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So You Want To Be A Songwriter?

February 24, 2021

Today’s advice.


So you want to be a songwriter? I have given this refrain to hundreds of people throughout the years; it is my opening line to would-be songwriters everywhere.

Song writing is an art but it is also a craft and that implies patience and practice. Those are two qualities that are often lacking in new songwriters. This business is a bitch and impatience and a lack of fine tuning your craft can only lead to disappointment. Goals need to be defined early on and they need to be realistic. Nobody and I mean nobody  ever sat down and wrote their very first song to see it become an immediate hit.

If you are serious about songwriting, I have a few suggestions:

1. Write from the heart. Don’t let someone else’s idea of what’s important to say superimpose itself on your own voice. Be your own person with your own person…

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  1. This sure reminded of when I aspired to be a songwriter. I studied music theory and composition in college and worked at it until I had to make a better living. I tell myself I could’ve been great, but I guess I just wasn’t good enough. 🙂

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    • It takes talent, perseverance and most important of all, luck! I was lucky enough to make a great living for many years as a songwriter and producer but it was a hard life. See my book, “Hey, Mister Publisher” for a full account of the 1970s music scene.

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