by Marty Dodson
Feb 5, 2019
The heart of SongTown is helping you write YOUR best song. At the end of the day, that’s all any mentor or guide can do for you. I can connect you with many of the top people in the business, but if you don’t have a GREAT song, it’s not going to help you. If you write YOUR best song, then you’ll have the best chance of success possible with your music. That’s why we continually encourage every songwriter in SongTown to buy into the idea that the single answer to any frustration you are having or have ever had in regard to your music is…
“Write a better song.”Do you play your songs at a writer’s night and get blank stares from the audience? You need to write a better song. Do you play your songs for publishers and get rejected almost every time? Write a better song. Do you pitch your songs all over the place and never hear back? Writing better songs will change all of that. The list goes on and on.
Learning to write a better song is the only chance we have when things aren’t going our way as songwriters.And, writing YOUR best song is literally the best you can do as a writer. I encourage each writer I work with to stop comparing their songs or their progress to anyone else and just work at continuing to get better as compared to their own work.
If you are writing better songs than you were six months ago, you’re moving in the right direction.If you’re not, then you need a mentor or guide to help you figure out why they aren’t getting better. There’s no shame in not being where you want to be or in falling short as a writer. Only in being content to stay there. Everyone can improve if they are teachable and they work hard. If you haven’t written your best song yet, join the club! I haven’t either (I hope)! Join the club and lets challenge each other to keep working until we have written ALL of the great songs we have inside us! Write on! Write on! ~MD
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