Writing Partners

When collaborating, there aren’t just two of you in the room.  There’s a third energy present. Writer A suggest a melody line, writer B tweaks it a little, and they settle on Melody C.  It’s not a contest to see who writes the biggest chunk.  As professional songwriters, we always try to go what’s best for the song, not our egos. 

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The Creative Process, Part 2

These days, when new country acts need material, they start start with a producer, who cuts a track.  No melody.  No words.  Just the track.  Someone else, usually a person who hops on the band bus, writes the “top lines”, which consist of the melody and words.

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Selling Songs - Selling Lyrics

Selling songs is not done in the music business.  Even so, many new writers who are unaware of how the real music business operates, dream of selling songs.  They ache to hear their work played on just one radio station – just once – and feel that’s accomplished by selling songs.

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Creative Control

For the first half of my life, I thought being exquisitely sensitive was wrong. Other people hoped I'd get over it, so I could be like them. But for the second half of my life, I've realized that the best part of me is my sensitivity, and without it, I'm just another pretty, witty face with a bad back.

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The Care and Feeding of Your Creative Spirit

As creative people, we have special gifts that “civilians” don’t, even on their best days. With our gifts comes the responsibility of keeping ourselves in a creative flow. It doesn’t fall to a groupie or manager, a spouse, therapist, healer, dealer or TV evangelist with permanently bad hair. It’s our job.

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Both Sides of The Desk

I've been a songwriter all my life, so I can say without question that when a writer has to leave the cocoon of creativity for the uncertainty of marketing, something snaps inside and creates someone you wouldn't necessarily want sitting in your living room, slurping sorbet.

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The Moon at the Top of the Hill

The J. Paul Getty Center in West Los Angeles is much more than just the most richly endowed art museum in the world.  It is a cultural oasis with spectacular resources for the community. One of them is a free lecture series in the Harold R. Williams Auditorium.

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Whose Career Would You Kill to Have...

Do you well, learn how to get your name in the papers, and maybe someday, you’ll be an even bigger star than Lady Gaga, who, y’never know, could be sitting on the edge of her egg, gobbling peanut M & M’s, shushing the cattle from which she derives her wardrobe, so she can hear your new song.   

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Undaunted

Surely if a little blade of grass can survive and even thrive on Wilshire Boulevard, you can make it through the sea of "no's" and "no way's" you've been navigating through the music business.

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Molly, Why Were They Nominated For A Grammy And Not Me?

Many of my clients have asked me why I think certain artists were nominated for Grammys, and others weren't. Some of my clients even suggested it was all about PR and hype. While I understand the value of publicity, there still has to be something worth publicizing, and even in the music business, hype alone cannot get an artist a deal and certainly not a Grammy nomination.

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