It’s Never Too Late When It Comes To Your Songwriting Dreams



I believe that it’s never too late to be what you might have been. I was in my mid thirties when I started trying to write professionally. A friend of mine just landed a starring role (Her first) in a movie with some HUGE actors at age 49. I know someone entering medical school at age 52.

Age is just a number.

It doesn’t have to limit you or hold you back. Does it sometimes present obstacles? Yes. But, I have never known of any of those obstacles to be fatal.

You are not likely to become a recording artist in your 40’s or later. But it could happen! And, who says you can’t write a hit song in your 50’s or 60′? My friend Bill Anderson has been writing for a long time, but he is still having hits in his 70’s.

If you have a dream and you’ve started late, don’t give up.

Your success is probably limited more by your own doubts than it is by the number that follows your name.

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t reach your goals or capture your dreams. Prove the skeptics wrong. Do what they say can’t be done. Break new ground. Somebody will do it. It might as well be you.

At the end of the day, no one cares how old the man or woman is who wrote Katy Perry’s latest hit. They are listening for a great song.

So, forget about your age.

Be it “too young” or “too old”, just write great songs. Refuse to be defined by your age. You are only as old or as young as you choose to be.

Forget the number and write on.


Marty Dodson is a multi #1 songwriter and co-founder of SongTown USA

12 thoughts on “It’s Never Too Late When It Comes To Your Songwriting Dreams

  1. Thank u for the advice. I am a struggling freelance lyrical writer for 21 years. I am in my late 30s. Every time I write lyrics and recite them I don’t get good results from the audience because of my age but I feel like I have something to say. I wanna be an entrepreneur off of my lyrics but I admit I have doubts at times and sometimes feel like I have wasted two decades of my life. I have a family now but my entrepreneur dreams stop me from sleeping at night a lot of times and I know I have a family to feed but I feel like I’m in an awkward situation because the every day jobs I work or have worked at it’s a struggle but I am a great lyrical writer in my opinion. So I appreciate this advice more than you know which means I will carry on struggling and striving because this is what GOD put in my heart.

  2. I always say, “If you’ll use age as an excuse, then you’ll use anything as an excuse.” And that’s all it is.

    You have a brain . Use it. I want to do exciting, interesting things in life. I’m not curling up and waiting to die. So who cares? I don’t.

    Now, if you’ll pardon me, I have a song to write. It popped into my head last night and will not leave me alone!

  3. ‘You are not likely to become a recording artist at age 40 or over, but it COULD happen’

    Thanks, brilliant encouraging advice. Cheers

  4. It’s hard because arthritis and chronic pain are difficult adversaries. I have continued to try… I keep an old analog cassette player/recorder near my bed and sing into it when a phrase or other idea comes to me. I write down titles. I try to make the titles interesting.
    I try to be chromatic or not limited by the scale when I’m singing. I try to relax and lay aside extra critical thinking… What some people might call the inner “editor” or “critic”.
    The best music over time isn’t necessarily advantgard. Billy Joel spoke about this.
    Today I personally feel that the “lines” or bar phrases are too short. I think the verse on Your Song by Taupin/John is like 21 bars without any significant repetition. Now songs are broken into very short bar phrases.
    I won’t write something I can’t listen to and respect as art.

  5. So glad i read this post and the comments too. Really encouraged me to press on and write as i feel and not try to make it fit with whats current. Iv never been gd at following the crowd anyway thankfully. Jus wish i could find a way to move forward. Gd luck to all you budding songwriters xx

  6. Thinking how this not only applies to me as a 41 year old (busy pastor of pretty large church who is very fulfilled in life, but has never quit writing songs on the side & been able to shake that dream) but also to my 14 year old daughter who’s already kicking my butt in songwriting & how I need to really really take her seriously. Great great advice sir.

  7. I so needed to read this. I have been trying out some of my songs at an open mic night where my silver hair sticks out like a sore thumb amongst the much younger players who probably don’t know what a cassette tape is. This gave me some much needed encouragement. Thank you!

  8. “You get old, you get wise, you get great big baggy eyes” (-John Kruth) You’re so right, I ain’t gonna quit. Right now I’m working with a lot of younger writers. They are always amazed at how many different styles of music I work in. I tell them, don’t worry about style. That’s just fashion. Write the song the way it needs to get written. If you try to follow the market you’re always going to be copying something that just got popular, and by the time your version of it gets heard, it will be all used up. Make something new to replace what’s popular now. It’s just like getting old… you have to stay comfortable in your skin, and you have to move forward.

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