I’ve been hearing some buzz around Music Row, so I thought I’d share. Here are also some general lessons I’ve learned from my time as a pro songwriter.
Songwriters are now getting publishing deals based on desire alone!
That’s right. It doesn’t matter how hard you work or how good your songs are. All that matters is how much you use the word “hustle” on social media.
Radio wants ballads, ballads, ballads!
They’ve decided that it’s not important to keep listeners around between the car dealership commercials. They’ve decided to play the longest, slowest, most confusing ballads they can find for the 12 people that want to hear them.
It’s easy to get a hit!
It’s not ultra competitive. There’s aren’t thousands of songs competing for each spot on a record, much less the few spots on radio. You aren’t up against people who have spent years honing their craft- or whose house payment depends on it. You can probably just wing it and be just fine.
You can’t do it!
Yep. The music business is full. No more room. Everyone who will EVER be successful is already “in ‘da club.” Nobody else will EVER go from unknown, unpublished songwriter to hit songwriter. Never again. Not ever. So give up.
What about you? What news do YOU have to share? I’d love to read your comments!
God Bless and Enjoy the Journey,
Brent Baxter is a hit songwriter with cuts by polka luminaries such as Harry Larry and the Flying Hungarians, Seymour Butts and Under The Bleachers, and more. He’s written a top 40 hit in the Netherlands and a #1 in Zimbabwe… so far.