Quick Tip: Titles Are Not Ideas

Quick Tip

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


Titles are words- nothing more. It’s what you do with those words- what you make them mean- that turns a title into an idea. “Monday Morning Church” is not an idea.  It’s just words, and there are a thousand ideas that could go with that title.

“You left my heart as empty as a Monday morning church,” is an idea.

Come up with the best, most interesting titles you can.  Then wrap them in the strongest ideas you can think of.  Don’t just stop at the first angle that hits you.  Don’t be in such a hurry to write a song around some cool words that you don’t write a song with a great idea.

I’d be happy to dig into some of your titles with you to find their strongest ideas and best angles.  As a lyricist, finding strong angles and ideas is what’s led to some of my biggest success.

I’ve made a few coaching sessions available, and it’s our chance to sit down together over the phone or over the web.  We’ll discuss your songwriting goals, dig into a few of your songs to see how we can make them stronger, answer questions, or whatever.

If you’re interested, just click on the image below or go to the “Coaching” tab at manvsrow.com. Thanks!

God Bless,


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One thought on “Quick Tip: Titles Are Not Ideas”

  1. Hi Brent. Yes, titles seem to be important to the Industry. Lately, one word titles seem to be connected to the hits.
    Have a great week and thank you for the tips 🙂
    Wishin’ you continued success.
    Rachel Walker 🙂

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