3 Tips for Successful Co-Writing

 
       
 
Aug 02, 2017, 04:39 PM

https://www.bmi.com/news/entry/3-tips-for-successful-co-writing?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Weekly 28&utm_content=Weekly 28+Version+A+CID_4ce03edbc795d0b490ce080b603d33b5&utm_source=Email marketing software&utm_term=READ MORE

Another from J. Blume and BMI The Weekly. If you haven’t signed up to receive this by email you might want to consider it. I haven’t seen an issue yet that wasn’t on point.

There’s a description of a ‘Collaborator’s Agreement’ in there.

There will always be another song to be written. Someone will write it. Why not you? http://www.garyeandrews.com

 
     
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Gary E. Andrews Joined Apr 12, 2005
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Aug 03, 2017, 08:04 AM

Jason Blume is a great writer, and a good friend. He contributes to the BMI newsletter, is a tremendous songwriter, has a very successful greeting card business, and teaches Tuesday classes at BMI. Any thing you can read from him, MAKE A NOTE OF IT AND READ IT OVER AND OVER! He has also personally finally dragged me over to BMI from ASCAP, so I’ll soon be a BMI writer. (Hear that administrators, I guess we’re on the SAME TEAM NOW!)

Jason has an incredible career story, and so the more you can find out about him, the more you see he knows his stuff. Thanks for posting Gary.

MAB

 
     
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Marc-Alan Barnette Joined Jul 29, 2010
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Aug 08, 2017, 01:34 PM

Wow, really great article from someone who knows what he’s talking about. I know that some songwriters feel more comfortable working alone due to the song creation process being such a personal matter, but the numbers don’t lie.

For me, point #2 is probably the most important of the three. There have been too many stories where music creators claim foul because they failed to have it in writing that they contributed to a song which went on to climb the charts. Mistakes like that can make a huge difference in one’s life.

Mylène Besançon, Co-founder @ Tunedly

Tunedly connects music creators with the world’s best session musicians to make professional-sounding music online, while making it easier to get heard.

I could go on and on, but it would probably be best if you head over to https://tunedly.com to see what it’s all about.

I’m also a contributing writer on Thrive Global, you can follow me here: https://journal.thriveglobal.com/@mylenebesancon

 
     
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Mylène Besançon Joined Jun 28, 2015
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Aug 08, 2017, 05:57 PM

Thanks for posting that, Gary. That point about honouring your own writing process is so important. I think it also pays to honour the other person’s process as well (whether they ask for concession or not). For me, collaborating isn’t just about writing the song, it’s about getting to know what makes your co-writer tick. If you know your co-writer’s method and respect that method, then the process is far more enjoyable and the writing comes more easily.

MAB (how’r ya?)! I love the way you always seem to be able to give the back-story to these sorts of things. Thanks for the advice. Jason Blume now on my reading list. Best of luck with BMI.  ;)

Enjoyed that read. Thanks Gary.
J

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- Bob Marley

 
     
Jenny Stokes Joined Sep 24, 2015
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Aug 10, 2017, 04:00 PM

Hello Jenny, Jenny, Jenny,

Glad to see you posting. There is a great deal involved with co-writing. Jason covers a lot of it. I have to do it as a point of my business, and teach the PROCESS of co-writing. Songwriting is mostly a very introspective art form, and most people do it alone. That is fine until they want to get music OUT THERE and then co-writing often comes into play. And there are multiple reasons to do it.

The first is to share information. As a lot of us grew up, the way we learned was being in bands or being around musicians. Co-writing came as an extension of that. Bands co-write almost everyone, even if they have a primary writer. They usually all contribute. Then it develops as time goes on, and if people come to a town like Nashville, that is built around co-writing, it is not just suggested, it is essential. There are almost no solo written songs because not only do you need to work with others, street credibility, connections, etc. but it helps your overall career path.
It is the “Nashville handshake” and how you build your realtionships.

So knowing how to do it is a very special art.

It also helps build overall skill. Arguably, the most recorded songs in history, come from one main source.
“YESTERDAY” by Paul McCartney
“IMAGINE”    by John Lennon
“SOMETHING.” by George Harrison

Now while those songs were essentially solo written, the were the cumlative effect of being written by BEATLES. And the years of writing together, competing, and building, made them each what they went on to be. So as a part of BUILDING SKILLS, co-writing is a career changer.

I almost never write songs alone, but in most of my co-writes I am TEACHING, which means I write a majority of the song. I am showing by doing. And one of my favorite things are watching people take what I have shown them, and using the principals and processes, in other songs they write. Kind of like watching your children blossom in sports and take the days of throwing a ball in the back yard or attending a training camp in their youth, into college and then professional leagues.

Always rewarding.

MAB

 
     
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Marc-Alan Barnette Joined Jul 29, 2010
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Aug 12, 2017, 11:12 AM

Your positivity and perspective is refreshing as always, Marc-Alan. And just in case you haven’t stumbled upon my post on another thread as yet, congrats again on your switch to BMI. Enjoy your weekend all.

Mylène Besançon, Co-founder @ Tunedly

Tunedly connects music creators with the world’s best session musicians to make professional-sounding music online, while making it easier to get heard.

I could go on and on, but it would probably be best if you head over to https://tunedly.com to see what it’s all about.

I’m also a contributing writer on Thrive Global, you can follow me here: https://journal.thriveglobal.com/@mylenebesancon

 
     
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Aug 14, 2017, 11:32 AM

Thanks Mylene, very good to hear from you. I did miss something on another thread. I only respond to what people direct me to or those that I get notices on in my email. Tell me about you? Where are you from, what do you do, how is your career going? Inquiring minds want to know.

MAB

 
     
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