Okay, let’s jump right into this one for a mini-Q&A.
- “It sounds like another Brad song.”
That’s what one co-writer said on the song we were working on.
Okay, this isn’t a question, but it brings one up.
From the co-writer’s comment, if I were the insecure type, I would have felt I wrote songs that all sounded alike.
But, since I dislike songs which sound like one another, I purposely steer away from that. Nothing worse than listening to a CD of songs which have the same tempo, same rhythm, same chord progression, same key, same everything.
You’d have to know him to know what a genuine comment this was, but my father-in-law told me once, “The thing about your music is all the songs are different, they don’t sound alike.”
I didn’t even know he noticed my music.
As nice a guy he was, he minced no words if he wanted to tell you something. Not your average family feedback with him.
He’s not the only one who has told me that. I’ve heard it from many writers and listeners.
So, what do I take from the co-writer’s comment?
It was about my style.
Maybe this person didn’t like that it didn’t sound like them. I don’t know.
Sorry. If I’m writin’, and if you ask me to write with you, you’re gettin’ me, not someone else.
I figure that is why people ask me to co-write with them in the first place, because they like what they hear.
I’m not dumbing myself down for anyone.
Needless to say, for this and other reasons, this person and I don’t write together.
We didn’t even finish that one tune.
It’s cool. They are a wonderful writer and great person. The mix just don’t gel is all.
Point is, be yourself, bring your style to the table. Don’t shut the other writer out, but put yourself in the mix.
Don’t showboat or be selfish, that gets no one anywhere, but don’t lay down either.
It’s a partnership.
And if someone says, it sounds like another one of your songs, and it isn’t an old song dressed up yet again, take it as a compliment you have your own style.
- How do I know if a person is someone I can write with?
I’m of the mind you’ve got to get to know the person a bit first.
There are things you can do to do that, but the bottom line is do you have mutual respect for each other?
Are you okay with putting your idea aside and running with theirs, and vice versa?
Personally, I’m fine with someone not liking an idea I bring, but if it’s shot down like a clay pigeon still in the throw machine, that does it for me. I’ll do one of two things.
Reduce our writing to e-mail, or just choose not to write with them at all.
I don’t need them, and they don’t need me. It’s a volunteer deal.
I respect their ideas and want to hear more about them, to flesh it out some, explore a bit, play a bit… I expect the same in return.
You have to feel comfortable with the person. We’ll dig deep into, and mince no words, when it comes to co-writing in November’s Tune Booster.
- Where can I find great song titles?
Really they are everywhere. In an earlier post I showed you how to get them from radio.
Honestly, your life is riddled with them.
Pay attention to what you read and hear, and even what you don’t hear.
There is a huge misnomer about song titles out there. Everyone is looking for the kickass title. Trust me, you have them at your disposal, and I’ll show you just where they are in August’s Tune Booster.
For now, pay attention to what you read and hear. We’ll go on a title shopping spree in August. We’ll have a little fun with it.
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