It’s Impossible: More Songwriting Myth Busting

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I don’t know how many times each week I hear the words “It’s impossible”. The ridiculous part of it all is that the things they are saying are “impossible” are not impossible at all. Well, let’s just do a little songwriting myth busting!

“It’s impossible to get a song cut if you don’t live in Nashville, New York or LA.” 

False. Lance Sims, a Songtown member, lives in Washington State and got a cut on an artist on a major label that I wrote WITH and still didn’t get a cut on. Therefore, it’s HARD, but far from impossible.

Let’s do some more songwriting myth busting! “It’s impossible to get a song cut unless you write it with the artist.”

False. I’ve had six #1 songs. One was written with the artist. Out of 10 top forty hits, 2 were written with the artist. Out of more than 90 cuts, less than 5 were written with the artist. So, writing a great song often trumps writing with the artist.

“It’s impossible to get a cut if you are over XX years old.” 

False. My friend Bill Anderson is in his late 70’s and is still writing great songs and getting cuts. People don’t care how old you are if you write a HIT song. How’s that for songwriting myth busting!

“It’s impossible to make money in the music business anymore.”

False. I wrote for a company that is returning more than 30% per year on their investor’s money – in the music business.

Is it HARDER now to make money? Yes. Do you have to be creative now to make money? Yep. Impossible? No. Is it hard to succeed in the music business? Yes. It’s hard to succeed in ANY business. Especially in a NEW business that you’ve never worked in before. Don’t listen to the naysayers. Those voices will only discourage you. Instead, chart out what you want to achieve. And make a plan. Work hard and work smart. And you might just achieve the “impossible.”

Write on! MD

Marty Dodson - pro songwriter/instructor - SongTown

Marty Dodson is a multi-hit songwriter, co-founder of SongTown, and co-author of  The Songwriter’s Guide To Mastering Cowriting and Song Building: Mastering Lyric Writing

15 thoughts on “It’s Impossible: More Songwriting Myth Busting

  1. It goes back to the old saying, “whether you think you can or you think you can’t…you are right!” I lived it in the car business where I started my job as a salesperson with $15 in my pocket. Long story, but our family just sold our new and used car dealership in Vermont that we owned and operated for over 36 years and never had a losing month. I literally watched hundreds of people come in and out of our industry. When asked why they were leaving many told me that, “you can’t make any money in the car business.” Hmmm. IMHO…it comes down to how badly we want success in any endeavor that we choose and what are we willing to do to achieve it, in addition to persistence and a don’t give up attitude.

  2. Aussie artist Benn Gunn and I have never met in person…we live thousands of miles apart and write on Skype. He’s released on of my songs as a single and is recording another we wrote together right now which will be his next single.

    I have an artist I co-write with in Nashville on Skype and other co-writers in the US.

    The internet gives you access to people all over the world. You just have to be willing to put in the work to build those relationships online.

    And I got my first #1 song at the age of 50 after years of hard work. I know other Songtown members who’ve probably worked harder and are about to see some huge success.

    It’s not easy but definitely not impossible.

  3. I found a music group called, Carolina Reign. The music is great and the vocals are amazing 😉. I think they would be a better band if they had professional songs written material lyrical content. So as they come to Nashville in September as a nomination for best new Southern Rock Band . I’m hopeful to have contact with them . But I am more hopeful that Music publishing company’s take an interest in Carolina Reign.

  4. Thank you for your words of encouragement!!
    It’s exactly what I needed to hear today.
    Bless!!! ??❤

  5. Lance Sims also had a number 1 hit in the Australian country charts without ever coming over here. And it was a very male song about trucks with a couple of language uses that we don’t use in Australia.

    Impossible…but he did it. It helped that it was a really great song.

  6. When you want to make it out there you do everything possible. A business dosent start with you you have to start with the business….david jason/original b

  7. Thanks Marty, I totally agree with all that you shared! All things are possible is one of my daily affirmations! Bless you in all that you do,


  8. So. What’s the “how”, if you live remotely from where the business happens? I know it’s now technically easier than ever before to move music and lyrics around the world, but unless you’re in a place where you can initially network with other writers, A&R, etc, just how do you get a toe into the business?

    I have a song that would suit one particular artist perfectly, fits his recent work, even has a promo angle. I wrote to his representation and… You got it – not even a thank you, but note email.

    1. Paul, our SongTown members co-write from all over the world and net-work via the computer. We have pro publishers available in LA and Nashville to play songs for. Not necessary to live in a music a if you are part of this community. One of our Boston members just signed a publishing deal in Nashville without moving. Expecting a return email from someone who does not know you is not realistic. But making connections through our community will make it easier.

      Cheers, Clay

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