Any song you write could become commercially successful at ANY time (like seven years later). Keep going! There's no such thing as a straight line to success in songwriting. Listen back to studio demos of your older songs. Think of ways to pitch them. Just because a demo is older doesn't mean the song isn't pitchable, according to songwriter and music producer Cliff Goldmacher in this online songwriting video.
- [Instructor] One of the things … that consistently amazes me … the farther along I get in my songwriting career … is how songs that I've written five, six, seven, … even 10 years ago all of a sudden find a home … and begin generating income. … So, all that to say, … even though it's great to be excited … about whatever you're working on in the moment, … don't forget your old songs, … especially when it comes to looking in your catalog … and finding opportunities to pitch those songs. … It is amazing how songs that were written many years ago … find a home. … There's very rarely a straight line … between writing a song and getting it placed … and generating income. … Usually, it's older songs that have kind of … made their way through the system in some bizarre way … that you don't understand, … that all of a sudden end up in a home … getting recorded by an artist or placed in a film … and generating income, so don't forget those old songs! … …
- Sitting down to write
- Finding inspiration in literature
- Making it personal
- Overcoming fear
- Finding the best time to write
- Learning the business of music
- Learning from peers
- Finding a collaborator
- Building your catalog
- Performing your songs live
- Pitching your songs
- Being persistent and resilient
- Balancing patience and impatience
- Remembering your motivation
- Counting your blessings
- Writing what moves you
Skill Level Beginner
Songwriting Techniques with Chordswith Julian Velard2h Intermediate
1. Songwriting Pointers
2. Songwriting Career Tips
3. The Big Picture
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