I believe that to be successful as a songwriter, you have to be very versatile. I have had songs recorded by artists as varied as The Oak Ridge Boys and The Plain White T’s.
But, the area in which I have had the most success is writing my life. When I have written (well) the experiences that have shaped and molded me, I have had success.
In my former life, I was a youth minister. So, I saw the good, bad and ugly of church life. Those experiences creep into my writing often. There is a spiritual thread that runs through much of my writing. In many ways, I process and “work through” that time in my life through my writing. I’ve posted a couple of songs here today that were based on that time in my life. If you’d like to hear them, check them out below. (You don’t have to be a member)
I am a very passionate person, so that part of me runs through my music as well. “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right”, “Let Me Down Easy” and “While You Loved Me” are examples of that side of me.
I believe that your unique life experiences give you the BEST shot at crafting a song that stands out. Nobody has lived YOUR life. So, write it. Don’t try to shine it up or make it sound better than it has been. Just write it. Be raw and real.
Only YOU can write from your perspective, so don’t miss that opportunity. Take the good, bad and ugly of your life and write it in a way that others can relate. If you do that well, you’ve got a shot.
Marty Dodson is a 6-time #1 songwriter and co-founder of SongTown.com
They’ll Kick You Out Of Church For That
Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven