Seven Tips For Getting Your Songs Cut

When you’re starting out as a songwriter, a common scenario is that something in your life moves you to the point where you’re inspired to write about it and, thus, your song is born. This may still be the case – and on some level I hope so – but if your hopes extend to
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Four Resolutions For Songwriters

There are so many facets to life as a songwriter that there’s always something we can do to move the ball forward. To that end, I’ve listed a few resolutions starting with the little things and moving up to the big ones. 1. Write down a song title every day If you take a minute
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Four Reasons To Be Patient With Your Songwriting Career

Looking back on twenty-five plus years of writing songs, it’s a lot easier for me to connect the dots now and see that the things I was doing years ago would eventually bear fruit. I can safely say that nothing ever moved as quickly as I thought it would and, yet, I’m constantly surprised at
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Six Important Ways To Build Your Reputation as a Songwriter

As in any business, your reputation and the impression that you make is a big part of a successful career in songwriting. Being well-respected and taken seriously as a songwriter will, in time, open doors and lead to work that will get your songs to a wider audience and generate income as well. However, as
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Ten Foolproof Ways To Do Your Own Song Critiques

Early on in my songwriting career, I considered it a minor miracle that I could write a song in the first place. However, once I got a little more used to performing that particular magic trick, it became necessary to start to refine my process a bit further. In other words, it was no longer
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Three Things To Do Before Your Meeting With A Music Publisher

For songwriters early on in their careers, getting a face to face meeting with a music publisher can represent the first major step towards connecting with the music industry. Not knowing how to prepare for a meeting like this can create genuine anxiety. To help you avoid this, I’m going to suggest a few things
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Three Helpful Hints for Pitching Songs to Film and TV

When in doubt, go to an expert. My friend and collaborator, Joel Evans, has song placements in over 350 TV episodes and 60 movies. He’s been gracious enough to give us a few important tips on pitching for film and TV. Enjoy! ______ There are many ways to seek information and advice about licensing songs
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Three Reasons To Be Thankful You’re a Songwriter

I thought I would take a moment to tell you (and myself while I’m at it) a few of the things we have to be thankful for as songwriters. Songwriting is the kind of pursuit that often takes place in a vacuum with little or no encouragement and is, by its very nature, solitary. Also,
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How I Came To Write the Song “Two Princes”

Chris Barron is a songwriter and the multi-platinum selling front man for the group, The Spin Doctors. In this exclusive piece, he tells the story of how he wrote the hit song, “Two Princes.” —————- “it’s for you.” the phone was for me. that was unusual because the telephone in question was that of the american diner,
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Three Good Reasons Songwriters Should Love Their Songs

In order to suffer the slings and arrows which are an inevitable part of trying to generate income from your songs, it’s a good idea to love them first. I’m talking about a very specific kind of love here. What I’m not talking about is the kind of desperate, dysfunctional love where your song is
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