Over the past two days I have written on the subject of the difficulty of getting major cuts in this day and age. It is hard even for "inside" writers and publishers to get them and ESPECIALLY hard for independent, non-connected, OUTSIDE writers. There are a LOT of steps, aside from writing the songs themselves, getting them recorded, getting inside people to pay attention, being patient, building and maintaining relationships, all have to be done and have to be done CONSISTANTLY. Rarely are their "lightning strikes" where one song just ignites and the world all falls into place.
No matter what it is you do in music - artist, songwriter, player - it's pretty likely that you know you could do more with your instrument. Maybe you're a singer that doesn't want to rely on hiring an accompanist or worrying about backing tracks (ugh, but that's just my slanted opinion). Maybe you're a songwriter and beginning to realize that you're repeating yourself because of your musical limitations. Or maybe you're getting by just fine where you are but know there's more you could do when you watch more accomplished players.
Every year, kind of like clockwork, people go through their “NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS” and of course with songwriters, it always includes, “THIS IS THE YEAR TO GET MY MAJOR LABEL CUT!” I understand all the “Norman Vincent Pealeism’s” of “The power of Positive thinking, and all, and do understand the propensity to “If I put it OUT THERE in the UNIVERSE it’ll happen. Yeah, I know that one well. Every year when I used to re-sign my publishing deal, we would toast champagne and say ‘THIS IS OUR YEAR…” RIIIIIIIGGGGHHHHTTTTTT……
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.
Voted as one of the top three singer/songwriters in Nashville 4 years running in the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Nashville Scene "Best Of Nashville" readers poll, Doc Holladay has become one of the most in-demand talents around, while also managing to work as a full time Optometrist.
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.