Sometimes, in the music business, we find ourselves wondering whether we're creating something that has a market, or feeling pressure to create something that doesn't feel authentic, for the sake of a bigger market, or just feeling the dreaded "imposter syndrome" because we observe another artist enjoying a level of success that we feel is… Continue reading Pass The Popcorn, Please
It’s easy to know when you have written a song – it has a beginning, middle and end. But then you begin the process of re-writing, improving every line until you have a masterpiece. So, when do you call it “done”? What Does “Unfinished” Look Like? Some simple questions to consider: Do you stand behind… Continue reading How Do I Know When My Song is Finished?
On stage and in the studio, everybody has a job to do, and you can be your best when you consider how your part supports the bigger picture. In musical arrangement, the contribution of each performer will satisfy one or more of the following: establishing or supporting the groove/rhythm establishing or supporting a counter-rhythm establishing… Continue reading Calling All Harmony Singers
Tom Jackson (onstagesuccess.com) has developed a career as a Live Music Producer. What does that mean? It means that his interest is in helping performers produce a remarkable live show. If you get a chance to see Tom speak, or to check out some of his video, don't pass on the opportunity. He has a host… Continue reading Control the Focus
Time for a little venting. Even if you're Canadian, don't ever say "sorry" to your audience. Don't qualify your performance by explaining that your song is too new for a great performance, or that you haven't had time to learn your friend's favourite song properly. If you're going to step up on stage and perform,… Continue reading No Apologies
Sometimes, there's a danger inherent with allowing the people around you to know that you are a songwriter. People who do not write songs are usually quite helpless to understand the mysterious process that allows us to create music from nothingness. And that helplessness usually leads to some very entertaining suggestions. We Are Social Creatures… Continue reading There’s Gotta Be a Song In That…
Every time we step on the stage to perform, or go “live” on social media with a performance or some other type of appearance, it’s incredibly similar to a job interview. Think about it. The job interview is designed not merely to share information about your education and your experience, but really to give the… Continue reading Next…
I once heard a songwriter friend of mine say that, before he would call a song “finished”, he would ask his teenaged daughter to tell him the title of the song. It was a test of how effectively he had chosen to spotlight the central message of his song, and there were times when she… Continue reading What is my Song Title? A Songwriter’s Litmus Test
In songwriting, as in life, it’s always a good idea to listen when opportunity knocks at the door. And when we’re considering the first thing a listener will probably hear about your song, and the key by which they will ultimately file it in their memory, there’s a huge opportunity to consider. That’s right, I’m… Continue reading The Song Title – More Than Just a Label
(To read this series from the beginning, start here.) If you’ve followed this series from the start – WOW, you are hungry for information, and you have also proven your strength by sticking with me through the whole story! We’re nearing the finish line. Take a deep breath and we’ll get there together. It’s time now… Continue reading “Every Time I Record Myself, It Sounds Terrible.” Part Nine – Speak Up!