Sunday, October 4, 2015

What Are You Writing For?

In working with Christian songwriters, we sometimes see some confusion about the kinds of songs they write, and the uses for them. We all hear about publishing, co-writing, royalties, commercial songs vs. artistic songs, etc.

It’s hard to know which way to write to please the powers that be in the music business. But the good news is we really don’t have to, and here’s why.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

What if Nobody Ever Hears My Songs?

“Every man, and for stronger reasons, every artist, wants to be recognized. So do I.” - Albert Camus 

When I was a young songwriter, long before I became a full time producer, I used to really worry that if I died no one would have ever really heard my songs. Oh sure, my family and friends knew I was a songwriter, but I fretted hard about the world not knowing my work even existed!

At that point I had probably written 400 or so songs since I was in high school. I was raising a young family, and working full time at a corporate job. But as always in my life, I was writing songs like crazy.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Writing Real

"Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.” - John Keats

Recently an artist told me they had written a song in order to really speak to someone about Jesus. They wanted to relate to this person on a deep level about exactly what the person was going through. So they had written a song just for that person.

Then they played me the song. It was a fairly generic song about the love of Jesus. Now, there was no problem with the song technically, but it certainly wasn't about the issues they said the person was going through. It was just a song with similar Christian diatribes as other general Christian pop songs.

Another time, an artist came to see us and I asked them what made them different with their music. They proceeded to tell me how they write really different Christian songs, with unusual chord patterns and lyrics that go deep. There was nothing wrong with what they showed me, but the songs were neither unusual in chords, nor deep in lyrical content.

So what is the problem here?

Sunday, April 12, 2015

3 Real Steps for Christian Songwriters

“We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality.”Iris Murdoch

So, you've written a Christian song, or many songs. You think they are pretty good. Others think they are good too. Now what do you do?

You've heard about songs getting published, how does that happen?

You've heard about people getting signed to publishing “deals”, and becoming a “staff writer”. What does this mean?

What are the real options to you, wherever you might be, to get something happening with your songs?

Monday, February 9, 2015

Just Write!

So what's my best suggestion for developing (or old pro) songwriters who want to know the secrets of songwriting?

Write more! Write often! Write now!

We may want to say we have writer's block, or don't have time, or don't feel "moved" to write.

But there's a sure fire way to get things percolating if you really, really want to...just write!

I know it seems silly, but the best cure for not writing is to - you got it - write.

How do you do it?

Here's some surefire ways that help me when I'm feeling blocked or not in the mood.

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