The Six Pillars of TV/Sync Music

The Six Pillars of TV/Sync Music   Music Supervisor Randall Foster of publishing powerhouse Ole Music stopped by the SongTown.com studios to share his knowledge in the world of sync music. Randall is an expert at getting songs placed in major motion pictures, commercials and TV. Here's an sample of some of the "inside track" things...

3 Questions To Ask Yourself To See If You Have A Unique Song Idea

    Have I heard this song idea before? Sometimes I search for my title on ASCAP and BMI's web sites. If there aren't many songs by that title, I know I have a good shot at writing something unique. Why should someone care about this title? What is the power in this idea? Will it make the listener laugh, cry, dance, etc? If not,...

6 Mistakes That Can KILL Your Song Demo

  So, you’ve written a great song and you want to record an amazing demo to present it to the world. Here are things I have learned in a 20 year career and more than 6,000 demos: 1) Telling the band what to play. Let the band and the engineer be creative. A HUGE mistake I see people making in the studio...

Songwriter Syndrome Checklist: How Big Is Your Ego?

Songwriter Syndrome Checklist By: Marty Dodson   It seems like so many songwriters have egos that are out of whack in one direction or the other. Run through this list every now and then to make sure you are staying centered. 1) The "nobody will like me" syndrome. So many writers I meet are...

Songwriting From My Other Self

Writing From My Other Self Here are some ideas for writing from your other self. Use these exercises to stretch your writing boundaries. 1) Write songs from the point of view of the opposite gender from time to time. Trying to write something that feels honest and real for a woman to say is challenging for me.  I think most of us THINK...

Free Sunscreen and Soda Does NOT Equal Free Music!

Free Sunscreen and Soda Does NOT Equal Free Music! By: Marty Dodson   This past week, I took several of my kids to an amusement park that advertised "Free Soda and Sunscreen". Throughout the park , they had "Pepsi Refresh" stations and sunscreen stations. It was a very nice perk and saved me a good bit of...