With me as your songwriting coach, if you're
STUCK OR SCARED OR PSYCHED
at least you're not ALONE.
I've always got your back.
With all the techno-toys at our fingertips nowadays, it's easy to isolate and lose the HUMANITY at the heart of original songs. And let's face it, nothing else comes close to the thrill of an Actual Professional resonating with — and giving you actionable feedback on YOUR ideas, YOUR melodies, YOUR lyrics. In other words, YOU.
My job is to give you a detailed Reality Check, then work with you on Next Steps towards achieving your vision. With that in mind here's a quick Reality Checklist!
Reality Checklist #1
IS YOUR BRAND-NEW SONG BRILLIANT OR BOGUS?
(Because you've probably lost all objectivity.)
Can you even remember its name the morning after?
This is the acid test. If you wake up and draw a complete blank about how that song goes... the one you heard AT LEAST 100 TIMES the night before, there's trouble in River City. Toss it and start over.
Did you lay your ass on the line?
Does it make YOU laugh, cry, dance, think... FEEL? If there's nothing emotionally at stake for you, others will probably yawn as well. All the gizmos and gadgets in the world can't make up for a lack of fully felt and expressed lyrics and melodies. Show some leg already!
Does it break new ground lyrically & musically?
After a while, we all settle into perfectly comfortable writing patterns... okay — ruts. Your voice stays within the same range, your hands go to the same chords, you reach for a few tired clichés thinking no one'll notice. Ah, but they do! Does this song carve out new territory? Does it scare you to reveal so much? Or would a co-writer, a critique, or a kazoo bust you out of your comfort zone?
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