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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 10:38 am 
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Nudder tip from Clay Mills:

Don't "dis" today's music as hopeless and keep rewriting the songs you grew up with.

I have to confess, I LIKE Johnny and Willie and Waylon, and if I'm in a remotely Country mood, I write like them. Sometimes I work my way up to Alan Jackson. But those songs don't get recorded, except sometimes by me.

Clay's right; if you don't write for today's audience, you won't be heard.

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From Clay Mills: "Exercise the Writing Muscle."

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Also from Clay Mills: "Guitar Noodling for Songwriters."

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This is REALLY good advice from Marty Dodson. It boils down to "don't be a jerk if a stranger trying to help you with your creative endeavor doesn't think you walk on water." True of any kind of job interview or writing or art submission.

I might add that you don't know who's listening. ESPECIALLY in a town like Nashville. You could be polite while you're in the room, then bellyache loudly to your posse once you're in the coffeehouse down the street. Then a week from now, arrive at an important appointment only to see the person who was sitting across the aisle from you while you were dumping all over his golfing buddy. It's not about where you vent, it's about your need to vent. If you can't be professional about what you hope will be your profession, you're not ready anyway. And if you don't see that as a problem, you probably never will be.

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How Do I Get a Publishing Deal? Clay uses the analogy of a fellow who has the goods to be a network anchorman, but no resume, so no one will listen to him.

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From Marty: 6 Errors That Kill a Song Lyric.

Too true, too true . . . . .

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Clay says that songwriting takes a lot of balls (don't worry, it's a juggling metaphor)

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From Clay: Nine Things Skilled Songwriters Do Differently.

This ought to be a poster. :-)

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Clay's 5 favorite software tools for writing and collaborating long-distance on songs. Most are internet-based.

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From Clay: It's not the WORLD's responsibility to "get" YOU or YOUR MUSIC.

Well said. If you're not reaching people, it's because YOU're not reaching people.

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