Four Reasons Songwriting Talent Isn’t Enough

I’d like to begin this article by saying that I’m not a cynic. On the contrary, I’m a big believer that if your dream is to have success with your music, then, in time, you will find that success. However, I am a realist. There are rarely shortcuts in our line of work and being
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Five Things You Can Do to Move Your Songwriting Career Forward

It’s easy to become overwhelmed by all there is to do when it comes to moving forward in your songwriting career. I’d compare the approach of this article to eating the elephant one bite at a time. In other words, by being patient, organized and methodical in your daily work as a songwriter, you’re guaranteed
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Six Ways To See if You’re Ready for a Professional Song Demo

One of the big decisions that we, as songwriters, have to make is whether or not we’re ready for a professional song demo. In other words, is our song good enough to warrant spending the money and time necessary to make a high-quality recording? While our instinct may be to love all of our songs
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The Advantages of Using Session Musicians on Your Song Demos

Why do professional recordings sound, well…professional? There are a number of reasons including high quality microphones, pre-amps, an experienced engineer and a well-designed studio space. But one of the single most important elements in a great-sounding, professional recording is the performance of the session musicians. There is a reason that the job of the session
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Confessions of a Music Supervisor

Ever wondered what music supervisors are really thinking? I can help. I’ve invited an established music supervisor to give you that insight with the condition that they remain anonymous. Read this blog post for the inside scoop… _____ Hi. I’m a music supervisor. My confession? I’m an “anti-music” music supervisor. I don’t want the best song
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Five Ways to Finish the Song You’ve Been Working on Forever

Sometimes songs come easy. You sit down and the whole thing pours out of you almost as if you’re simply transcribing it as it’s handed down to you from the heavens. Those are great but I’ve learned you can’t always count on it working that way. The other side of the coin is when songwriting
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The Pros & Cons of Signing a Publishing Deal

For most songwriters in the early stages of their careers, the idea of being hired as a staff songwriter for a publishing company is close to the Holy Grail. It represents that most coveted prize of industry recognition and validation of your talent along with a gateway to cuts, movie placements and any one of
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Marketing for Singer Songwriters

Here’s the bad news. In my twenty-plus years of making a full-time living in the music world, one thing has become more and more clear to me. It’s work. The romantic image of the starving artist being so incredibly talented that one day he or she gets “discovered” and becomes rich and famous is a dangerous
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What To Do Before You Record Your Song Demos

As a result of recording and producing literally thousands of song demos, I’ve learned that it’s better to prepare and prevent than to repair and repent. Here are a few steps you can take to help make your demo recording experience more successful. Song Preparation It may sound obvious but make sure your song is FINISHED.
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The Differences in Songwriting Between New York and Nashville

As a transplanted songwriter from Nashville to New York City, I had the chance to observe, up close, the approaches to songwriting and the songwriting communities in both cities.  While there are, of course, many similarities, there are also quite a few differences. By the way, I feel I should mention that the following observations
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