Over the weekend someone tagged me in a Facebook thread that had over 500 comments debating heatedly over whether or not a lyricist was an actual “songwriter”…
All I can say is who cares?
I don’t mean that in a harsh way. You see, I’ve had over 150 major artists record my songs on 15 million albums sold. 16 Billboard hits. And you know what.. I’ve been on writing sessions where I contributed ONLY lyric. Other times sessions I did ONLY the music. And often BOTH music and lyric. Some days I play an instrument on the session and others I won’t.
Who cares? The song doesn’t care who did what.
Another thread here debated what it means to be a “pro songwriter”… Well, a great song doesn’t care about that either. I’ve heard songs that stop me dead in my tracks written by a writer without a pub deal. And as a pro songwriter, somedays I’ve written some pretty “just okay songs.” What we label ourselves or what we’ve accomplished doesn’t matter when we sit down to write.
SongTown.com has become the #1 online songwriting community in just 3 years with 60,000 song feedback comments… Why? Because SongTown members spend their time on the ONLY thing that really matters. The SONGS. And helping each other write better songs…Not labels or who does what. Because in the end, who cares? It’s all opinion…
But you know what is real and not opinion? THE SONGS.
When a song is written right and moves everyone that hears it to tears, or to dance, or to laugh. That is all that matters. A song doesn’t care how it was written, who wrote it, or if it was created by a pro or a first-timer. I’ve had songs on over 15 million albums sold and a string of hits. If I write a bad song, guess what… nobody wants to sing it or hear it. At least not for a second time!
I’m thankful for the supportive community we have in Songtown and for our members that keep their eye on the ball (song). They are learning to write the best song they can. That’s why we have members signing staff writing deals and artist deals. That’s why our members are having fun just learning to be better writers.
Participation in heated OPINION will rob us all of our ability to create great art. All of you matter. Your songwriting matters.
Write On! ~Clay