If You’re Doing it for the Money, You May Not Make Any

Last week, one of my Advanced Class students said something which has bothered me ever since. It’s not that I haven’t heard it before-in fact, I’ve heard it much too often-but usually from business executives, and jaded ones at that. The whole thing...

Step One: Touch Somebody

Step One: Touch Somebody Think back to the first time you wrote a song for someone and then played it for that person. Did it have an effect on him or her? And wasn’t that a thrill? At that moment, you may have realized that the whole thing is about communication. And...

Reality: The Training Wheels

Did you ever use training wheels when you were learning to ride a bicycle? Or did you ever see anyone else use them? The purpose is to keep the bicycle from tipping over. They allow the rider to stay on long enough to perfect some of the skills of riding a bicycle....

Oysters and Muses

An oyster makes a pearl when some foreign piece of matter, like a grain of sand, has entered the oyster and he covers it with layers of nacre (mother of pearl). Basically, he’s sort of spitting at it because it’s an annoyance. I think songwriters are like that. If...

Why You Need to Find Your Target Audience

I discovered a long time ago that people would rather hear something mediocre in a genre they love than something exceptional in a genre they don’t like. It’s the same in films as well as in music. Think about it. When you’re looking for a movie and you like...

A Response Worth Waiting For

by Harriet Schock Have you ever submitted a song only to hear nothing back? Did you just assume either they heard it and didn’t like it, or they never heard it? Songwriters and actors get rejected more often than drunk guys with hackneyed pick-up lines. It’s just what...