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Issue No. 004

November 2009


Welcome to the Inspired Song Alerts Newsletter!

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In This Issue...

1. Believe In Yourself as a Writer
To be successful in anything in life, it is imperative that you believe you can achieve that success.

2. Get a Professional Song Critique
Many music publishers offer song critiques, and I believe this is a service well worth taking advantage of.

3. Inspired Quote of the Month
A little boost to keep you going through those tough times!


Believe In Yourself as a Writer

To be successful in anything in life, it is imperative that you believe you can achieve that success. This statement has never been truer than when it comes to being an artist. Particularly a writer. It takes a certain amount of guts to put yourself out there, to bare your soul to the world.

The songwriter, when writing from the heart, must get used to being emotionally naked. It's not an easy thing to get used to, especially since most writers are private people. True artistic types tend to spend much time inside their own heads. There are, of course, exceptions. However, most songwriters I've known are not the life of the party!

So how do we get up the guts to bare our soul and believe in our talent?

Just do it! Play your music for as many people as you can, as often as you can. Play it for strangers. If you're at a party, secretly hijack the stereo, put your own stuff on and gauge peoples' reactions.

The more you do this, the easier it gets.

At some point you will face rejection. Get used to it. When it happens, try not to take it personally.

I know that sounds hard to do. Try to see it as rejection of the song and not rejection of you.

Above all, believe in yourself. If you don't, who else will?


Get a Professional Song Critique

Playing your songs for family, friends and strangers is an extremely important step. When you do that regularly, it helps to confirm your identity as a songwriter in your own mind, as well as in the minds of your listeners.

The next step is to get your songs into the hands of people who listen to music for a living.

Even if you have no desire to make it in the music business, it's still a great idea to get feedback from industry professionals.

Many music publishers offer song critiques, and I believe this is a service well worth taking advantage of.

Depending on the company, it will cost you somewhere between five and twenty dollars, but in return you will receive personal, in-depth constructive criticism of your song. (Your best song, of course!)

To find these companies, check out the annual Songwriter's Market, available in the reference section of your local bookstore, or simply Google "music publishers".

Don't be shy to call these companies and ask if they offer this service. Music publishers love getting calls from songwriters. Of course they do. We are their bread and butter!


Inspired Quote Of The Month

"Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except the best."

- Henry Van Dyke


That's it for this issue of Inspired Song Alerts. Thanks for reading. If you liked what you read, please recommend it to your friends! They can sign up here.

Until next time, happy writing!

All the best,
Richie Gilbert
http://www.inspired-songwriting-tips.com




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