Thursday, November 14, 2013
When a song becomes a hit - which is to say that it's "a favorite, a song I like a lot and if it came on radio, I'd turn it up" - it no longer belongs to the writer.
Now, it's owned by the listener, each one of whom has her own personal meaning to its message and story.
I don't watch music videos for that reason.
They make the meaning of songs too literal, changing the perspective from the one inside my head to someone else's and it's almost always "less" than it was when I first heard it, projecting my own personal video on the screen inside my imagination.
Radio's power comes from intimacy and theater of the mind.
The best music takes full advantage of that. It is the basis of the art great songwriters practice better than anyone.
That is why all of the music business - including radio - needs a song writers chart.
There's a lot to learn from those folks who rank at the top.
They possess a list with a lot of secrets worth studying.
A great performance by a sensational artist of an average song simply won't perform as well as an average singer doing a mediocre version of a simply terrific song.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
If you talk on the radio, it's very tempting to interview song writers, relate and listen to their stories and try to educate the listeners who love the songs about this side of the music business they know and care very little about.
My experience, based on PPM usage data and well as longer term diary ratings: listeners tune out when the content turns to things and people which don't relate to their interests.
We're not in the education business. We're in the entertainment biz.
go to Wikipedia.
Certainly, there is no topic or person that a great communicator can't present in an interesting and relatable way, but counting down the top 60 song writers on the air would be too much inside baseball for most of us.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
I have to admit that I thought he would succumb to the typical talented songwriter-singer tendency to release only songs he wrote himself.
“A Woman Like You” Hit #1 last week, thanks to the fact that Brice knows a big hit when he hears one, no matter who wrote it.
Congrats, Lee (and Johnny)!
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Open that drawer, dig it out and click here.
Give a listen to last year's country winner:
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual song contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. ISC is designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels and promote excellence in the art of songwriting. Amateur and professional songwriters and musicians are invited to participate. ISC has the most prestigious panel of judges of all the songwriting and music contests in the world, offering exposure and the opportunity to have your songs heard by the most influential decision-makers in the music industry.
Friday, June 05, 2009
“Our friends in Rascal Flatts and the amazing Jeffrey Steele are expressing their support for the advocacy work NSAI does on behalf of songwriters and the music industry,” said NSAI Executive Director Barton Herbison. “Rascal Flatts and Jeffrey have been longtime supporters of both NSAI and intellectual property rights. They illustrate the fact that ‘creators’ are the ones changing the laws through NSAI.”
If you ever have someone from your local area express interest in going to Music City in hopes of getting into the business, NSAI is a great place to test the waters and learn what it takes. You don't have to live in Nashville to belong or attend their events.
Saturday, March 07, 2009
"So what is a melody for? I used to think of a melody as a kind of serving tray for the lyrics and the story within the song.... Melody is its own idea, like sculpture. You don’t look at a piece of sculpture to see what is resting on top of it. A great melody has its own design, a beautiful combination of intervals and rhythms usually expressing the emotion of the song. Somehow a melody is connected, like the sense of smell, to memory, so when you hear a song it connects you in a flood of emotions to the time and place of that song. I am sure there are reasons in the brain for this, but as a songwriter I don’t need to know how the brain does it, only that it does."