How many times
have you re-written this song
If this is the first or second re-write then you
probably need to reach deep down inside to see if
you can improve the song and make it stronger.
Be honest with yourself and if anything bothers you,
it probably needs changed.
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Any weakness in a song has to
be recognized and made
stronger before you start
I used to think publishers and/or artist listening
to my song would appreciate what a great idea I have
and they will overlook the weak second verse or
disconnected bridge, but this is just not the case.
Almost any songwriter will tell you
the hardest part is getting
the song recorded
not writing it. Your song has to be great enough to take the artist to
another career level to
get your songs recorded anymore. First you have to
pitch the absolute best song you have and it has to
be the strongest it can possibly be. You may only
get one opportunity to pitch your song to an artist
or publisher in several years of trying, so you want
the song to be right when you finally get that one
shot with it.
One of the most difficult
things I have had to deal with in songwriting is to
throw away a verse or chorus that's OK to a stronger
verse or chorus that may get the song recorded. It
took years of rejection from publishers and music
attorneys for me to admit my songs were just not
ready yet. They needed more work, and lots of it.
That is another reason to pick one song and make it
great, not twelve or a hundred OK songs, just one
great strong song with an original unique twist and
a well crafted melody and lyrics.
I was always so relieved
after finishing a song and considering making a demo
of that song. The last thing I wanted to hear from a
publisher was "you
need to throw the second verse and bridge away
and re-write them from scratch. But sometimes this
is necessary to make the song stronger.
I encourage you to
submit your song to others for their feedback.
It will cost you a few dollars, but you might get a
pattern in the feedback that will
help you make the song
A good song critique and
evaluation may not tell the songwriters what they may want to
hear about their songs, but it should tell them what it
needs to compete in today's very competitive
though we can analyze factors that hit songs
have had in common, we still really can't
predict a hit song. I don't think a song is ever
finished until its recorded. I find myself
re-writing songs even after I've demo'd them. I don't recommend this as it
will cost you extra money to do the demos again, but
it is important to have the song as strong as
possible if you want to get it cut by a major
You have to learn to accept constructive criticism
on your songs. It's tough because we all think our
creations are great, but the fact is they probably
are not unless you have some professional feedback
on improving your song and you have been willing to
re-write and re-write to make the song as strong as
possible. Look at feedback as one more step getting
you closer to what you want, a cover on your song by
a major artist.
You need professional feedback to make
your song strong enough for today's songwriter market.
Song Evaluations &
Roy John Fuller a BMI songwriter has had
several Top 10 Billboard Pick Hits
starting with "Angel In Disguise"
(1975 Nashville Columbia Studio B), "Your
Nashville Columbia Studio B), "The
Image of Me"
(1978 Nashville RCA Studios), "Giving
Up Getting Over You"
(1979 Nashville Tandem Studios),
"The First Time"
(1981 Nashville Woodland Studios),
(1981 Nashville Woodland Recording
Shoe's On Another's Foot"
(1981 Nashville Woodland Recording
Studios). He has Pick Hits
and write up's in
Nashville Entertainer, Songwriter Magazine
and other music industry publications.
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