend to see commonly is the collaboration of several songwriters.
When I teach songwriting classes, I tell students that if they’re rhyming “fire” with “desire” that they should leave. That joke always gets a giggle. As someone who’s taught songwriting and also judged song contests, I’ve heard this rhyme too many times.
Songwriting has nothing to do with winning awards for songwriting; songwriting is a sacred art, and yes , we want to be praised in private and in public for our works, but any songwriter worth their salt knows the acts of men are temporal while the acts of God are eternal..
It happens almost every day that I get an email, private message, Facebook, etc. from people who are “PRIMARILY SONGWRITERS’ (Not performers) who are trying to find out “What is NEXT for my music?” Well, sometimes, unfortunately, there IS NO NEXT.
Kurt Fortmeyer is a songwriters songwriter. He lives songwriting in everything he does. Conversations with him will bring thoughts of song hooks. Kurt is not only a great songwriter and a spreader of his craft but he is also a Chicken Wrangler who has wonderful foul.