Songwriters: Eat The Big Frog First
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by Marty Dodson
19h ago
“If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning.  And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” Mark Twain Author Brian Tracy wrote a book called “Eat That Frog“. He took the idea from the Mark Twain quote posted here. The idea of the book (and the quote) is that most people procrastinate doing the most important things because they are usually the hardest things to do. The most important thing you have to do today becomes your frog. So, if my “to do” list today looks like this: (In order of importance) 1. Spend an hour work ..read more
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Hit Songs Don’t Have To Beg For Attention
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by Marty Dodson
3d ago
Being realistic about your songs… Clay and I talk to people every week who are obsessed with finding a publisher to hear their songs or a song plugger to pitch them. 99.9% of the time, those songs are not ready for a publisher or a song plugger. Why? Because they haven’t yet gained a realistic understanding of how their songs compare to the ones being cranked out by the pros. Great songs don’t have to beg for attention… We find ourselves reminding people over and over that a great song does not have to beg for attention. If you have played your songs for anyone in the industry and they didn’t ..read more
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Co-Writing Songs: Understanding The Roles In The Room
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by Marty Dodson
1w ago
“Understanding your role in the writing room on any given day is key to a songwriter’s success.” 16 time #1 Hit Songwriter Jon Nite gave this advice in a SongTown on Songwriting podcast episode. And I agree 1000%! All successful co-writing begins with learning the roles in the room. As I start writing each day, I’m trying to figure out exactly who I need to be in the room that day in order to come out with the best song we can possibly write. The extent to which I play my role best is usually directly proportional to the quality of the song we create. Here are roles I might play on any gi ..read more
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What’s Your Opening Line? Courting Your Audience With Your Song
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by Clay Mills
1w ago
The opening line… Next to the title or hook of your song, probably the single most important line you need to write is your opening line. Think of your song like a date, and your opening line like a first date with a potential love. You want to say something about yourself. Let your date know what you’re about. You want to sound interesting, BUT you want to leave a little mystery. When a listener hears your song (or goes on a date) for the first time, he or she is thinking, “What is this song/person about?” “Do I want to stick around for the whole song/date? Or do I want to cut it short after ..read more
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Is Songwriting A Dream or A Plan?
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by Marty Dodson
1w ago
In a mentoring session the other day I was helping a young songwriter who felt like she was really floundering around in pursuit of her dream.  She talked about how frustrating it was to tell whether or not she was making progress and how difficult it is to tell what she should be doing differently to get ahead. I told her that 99% of the people I mentor have the same questions.  Since it’s such a common ailment, I have spent a good amount of time applying my psychology degree to figure out why so many people feel this way and how I got out of that mentality earlier in my career. A d ..read more
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Songwriter Karma: The Truth About Giving and Receiving
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by Marty Dodson
1w ago
Karma and song critiques… I occasionally have people come to me and say “I don’t put my songs up in the SongTown forum for critiques by my peers because it seems like so many people there are so ‘green’ and the advice I get is not usually helpful.” What they are actually saying, in a politically correct way, is “I’m so much better than most people there, so they don’t have much to offer me.” My answer is always the same. If you want people who are better than you to take the time to help you, then you need to take the time to help others. The answer to every situation in life is not “How much ..read more
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Why You Shouldn’t Pitch Songs To Publishers
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by Clay Mills
1w ago
Pitching your songs to publishers may not be the best way to break into the music business. Hit Songwriters Marty Dodson and Clay Mills give advice on a better way to interact with publishers and how to present yourself as a songwriter in the music business. SongTown on Songwriting Podcast Powered by Sweetwater.com – The best place for musical gear on the planet! Write better songs faster! Clay & Marty’s 10-day video series will help you level-up your songs and finish them faster. CLICK HERE to begin!  Learn more about SongTown’s Edge Groups : CLICK HERE ..read more
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Can You Teach Songwriting? – With Jud Friedman and Jameel “JProof” Roberts
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by Marty Dodson
2w ago
Songwriters Giving Back – Multi #1 Hit Songwriter Marty Dodson sits down with Jud Friedman an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe nominated songwriter and Jameel “JProof” Roberts a multi-talented platinum-selling producer, songwriter, and composer/arranger to answer the question, can you teach songwriting? SongTown on Songwriting Podcast Powered by Sweetwater.com – The best place for musical gear on the planet! Write better songs faster! Clay & Marty’s 10-day video series will help you level-up your songs and finish them faster. CLICK HERE to begin!  SongTown Pres ..read more
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Empowered Songwriters Vs. Non-Empowered Songwriters
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by Marty Dodson
3w ago
It struck me recently that there are basically two kinds of writers I work with. There are empowered songwriters and non-empowered songwriters. Empowered songwriters write confidently and take chances. They don’t complain about the state of the music business or whine about someone not getting them cuts. They realize that THEY are in charge of the ship they are on. If they are rejected, they learn from it and move on. Empowered writers know that they can always improve their craft and they keep working to get better. Even if they have a publisher and great song pluggers, THEY are instrumental ..read more
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Good News For Songwriters Heading Into 2023?
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by Clay Mills
3w ago
Hit Songwriters Clay Mills and Marty Dodson share some exciting news for songwriters in 2023! Knowing this will help you to know what to focus on in the New Year! Listen now to find out this exciting news and how you can make the most of your 2023! SongTown MasterClass 2023 Now accepting applications. CLICK HERE for details on applying. Limited spots available. SongTown on Songwriting Podcast Powered by Sweetwater.com – The best place for musical gear on the planet! Write better songs faster! Clay & Marty’s 10-day video series will help you level-up your songs and finish th ..read more
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