Are Your Songs Contagious?


Brent is a hit songwriter with cuts by Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Lady Antebellum, Joe Nichols, Gord Bamford, Ray Stevens, and more.  He’s written a top 5 hit in the US and a #1 in Canada… so far.


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I read this quote (of a quote) in the book “If You Want To Write” by Brenda Ueland. I think it’s worth considering, so I thought I’d share.

“Tolstoi, in a famous essay called, ‘What Is Art?’ said something like this:

Art is infection. The artist has a feeling and he expresses it and at once this feeling infects other people and they have it, too. And the infection must be immediate or it isn’t art. If you have to puzzle timidly over a picture or book and try, try to like it and read many erudite critics on the subject so that you can say at last, ‘Yes, I think I really do begin to understand it and see that it is just splendid! Real art!’ then it is not art.”

Are your songs contagious? Do they infect the listener immediately with the feeling you put into the song?

God Bless,



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13 thoughts on “Are Your Songs Contagious?”

  1. What is a recent song that infected YOU as a listener? What is a song that immediately made you feel what the writer/singer wanted you to feel?

    I’ll go first: “We Are Tonight”- the Sam Hunt version. It’s so anthemic that it just makes me FEEL strong, that anything is possible and I that I can do it. It lifts my spirits when I’m down.

    What about you?

  2. my songs on (clays country radio) check it out maybe you can read about me & my songs please vote trying to get songwriter of the year there thanks TERRY BALL.

    1. Terry,
      I wish you well. So please take my following comments in the spirit in which they are intended- I want to help you.

      To my recollection, the only times you have ever commented on a Man vs. Row post has been to ask US to do something for YOU. I don’t remember you ever contributing your creativity to a Wordplay Thursday or adding your input to a topic.

      It is beneficial to GIVE before you take. It’s just natural that the fine folks in the MvR community would be more likely to help you out if you weren’t a complete stranger who only shows up to ask for something. Let us know who you are. Join in the conversation. When you share, when you give, then people know you’re not just in it for yourself. And that makes them more likely to want to help you. Because you’ve already added value to them.

      This is about more than just my little blog. This is how the music biz works. It’s a service business, as I’ve written about before. Help people get where they want to go, and it will help you get where you want to go. That’s a lesson for myself, for all of us.

      I genuinely wish you the best, and I hope my comments are helpful.
      God bless.

  3. Happy by John Fulbright. My wife is always after me to write a happy song. She thinks I am too morose.

  4. “All the Girls Are Complicated” by Laura Cantrell. It’s my current favorite song. I have to stop myself to listening to it on Spotify so much b/c I’m afraid my friends will think I’m obsessed (question to self: is this a confession or a comment?) Anyway, the melody is catchy, it’s up-tempo, and it’s lyrically very strong, too. I can certainly instantly relate to just the funny kind of fussiness that goes with being a woman she seems to be describing in the song.

  5. I have to admit I don’t get to listen to a lot of radio but I recently heard the song “I Need You” by Eddie James. My other favorite is “Take Me In” by Kutless. Both of these songs accurately describe how I feel and allow me to express myself when I sing them.

  6. Is it Friday yet? by Alberta boy Gord Bamford. This is a very common phrase here in Alberta, Canada where we work long days and out of town work quite often. I know I’ve said it lots…and it’s usually on a Monday…lol

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