Whether you are trying to write songs for the commercial market or are just writing songs for your own pleasure, here are some things that I think make a song “better.”
Several year ago, my publisher asked me to attend a song camp in Sweden. I love to travel, but Sweden is a long way from the comfortable confines of Nashville.
Every now and then, in the crazy, competitive world in which I live, I have to remind myself WHY I write.
On September 11th, 2001, I was in our publishing company office writing. I had brought my only decent guitar — a Taylor 310 that sounded AMAZING and that I cared for like one of my children...
One of the first things I did when I began to seriously pursue a career in writing was to attend NSAI's Song Camp. It was an eye opening experience in every way.
1) There is no substitute for a GREAT song. A great sounding demo and lots of connections won't help you get a weak song cut.
When Clay, Danny and I do mentoring sessions, we always try to come up with an individualized "plan" to help the writer get to the next level, whatever that might be.