I’ve felt it. Maybe you have, too. It’s that rush of nerves and adrenaline as you sit across from a publisher, producer, or A&R rep as they listen to your song.
You’re on the edge of your seat with each line of your song, trying to read every little expression on their face for some clue of what might be coming next. “The bridge!” you think, “If you just listen through the bridge, you’re gonna love it!”
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Then the song ends… or they hit “stop.” Moment of truth. Do they love it? Do they hate it? Are you about to be discovered as a songwriter? Is your life about to change?
It’s awesome if you get discovered. What what if you don’t?
It’s frustrating. I know it is. (There’s a long list of publishers who didn’t “discover” me before “Monday Morning Church” went top 5.) It’s easy to think of those meetings as missed opportunities. But they aren’t. There’s a hidden opportunity every time you play a song for a pro- even if they pass on it.
Don’t miss the opportunities that come with disappointments.
You have the opportunity to close your ears and your mind to anything the pro says.
You’re free to assume that just because they don’t love your song, they obviously don’t know what they’re talking about. You also have the opportunity to become bitter, blaming your lack of success on “politics” or “tone deaf music executives.” Obviously, I don’t recommend you take either of these opportunities.
You have the opportunity to learn where the songwriting bar is set.
You thought your song was there, but now you know you have to elevate your craft. Just knowing you have to get better is a HUGE gift. Don’t miss it.
You have the opportunity to display professionalism.
Don’t turn “I don’t love your song” into “I’m never meeting with you again.” Don’t get angry or defensive or try to talk the pro into liking your song. They’ll just end up disliking your song AND you. Instead, be courteous, respectful, and thankful. Accept any feedback with grace and humility. That will go a long way towards making you likable. And if the pro likes you, you have a better chance of getting another meeting.
You have the opportunity to learn and get better.
Too many songwriters are so focused on getting discovered that they miss the chance to get better. It’s a mistake to tune out once you realize the pro doesn’t love your song. Sometimes, they’ll give you little reasons why they’re passing on your song. Or they’ll tell you something they like about it. Or maybe, they’ll go in depth with their feedback.
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God Bless and Enjoy the Journey,
Brent 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.