About the Songwrangler Team
Note: This is a "beta" version of this page set up at this time to check links, etc. If you are interested in participating in the programs described in this page when they become available, please use our contact page to express your interest, and we will contact you when the programs are up and running.
The Songwrangler team is a virtual convocation of songwriters and would-be songwriters who are committed to helping each other grow artisticly and professionally.
How Songwranglers Came About - This is Paul speaking. Having been involved with music since the 1960s, I've gotten to know a lot of folks who could use a little more support, encouragement, and guidance. Now that I'm "of a certain age," I'm trying to be the supportive, informative, encouraging person I needed when I was younger. As a result, I've spent the last several years posting online resources to help other musicians. Since I started, my resources have attracted thousands of readers, many of whom often interact with me, but - frankly - not very much with each other.
This is an attempt to fix the last part. For one thing, I know that many other folks have ideas and experiences that they could share, which would benefit the rest of the community far more than just me continuing to share what I know. I've also started discussion groups that became communities all on their own (for other areas of interest, unfortunately). So I know it's possible.
Who is Welcome? - Anyone who wants to improve their craft and who is willing to agree to be helpful and encouraging to their fellow songwriters and would-be songwriters. That includes giving honest, substantial feedback on the songs of other folks who ask for it. No, not every song, but at least twice as many songs as you submit.
That said, if you join and just want to "lay low" and see what other folks are up to, at least at first, that's totally fine. But we're really not recruiting "benchwarmers" here.
In addition, we hope you will share useful resources you have discovered, as well as any tips, tricks, or warnings you think your fellow songwranglers will find helpful.
What Do I Get Out of It? - Most importantly, you should expect to receive honest help, guidance, and feedback from other folks with similar interests and concerns.
Secondly, participating, helpful members are eligible to submit two songs a month to our Songspectors song reviewing service. At the moment, we're only evaluating two songs a month, mostly on a first-come, first-serve basis, but we're hoping to improve on that as time goes by and the community grows.
We hope to add other features as the community grows.
How You Become a Part of the Community? - You apply. That's right, you apply, including short essays on what you hope to get out of the community and what you hope to contribute.
A similar application process - and having good monitoring - is the way I've kept scammers, spammers, snipers, and trolls out of the other online communities I've started. So when you sign up, you may feel that I'm asking for too much information. Don't worry; none of your information (except for the nickname you choose when you sign up) will be visible online or given or sold to anyone else without your express permission. But I reserve the right to keep folks out of our community who may not have everyone's best interests (including yours) at heart.
To learn more about the applicataion process, please go to our Application page.
Whatever else you get out of our pages, I hope you come away with some great ideas for "sharing the joy."
And please stay in touch!
- Paul Race