If you saw the page I wrote in January on when they "Groove", you heard my appeal to writers to lock groove write"lay there", due to . (Mostly because I am sent a huge amount of Country, and Country demos often simple chording.)
Just to show you how the Universe teaches me, at the ASCAP yearly meeting I was talking with another "working member" about styles of music, and what we each do. (You know that typical annual meeting chat when you meet someone.)
Her name is Jane (honest), and she works mostly with young hip-hop/trip-hop rap writers. She was complaining because all she ever heard was groove... no original subjects, no great lyrics, no form or loveable style.... just groove, groove, groove.
You see??? We ALL tend to get
stuck. We just have to look in a "rounder" way, and go
through the same list of criteria as anyone wanting a GREAT work
Just as a note. The tapes I have been getting lately are all fairly good. They are nicely produced, some have moments of genius. However... I only sign what I LOVE. If your tape has been listened to, and not signed, don't take it personally. It might have been a wonderful song, but just one I could not place. (Or it might have needed a re-write.) Or maybe, I just didn't love it. At least you are sending and trying. Keep watching the calls listed here, and send only your most targeted, special things as called for. I am on your side!
Please join me for Song Review
at the Songwriter's Guild in Hollywood on Wed., Feb 17, at 7 pm,
"Ask A Pro" event. Call them in Hollywood, or check our Affiliations page. These events are about the only place I have time to critique songs in styles that I am not currently looking for. Take advantage of them, if you can.
Also, those of you earning or about to earn Royalties, learn how to protect your future and how PRO's work to collect your performance royalties. The educational AACO hosts GEMA on Feb. 22, in Beverly Hills. See Affiliations page for link.
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