Ever turn on the radio, get mad and think, “Well, my songs are just as good as THAT! Why aren’t MINE getting cut???”
Raise your hand if you’ve been there. Yep. Me, too. And you might actually be writing songs that are, in fact, just as good as a few of the ones on the radio.
But “just as good” isn’t good enough.
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Unless you’re already one of the cool kids on Music Row with a track record and a strong network, being “just as good” equals “just as good as invisible.” It’s not enough to get you noticed or to get your song on the radio.
If your songs are just as good as a pro’s, expect the pro writer to get the cut.
After all, the pro has paid his (or her) dues, written a lot of really good songs, has industry contacts and might be writing with the artist or producer. If anyone’s going to get their mediocre song recorded, it’s them, not you. It might not seem fair, but a songwriter in that position has earned it.
Your songs have to be better. Period.
Not only do your songs have to cut through all the clutter of “bad” songs, they have to leapfrog all the “good” songs and be so good they land in the stack of “great” songs.
Sure, vanilla songs will get cut, but yours probably won’t. As an outside songwriter (one without strong industry connections), you’re up against songwriters who DO have those connections. Basically, your song has to be so good or so right for the artist that they pick yours INSTEAD of their buddy’s (or even their own song).
Write songs so good they can’t be ignored.
So… how do you actually do that? The shortest answer is just to “dig deeper.” (Have you ever heard that in a song meeting? I have. And it used to drive me NUTS.)
Thankfully, I don’t hear that these days. Why? Well… I’ve learned to DIG DEEPER!
I’m a lyricist, so I’ve found my advantage in finding and developing ideas. Find an interesting title. Then find a compelling, fresh angle to that idea. Then develop the idea into something that makes sense commercially. Then finish strong. Sounds simple. But it takes hard work and dedication to the craft of songwriting.
However, becoming known for consistently bringing in strong ideas – and knowing what to do with them – will help you attract great cowriters and maybe even land some great cuts.
I want to help you find, develop & finish great song ideas.
A great idea is one of the best ways to get other songwriters to not only notice you, but to tell their friends about you. If you can make another songwriter say, “I wish I’d thought of that!” they’ll remember you. And if they remember you, it’ll speed up your success in the music biz.
I want you to be memorable.
If YOU want you and your songs to be memorable (in a good way), I have an awesome opportunity for you.
In the month of January, I’m hosting a transformative online songwriting event called, “Building A Hit: From Blank Page To Finished Lyric.” In this powerful 4-week online workshop, I reveal:
How to find great song ideas. Kill writers block and fill up that blank page again and again.
How to focus your ideas for maximum impact. Don’t waste any more great ideas by leaving them under-developed or confusing.
How to frame your ideas for maximum commercial appeal. Having a great, compelling idea isn’t enough. You have to build your song in a way that an artist will want to sing it and an audience will want to hear it.
How to finish your song. Stop leaving your best ideas unfinished! Nobody loves a song they never hear, and a song that’s only 99% finished will never get recorded, get on the radio, or change your life.
If you want to join me on a journey that will help you think and write like a pro songwriter, click on the link below. Spots are limited for this event, and I only host it twice a year. Miss out, and it’s gone for another 6 months. Don’t delay. Transform your songwriting today..
God Bless and Enjoy the Journey,
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, a #1 in Canada & a top 10 in Texas… so far.