Celebrate the New!
It’s a brand new decade! Time for celebration. Time to reassess and plan. Time to get to work. Time for Better Songwriting!
Songwriting is the foundation of the music we listen to, the reason for bands to play, why we listen to DSP’s like Spotify and Apple Music or Pandora. It’s why we pay good money to see and hear performers, bands, songwriters, rappers, concerts and attend festivals. The Nashville Songwriters Association’s (NSAI) motto is “It All Begins with A Song” and it’s true!
We relate to the stories songs tell, to the emotions and experiences they describe and the emotions they create within us. Why? Because everyone of us has stories, hell, we are all stories ourselves.
If you’re a songwriter, singer, musician or band, your job is create the stories we want to hear, because ultimately they are about us and our lives. Your songs transport us to other places and times, celebrate our joy and happiness, commiserate with our sorrows and disapointments, and make us want to party and raise hell!
What’s Your Songwriting Vision for 2020?
Since we’ve been given a brand -spanking- new clean slate for the next decade, what do you want to do with your songwriting? Have you set some realistic and reach goals for yourself to get better, to write more songs, to sing better, to get more gigs, to learn more about the business of music? Of course you have!
Well maybe you forgot to write them down in all the frenzy of the holidays. That’s okay, just get the pad or the notebook, whatever.. for your planning and just start!
This does not need to be a daunting task. Once you get going, you’ll be surprised how easy it is. Here are a few things to get you going – there are a million ways to jump in. They can be questions you need to answer, things you want to do….the world is your oyster my friend. Just start!
Ideas to help hone your planning :
- Set aside time to write everyday
- Find other people to write with in my area
- Learn 3 new songs a month as a band
- Go to local songwriter nights
- Try writing in different song structures, genres
- Hone in on your “songwriting voice’
- Come up with 5 new song titles per month
- Save money to record demos of your songs
No matter where you are in your career, or hobby, there are a million things you can do to get the year off to a great start. You’ll feel fantastic just getting the things out of your head and into a notebook or your computer so you can review and revise them. Get excited when you have accomplished one.
TIP: When you complete one of the goals you have set for yourself. Add another one to your list.
We know it can be scary, like facing a blank page when you’re writing. But you’ll be so happy to have a roadmap to guide you. Trust us. We believe in you, we know you are going to kill it.
If you really want to jumpstart your songwriting by doing things the right way, check out Better Songwriting 101. We’ve taken the guesswork out of the process and give you tools to get going. In addition, we give you a view of what the world of songwriting really looks like, not some reality show version
You can sign up for our Tips below, and drop in any time. We’ve got some really exciting things happening in 2020 and can’t wait to share them with you.
Bravo, give yourself a hand!