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by paulrace
Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: Welcome to the Songwrangler Discussion Forums
Topic: Welcome Aboard
Replies: 0
Views: 2525

Welcome Aboard

Because scammers hacked the forums with lots of objectionable spam, I have moved all of my posts here so I can delete the other forums without deleting posts I made on purpose. :-)

Once I've finished with the purge, I'll get the posts back where they belong.

- Paul
by paulrace
Wed May 25, 2016 1:21 pm
Forum: Welcome to the Songwrangler Discussion Forums
Topic: Performance Rights Organizations
Replies: 1
Views: 1694

Performance Rights Organizations

Years ago, a friend's band had a national top-40 hit with a Joni Mitchell song. Joni got a nice check in the mail and my friends got nothing but "exposure" and record sales. Because when your song plays on the radio, you get a piece of it no matter who wrote it. When you sing someone else'...
by paulrace
Wed May 25, 2016 1:13 pm
Forum: Welcome to the Songwrangler Discussion Forums
Topic: Making Money as a Songwriter
Replies: 0
Views: 1465

Making Money as a Songwriter

There are basically three ways you make money. Mechanical royalties, when someone makes CDs (or vinyl or cassette or whatever) with your song on them. Performance royalties, when someone plays your song on the radio or streams it or plays it in concert. Licensing, when someone uses your song in an a...
by paulrace
Tue May 24, 2016 6:44 pm
Forum: Welcome to the Songwrangler Discussion Forums
Topic: Word Choices
Replies: 0
Views: 1571

Word Choices

Here's a blog I wrote when I was frustrated by an otherwise listenable song in which the author had accidentally chosen the wrong word for something and completely changed the meaning.

http://www.paulracemusic.com/songwritin ... ght-words/
by paulrace
Tue May 24, 2016 1:14 pm
Forum: Welcome to the Songwrangler Discussion Forums
Topic: Writing what is close to your heart
Replies: 1
Views: 1667

Re: Writing what is close to your heart

Not EXACTLY on the subject, but Marty Dodson has an article about not beating yourself to death trying to make a song work that isn't really "doing it" for you.

http://songtown.com/write-what-inspires-you/
by paulrace
Tue May 24, 2016 1:13 pm
Forum: Welcome to the Songwrangler Discussion Forums
Topic: Writing what is close to your heart
Replies: 1
Views: 1667

Writing what is close to your heart

Now, not every "emo" song that wears the narrator's emotions on it's sleeve is good or even listenable. But there is something about writing a song about something that has affected you deeply - often you learn that a number of folks in the room understand exactly where you're coming from ...
by paulrace
Tue May 24, 2016 1:09 pm
Forum: Welcome to the Songwrangler Discussion Forums
Topic: Welcome to Song Ideas
Replies: 0
Views: 1824

Welcome to Song Ideas

Where do you come up with song ideas? Where do the pros? This forum is to discuss that.
by paulrace
Tue May 24, 2016 1:03 pm
Forum: Welcome to the Songwrangler Discussion Forums
Topic: Career Tips from Professional Songwriters
Replies: 0
Views: 3036

Career Tips from Professional Songwriters

Clay Mills asks "Will You Be Ready When the Door Opens?"

As often as not, one hit song is not the beginning of a songwriter's career, but the end, because there's nothing else in the pipeline.

http://songtown.com/will-you-be-ready-w ... oor-opens/
by paulrace
Wed May 11, 2016 12:41 pm
Forum: Welcome to the Songwrangler Discussion Forums
Topic: Tips from SongTown's Marty Dodson and Clay Mills
Replies: 0
Views: 1589

Tips from SongTown's Marty Dodson and Clay Mills

Marty and Clay have a service worth subscribing to if you are remotely serious about writing songs for other people to sing. It's called SongTown. I link to a lot of their blogs because I believe that the quality of information they GIVE away indicates the quality of what they share with their subsc...