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"I'VE GOT SONGS , WHAT NEXT" 

One of the things that pretty much consistently I get is "I've been writing songs, now what do I do with them?" Many people "think" they are writing songs, only to find out they have only poetry (lyrics only) or have songs that totally don't fit a format, don't have any allies within the industry, are too long, negative, personal statements, out of date or time, or just plain not good enough to go forward. Most people that have only written a few songs don't know this, and even though their families,Read more

ONE CHANCE TO MAKE A BAD FIRST IMPRESSION 

                                                             ONE CHANCE TO MAKE A BAD FIRST IMPRESSIONS 
                        BEING PREPARED FOR NASHVILLE STYLE WRITERS NIGHTS,OPEN MICS, AND AUDITIONS   By MAB 
  
In the current era of music, one of the most common events for performer and writer wanna be’s are OPEN STAGES, OPEN MICS, SONGWRITER’S NIGHTS OR SHOWCASES, as well as the dreaded AUDITION process, for everything from reality shows, contests, and the first and continuous steps of a performing

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Santa, Can I have a Cut for Christmas 

                                                SANTA, CAN I HAVE A CUT FOR CHRISTMAS by MAB 
  
Every year, kind of like clockwork, people go through their “NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS” and of course with songwriters, it always includes, “THIS IS THE YEAR TO GET MY MAJOR LABEL CUT!” I understand all the “Norman Vincent Pealeism’s” of “The power of Positive thinking, and all, and do understand the propensity to “If I put it OUT THERE in the UNIVERSE it’ll happen. Yeah, I know that one well. Every year when I used

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CELEBRATE EACH VICTORY 

CELEBRATE EACH VICTORY! By MAB 

Over the past two days I have written on the subject of the difficulty of getting major cuts in this day and age. It is hard even for "inside" writers and publishers to get them and ESPECIALLY hard for independent, non-connected, OUTSIDE writers. There are a LOT of steps, aside from writing the songs themselves, getting them recorded, getting inside people to pay attention, being patient, building and maintaining relationships, all have to be done and have to be done

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Music Outsider's Insider 

MUSIC OUTSIDER’S, INSIDER 
By MARC-ALAN BARNETTE 

  
This Is going to be written for people from outside Nashville, or those trying to find out about the “inner circles” that they are going to have to be involved in to advance in their careers. Most are pretty much common sense, like “BE POLITE” but sometimes need to be reminded. Let’s go. 
  

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS 

Most people preparing for a career in music (whatever that is these days) are always concerned about the “Big time.” All they seem  to…

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The Chili Pepper World 

The Chili Pepper world
Hello folks,


I thought since a lot of people here don't live in Nashville, don't care to, or even some don't make trips, it might be interesting to share an experience with you of some people that are "finding other ways" around the normal conventions in music. 

The subject is a group of people I work with called "THE CHILI PEPPERS SONGWRITING CLUB' and they are located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I was just up there for their 5th Anniversery, did private meetings, teachings, writing, and aRead more

"CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF THAT MAB!!!" (QUESTIONS PART II) 

Since some of our guys are a little more exhuberant, and want follow ups, I thought I would post those as well:

#1. "When you say 'relationships', MAB, I assume you mean writing songs about past relationships, and 'love songs gone wrong' songs. That makes sense because that is mostly what I hear when I listen to someone performiong in a coffee shop or a show at a writers room during a visit to Nashville."

A. Not, exactly. I am talking writing, performing, networking 'RELATIONSHIPS." Those are with other

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Writing What you Know 

WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW, WHAT YOU SEE, AND FIND THE TWIST

Since we are on the subject of writing, I would like to answer to Matt’s comment on “writing what you know” and Jimmy’s “conversational, and in addition, the “paying attention to small articles In the news on television and in papers as well as “writing for artists. I am going to break down the surrounding issues of all of these in one of my favorite songs written with Allen Shervelle, and Bonnie Lee Panda. I believe It demonstrates all four of these.

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15 questions from "OD" 

MAB’S SONGWRITNG 101
A friend and client of mine, Mr. Steve Harris, of Columbus Ohio, asked a few questions he wanted to know when he started this songwriter’s journey. I thought his questions summed up what most newbies need to know. Hope they help. Thank you OD. (Steve)

1. I have some poems that my friends think are pretty good and my family thinks are GREAT! What should I do with them?

Everyone has a parent, grandparent. Teacher, friend, who love them and think everything is BETTER THAN THAT CRAP ON THE
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The "NASHVILLE BAR" 

                                                                                              "The NASHVILLE BAR."


When writers and artists start getting into songwriting in a more realistic and competitive way, traveling to Nashville, getting on web sites, learning the realities, they start to hear a term, "the Nashville Bar." What does that mean? Well aside from the clubs and bars that us writers hang out in, there is a very real term that speaks to the QUALITY OF SONGS AND SONGWRITERS. But what does
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