Clay and I are continually preaching the craft of songwriting—that learning to write great songs is THE key to success for all songwriting goals. Whether your goal is to write better for your own enjoyment or succeed in the music business, this is the essence of everything we do here at SongTown.
Last year, I was at a writing retreat with 5 other pro writers and a Sony Recording Artist. On the way back home from Florida, people were playing demos from some of the writers in the van. As the songs played, the names of the writers popped up on the GPS screen in front. As one particularly good song played, I noticed that the song was co-written with “M. Haller”. The only M. Haller I know is Songtown’s own Mary Haller. I asked if she was the co-writer and that answer was YES! The pro writer went on to say how great Mary is and that he loves writing with her. He said “She brings everything to the table to compliment what I do”.
Mary has taken many of our classes and has attended our writing retreats. I’ve seen Mary improve rapidly in her writing. She has taken all of the things she has learned to heart and is writing awesome, contemporary, competitive songs. But, the real reason Mary is doing so well is that she has tried to learn everything she can about songwriting and THEN she has worked tirelessly to make things happen for her music. Mary has done the heavy lifting and made things happen for herself. Those two things in combination (Great songs and hard work) are the best way to succeed in the music business.
We are so proud of Mary and all she has accomplished! If you are trying to succeed commercially with your songwriting, we would encourage you to spend the bulk of your time and effort learning to write better songs FIRST. Then, go start to build your network of publishers and other industry professionals.
If you don’t know where to start, you can find lots of valuable resources on the SongTown website. You could also take the 3-week Co-Writing CrashCourse that’s going to be starting in a few weeks. We will be teaching the fine art of co-writing which has been the biggest single thing I’ve learned in my songwriting career. You’ll learn how to find the perfect co-writer that compliments what YOU do and you’ll explore several different ways to elevate your songwriting game through co-writing.
Write On! ~MD
Marty Dodson Co-Founder Songtown Songwriter/Publisher/Believer In The Basics