Boo! Songwriting Vampires, Zombies & Werewolves

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Brent Baxter 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.

In the spirit of Halloween, I figure now is a good time to warn you about a few of the ghouls who prey upon unsuspecting songwriters.



There are people out there who will suck the life out of your dreams. Dwelling in (and on) the darkness, these predators never see the bright side or the silver living. Little by little, their biting comments slowly bleed you of your hope and optimism (“What makes you so special?” “Oh, the music biz is rigged- you’ll never make it.”). They might look like your friends, but they are dead inside. Avoid these vampires- once their negative, pessimistic attitudes sinks its teeth into you, you start to become one of them.


They are among us, and their number is legion. They shuffle off to their soul-sucking day jobs like a mindless herd. They never dream. They just respond to whatever happens to be in front of them. They stagger back home and sit mindlessly in front of a TV or computer screen for hours feasting upon whatever catches their eye (“lights… sooo… preeetttyy…) It’s easy to turn into a zombie because being a zombie means doing the easy, numb, thoughtless thing. Spend too much of your time with the zombies and you’ll wake up one day to realize you’ve been sleepwalking through life.


If you want songwriting success, you must avoid running with a pack of werewolves. These are folks who only “turn into” songwriters about once a month. The majority of the time, you’d never suspect they have that hidden side. They think they can just go about “normal life” for a few weeks, then suddenly unleash their inner songwriter for a night or two and somehow make a killing in the music business. No, the music biz is not so easily tamed. You can’t just go into beast mode on rare occasions and create a career. You need to run with a pack that is ALWAYS hungry and ALWAYS hunting. Don’t be a werewolf. Be a REAL wolf.

What about you?  What are some songwriting ghouls that you have encountered?  I’d love to hear from you!

Happy HOWLoween!



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5 thoughts on “Boo! Songwriting Vampires, Zombies & Werewolves”

  1. (brent i be;ive you have read about me iv emailed you many times sounds like you have run into the liers that have sucked the hair off my little money i did have befor i paid to sighn in to them on toilet paper you should be able to sue them for every penny they stole from songwritery/singers like my self why dont they help instad of ripp everyone off they should be hung. my songs on reverbnation REAL COUTRY TERRY BALL my grand mother was a baxter in ga.

  2. Let’s not forget the sharks. These are the people who prey on unsuspecting songwriters and artists, promising them the world if they just mortgage their home. You will find them in the vast ocean of any music mecca. Beware! They can eat you alive!

  3. they are everywhere@ the way it looks they would eat the shirt off a dead mans body its awfull no one say im interested in 1 of your songs heres what i,ll pay you no its all devils theives

  4. Love this! Motivating read and fun play with the Halloween spirit. I would say we also need to beware of GHOSTS. The ghosts of past failures, fears, or old beliefs that try to haunt us and keep us from moving forward. We need to confront our ghosts and tell them we aren’t afraid of them. They may have helped shape us into who we are, but they are gone now. It’s only once we lay them to rest we can really start making progress!

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