I hated myself a little bit for starting a blog with a title that included “honesty” and “song writing”. I was worried that no one would bother even reading this far in to the first paragraph. The web is overflowing with song writing cliché’s like “write from the heart” or “song writing is pure and comes from the soul.” That’s why I had to add the bracketed part of the heading; to make myself feel better.
The part that fills me with self-loathing is not the fact that these are awful cliché’s but with the fact that they are true.
Now, I’m not here to write paragraphs of soppy song writing tips about accessing your inner emotions with your song writing, and connecting with your feelings in order to express them in the music. Everyone knows these things, and being able to express yourself through your craft is what every artist aspires to – that’s where the real art form lies. If you are a serious songwriter, as I hope everyone reading this blog is, you should be on the path to doing this anyway.
But why will this make you money? After all, isn’t this website aimed at helping you monetize your craft, not only on developing it?
Here’s the rub: the key to success in this songwriting business is ‘uniqueness.’ Always remember that there are 500 000 songwriters out there who are better songwriters than you. You’ve got two ways of standing out from them :
1) Be the best songwriter in the world (good luck with that)
2) Be yourself
When you write about real things that you feel passionately about, or that you feel genuinely about, your work automatically becomes unique. No one else can write about you. Only you can. Everyone can write about heartbreak but only YOU can write about your heartbreak. Your audience can usually hear when you are not being genuine, and it bores them. Believe me when I tell you that this little tip can change your whole songwriting career.
After years in this business, this is one of the most valuable lessons I have learned when it comes to song writing : be yourself. Being genuine helps you avoid all the millions of song writer cliché’s (Examples include “I’m down on my knees, begging you please.” Or any song that compares tears to rain!!!) that will undoubtedly contribute to your song feeling cheesy.
It’s very difficult. And it takes years of experience. When you are new to songwriting, it’s almost impossible not to sound exactly like those that inspired you and possibly even to write about similar experiences that you’ve never had. Sometimes new writers write songs about what they assume “what people write songs about.” It’s a deadly songwriting trap.
If you can start developing the art of letting your true self come through in your song writing, your songs will stand out and you will be on the path to financial success! Guaranteed.
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