It can be hard to sell a song when you know that the odds are stacked against you. In fact, if you have a song that has been popular for years but no one wants to buy it anymore, it is unlikely you will ever make much money from it.
The same is true of original songs. All the best music bureaus in the world are going to ignore your song. Which means that if it’s not already recorded and sold to a label, nobody will listen to your song, and nobody will pay anything for it.
But the music industry is changing. New technologies mean that fewer people need to buy their music on CD. Instead they can stream or download music directly from the internet and license their own songs through services like Spotify or Apple Music (and maybe others as well). And because streaming and downloading are so fast and cheap, creators are being paid for what they do instead of being forced to sell physical copies of their music at an exorbitant price.
Our job is then not just marketing our product but helping people understand what they’re doing when they use our product (i.e., making decisions) so they make informed choices (i.e., buying).
If we do this right, we can help artists make more money than ever before, which means more money for people who actually want to buy the music they love – not just those who prefer its convenience over ownership – and less money for those who don’t feel like having an expensive vinyl record around all the time (and most of them don’t want one anyway).
How i discovered the artist and the song
Most musicians have a story to tell, but very few of them are willing to share it. They’re usually afraid that if they do, their music will be forgotten or go unplayed. I was one of those musicians.
Some years ago, I was still playing in a band with the drummer who wrote my earliest songs. While we were playing at a party, he asked if he could play something for me. He had just finished writing his latest song and wanted to show it off. As I listened to the piece, it was clear that he had an extraordinary voice, which had made its way into a song I would never have heard without his assistance:
And by the end of the night, his song ended up on my iPod — though not in its entirety — thanks to him sharing it with the audience.
So often when you hear stories like this one, you’re left wondering what you could have done differently — how you could have pushed harder or demonstrated more enthusiasm or perhaps even been better on your own (or in combination with someone else). But most of all, how did somebody like him get there? How did you get here? The secret is not just in talent; it is in persistence and luck.
This isn’t always entirely surprising: people who are good at something tend to stick with it long enough that they develop an interest in what they do (which is where persistence comes from) and turn their skill into an obsession (which is where luck comes from).
But there are also many ways other than talent and hard work that can help get your music out there beyond just being talented yourself: ask people who know about music (especially other musicians) whether they might know of any similar projects; look for connections at colleges and universities; find bands whose work sounds like yours; ask around at bars or record stores; and more — this doesn’t need to be exhaustive but more than anything else will get you started down the right path.
The song’s lyrics
The sole purpose of this post is to provide a simple and clear definition of “song”. It is, in essence, the final product (the song) that has been created. Now, the word “song” can have many different meanings:
a) A musical composition: a song (or number of songs), i.e. a piece or series of pieces, such as an orchestral composition or individual songs;
b) A piece of written text that has become common currency, e.g. a poem or short story;
c) A work of art which is created to be heard in one specific context and then must be viewed with that context intact;
d) A recording that is intended to be played by someone else;
e) A collection of recordings made by the same artist in the same studio using the same equipment and recording equipment;
f) An audio-visual work produced by one person and intended for public viewing on television (such as a documentary);
g) An audio-visual work produced by two or more people using physically separate studios (e.g., performances engineered and mixed in different studios). In addition to these meanings, most dictionaries list songs as an example for other words: “a musical composition consisting of notes sung by a vocalist”. However, this does not mean that words have no meaning outside their original context: “A classic example was when those poor little kids got stuck in the mud like that”. The word “song” applies equally well to all of these examples. This article will discuss each definition from its simplest form to its most general usage — but first let’s get an overview on what exactly it means for us to consider it as such…
The word “song” does not refer only to music composed for performances on stage or in concert halls. It also refers to music made with instruments such as drums, piano, guitar, ukulele… Moreover, it also refers to sounds certain animals make when they are vocalizing in natural environments like oceans and forests (including birdsong). A song can also refer to sound recordings made when those animals are vocalizing after being captured from natural environments (presumably including recordings from loudspeakers placed near the animals). This definition should cover any kind of sound recording regardless whether it’s ambient sound recorded during an animal’s natural environment or just recorded when the animal is vocalizing — and there are certainly some clever people out
My interpretation of the song’s meaning
I wanted to do something simple today. If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s having people give my song a meaning that’s completely different from the one I gave it.
For example, if you ask me to tell you what my songs mean, I’ll probably say “I want to be a successful musician” or “I want to be a famous musician”, because those are the only two things I can think of that might apply. But that doesn’t actually make sense as a way of understanding the song, because for each of those sentences, I have some specific intention in mind. In other words:
When someone asks me what my lyrics means, I don’t know what they mean!
What this means is that our songwriters tend to be pretty good at giving meaning to their songs — but that doesn’t translate into us being good at giving meaning to our songs!
The truth is: It doesn’t matter if we think we’re giving meaningful meaning; it matters only if someone else thinks they’re getting meaningful meaning out of our songs.
The best way to get your song into the hands of listeners is to have it recorded by someone who has the chops. It is not a problem of talent, but rather of time and money.
A great example of this is Chris Cornell, who was one of the most talented and popular musicians in the world when he died in 2017. His wife, Vicky Cornell, wrote about his death on her Facebook page:
“Chris’s music was so powerful and vital that it took over my life. He moved me from being a shy child to a confident adult. I spent many years worshiping him as an artist and I will always treasure those moments we shared together at our shows or rehearsals. I love writing parts for my husband’s songs because I know how much he loved them… It’s sad that he is gone… But his legacy lives on through his music that inspired me to be a better person… Thank you for making such an incredible impact on so many lives with your songs.. Chris’s legacy lives on through his songs that inspired me to be a better person… Thank you for making such an incredible impact on so many lives with your songs..”
The good news is: she has done what very few other tribute artists do: she had her music recorded by someone who had the chops to record it, knowing that they would have no chance of selling it outside their family circle (that they might not even sell at all). This is highly unusual — especially given the fact that everyone in that circle would probably have never heard of Chris if not for her husband’s music. This also explains why few other tribute artists are willing or able to do this kind of work (the fees are too high).