I recently hosted one of my monthly BMI Nashville Songwriter Workshops where each of the fifty attendees had an opportunity to pitch one song to a successful publisher. As is typically the case at these workshops, with few exceptions, every song played was perfectly crafted. The writers have mastered the use of current song structures; the lyrics made sense and were well written; rhymes were where my ear expected them to be; and the melodies worked well with the chords—avoiding any dissonance. Yet the publisher took copies of only five songs—ten percent of those that were pitched.
Over the last decade of working with some of music’s top producers, recording artists, and songwriters, I started noticing similar personality traits and habits of these highly creative people. These professionals possessed a certain mindset that allowed them to perform at a high level and do it effortlessly. Their personal habits funneled their energy into a kind of creative vortex. I’ve listed 7 of these habits here. There are more, but these are the 7 that almost all of these pros had mastered.
Do you want to see how to get your band noticed? Our old friend Jim Huish did it with "The Cup Song" and a few guns. This video went viral on the Internet. Jim has over 3 million views of this song. Many have gone to see his band website http://www.AmbersDrive.com . His singing is pitch perfect as well as his handling of his guns. This is how to get noticed.
Here is Jason Howard at the Pavilion Coffee House playing a song about communication or the lack of communication with your spouse.
It is a jazzy piece he played for us at the Pavilion Coffee House. It was the highlight song of his set in my opinion.Jason is a really good guitar player and his vocals are strong and powerful.You will enjoy this song. It is titled:
"How Would I Know?"
Here is the amazing Dwayna Litz singing " I Forgive You" off her new CD .
Dwayna sent me her new CD to review the music and let her know what I thought.
below is the review. You will see that I liked it quite a bit. This is a great collection of songs well worth the listening.
Nashville Ear Review
CD by Dwayna Litz
"I'm The Girl I Used To Know Again"
Each fall Nashville Ear awards the Best of the Best honor to the songwriter that we feel stood out with exceptional songwriting and performances. Please join us in congratulating this years award winner Kurt Fortmeyer for the year 2014. After you read about his success and listen to his songs you will no doubt agree it was well deserved.
Learning how to finger pick your songs adds a depth and quality that cannot be achieved with a flat pick.
I am not sure if you songwriters know about James Taylor's guitar lessons. They are all free
.He shows how he finger picks all his favorite songs.
I sure could have used this way back when... Here is "Fire and Rain"
He has many others that are just fantastic.
He also plays them in 50% slowness with a Webpro cam so you can catch all the licks easily.
I can't ever remember our house not filled with music. My father played piano guitar harmonica. and my mom was a singer. My older brothers and sister also did music . So it was easy to follow in their footsteps.