KISSA LOTTA FROGS"
Participation is the key.
Join up, play out, take risks... basically, you have to
lay your talent, your heart and your soul on the line!
No one comes knocking on your door out of the blue,
begging you to co-write. You have to make a concerted,
consistent effort to create writing relationships from
In fact, I've noticed that collaborating is very much
* Some collaborations are
flings: good for a few tunes, but not for the long run.
* Some are nightmares:
you want to run screaming in the opposite direction.
* Some are unrequited:
you feel the urge, but your partner doesn't.
* And luckily, some are
magical: you stick with them for a long while, maybe
And yes, it can be
heartbreaking. But I guarantee you'll feel fully alive!
There's never a dull moment in this quest, because you
and your co-writer aspire to the high calling of
creating great art together.
You just have to keep writing, re-writing and putting it
out there, trusting that eventually you'll attract
like-minded souls. So where exactly are these
like-minded souls hiding?
A few days of research
can provide you with a wealth of opportunities. Here are
some paths that have produced results for me, and I've
collaborated with at least a hundred other writers since
* Take a songwriting
* Find a teacher, or
better yet, a mentor.
* Start a local
songwriting support group.
* Hire or start a band,
even if it's only for a limited number of gigs.
* Join a Performing
Rights Organization (ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC in the U.S.)
* Check out programs
offered by music business organizations such a The
Songwriters Hall of Fame, The Recording Academy, Women
In Music, Nashville Songwriters Association, etc.)
* Join the various online
songwriting communities -- just Google it! Myspace.com
offers a whole new realm of possibilites.
* Check local
publications and listings for showcases, classified ads
& open mics.
* Search the Internet for
performers in your vein of music.
* Go to local music
stores and check their bulletin boards, or put up your
* Post a free ad on
* Read or subscribe to
music business publications.
You're only limited by
your imagination and your level of commitment.
In summary, there's no such thing as a free lunch, but
there is a delicious feast available if you're willing
to tap the well of your own talents. How's that for a
Finally, I suggest people
delve fearlessly into their deeper selves when they
write songs. Listeners can always tell when you're being
truthful and real.
In a nutshell:
* Write your truth, and write a LOT.
* Dare to write gawd-awful
songs in the quest for the brilliant ones.
* Create a support team
that will hold you to higher standards.
* Develop your strengths
and supplement your weaknesses as a writer, player,
singer and engineer.
* Read the books, do the
exercises, subscribe to the publications... know your
* Participate to the
hilt, creating relationships with a variety of potential
Together let's raise the
level of songs in the world, so that these become the
good old days of music again!