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3 Ways to Tell If Your Song is Just 'Too Smart'

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There are exceptions, of course, but there are very few hit songs that are too smart for their own good. What do I mean by that? Well, I mean too smart for the average listener. Unless you're going for a specific crowd – political songs, college coffee house songs, songs written to display an intimate knowledge of the nuances of music theory, etc. — music that's "too smart" is probably not going to be broadly popular.

Songwriting, Honing Your Craft

Dec 20, 2017 06:00 AM

Chelsea Ira

4 Music Theory Techniques to Help You Write a Great Chorus

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Why It'll Probably Take You 7 Years to Break in Nashville

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Thousands come to Nashville every year with the hopes of making it big in a couple months. More often than not, they go home disappointed – not necessarily because they aren't talented, but because their expectations were completely out of proportion.

In my years here, I've heard repeatedly that Nashville is a “seven-year town,” and from what I've seen in my career, and that of others, the reality bears this out. In this article, I'll delve into why that's the case and what you might be able to expect.

3 Ways to Get Your Song Heard and Cut by an Artist

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Back before the advent of downloads, the music business was a different place. It didn't take much to get your song heard, at least in Nashville. Getting a song cut – particularly a single – was a lot harder, of course, but the truth is, now it's harder than ever. Here are three ways to actually get a cut – and what is actually involved with each.

How to Finally Break Up With a Co-Writer

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Sometimes, it's time to pull the plug on a relationship. It happens all the time, and co-writing is no different. Even the best co-writing relationships can go sour (think Lennon and McCartney, for instance), and it's wise to think about an exit strategy if things are looking bleak.

Breaking up can be difficult for obvious reasons, whether it's with a co-writer or significant other, and you may notice some parallels between the two. Sharing your creative side with someone and pouring energy into a project can certainly be a bonding experience. Not to mention the fact that co-writers often know quite a bit about each other, especially if they've been at it a long time.

Regardless of the stage of your writing relationship, here are three ways you can let your partner down in the most professional and kind way possible.