5 Ways To NOT Get Invited Back For A 2nd Co-Write!

5 Ways To NOT Get A 2nd Co-Write! By: Marty Dodson     1) Spend the whole write complaining about the state of the music business, your lack of cuts, no one 'getting' your music, etc. You know the drill. This will run off co-writers faster than showing up with the flu. ...

Co-writing: Everyone Brings Something To The Party

Everybody Brings Something By: Marty Dodson I like to think of a co-write as a potluck dinner where everybody brings their specialty. MaybeåÊMitch Emmons / SongwriteråÊbrings Wickles Pickles from Auburn.åÊThe RenfreesåÊbring some Houston barbecue. Clay Mills mixes up some of his famous margaritas and I bring my buffalo shrimp dip. We put it all together and come out with...

Deciding What To Write

Deciding What To Write   One of the questions I get frequently is "How do you decide what to write?" So, I thought I'd take you through my process. Generally, my co-writer and I start talking as soon as they walk into the room. We'll just talk about what's been going on with...

Aint No Way Around It

Ain't No Way Around It   Every now and then people come up to me or to Clay with something like the statement "I could have lots of hits too if I got to get in the room with all of those artists." It seems to be a popular belief that...

My 3 Favorite Song Forms

My 3 Favorite Song Forms- From the Desk of Pro Songwriter Marty Dodson   There are many different song "forms" that writers use. I have three that I lean on more than others. Obviously, the forms with a big chorus are more "commercial" and radio friendly, but there are times when the song just needs another form...