Some Tips on Editing and Re-writing A Lyric

I’d like to introduce you to Tom Kimmel. Along with releasing several major label albums as an artist himself, Tom has written songs covered by Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker, Linda Ronstadt and Randy Travis among others. Tom’s insights into the lyric-writing process are well worth a good read. Enjoy! _____ For some of us, a
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Five Ways Optimism Helps Your Songwriting Career

There’s an old Yiddish curse that says “may you do what you love for a living.” In other words, taking the thing you’re most passionate about and attempting to earn an income from it is full of challenges and can certainly feel overwhelming at times. After twenty-five years of doing this, I’ve found that it’s
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Five Music Industry People Songwriters Should Know

One of the things I’ve observed over the years I’ve been a songwriter is that songwriting is a solitary endeavor. When you do muster up the courage to leave your creative bubble and try to market yourself and your songs, it can be a bit confusing (not to mention overwhelming) to figure out who the
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Six Unusual Ways to Make Money with Your Songs

As I’ve said many times before, writing a song for its own sake is still – and will always be – an admirable pursuit. It’s something that not many people can do and is a wonderful form of individual artistic expression. That being said, if your goals include not only writing songs but also making
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Seven Things Songwriters Can Do With Their Finished Song Demos

Writing a great song, while a success in and of itself, is only the beginning when it comes to getting your music out in the world. A subsequent, and essential, step is making a professionally performed and recorded demo of your song. However, where a lot of songwriters find themselves at a loss is knowing
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Four Advantages for Songwriters Starting Their Own Record Labels

Above and beyond the wailing and gnashing of teeth that accompanies most conversations about the changes in the music industry, it’s worth mentioning that it has never been easier to make and distribute your own recordings. Choosing the glass half full perspective, I’ve decided to focus on some of the exceptional advantages available to you
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Four Critical Reasons Songwriters Should Pitch Their Own Songs

So, when’s the last time you pitched one of your songs? Really? That long? I’ll bet I know why. It’s not much fun is it? Dragging around your song children and showing them off to potential “buyers” bears a surprising resemblance to work. Actually, when you think about it, it IS work. OK, I’m with
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Six Critical Things Successful Songwriters Do Every Day

One of the best parts of spending time in Nashville for as long as I have is that I get to observe – up close – the way successful songwriters manage their day to day lives. Beyond the obvious songwriting talent, there are lots of other things that these songwriters do day in and day
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Four Essential Reasons Songwriters Don’t Have to Do it All

The life of a songwriter is full of a seemingly endless array of tasks that extend well beyond the act of writing songs. While there are a lot of things songwriters can – and should – be doing to get ahead in their careers, sometimes it can be a relief to know that we don’t
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Four Things Songwriters Need – But Might Not Want – to Hear

When I think about the mental state of my younger songwriting self, I see a mixture of bravery, idealism and a healthy dose of misinformation. While I wouldn’t trade any of my experiences, it might have been nice to receive a friendly warning or two along the way about the realities of my chosen profession.
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