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Issue No. 001

August 1, 2009

Welcome to the Inspired Song Alerts Newsletter!

Each month I'll try to bring you fresh and informative ideas on songwriting, recording, and music publishing.

I guess you'll have to decide whether or not the ideas I bring you are indeed fresh and informative!

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In This Issue...

1. Are Your Song Titles Boring?
Look at these examples of song titles that sizzle.

2. Are You Ready To Approach A Music Publisher?
How do you get around the "no unsolicited submissions" policy?

3. Record That Latest Idea
Doesn't matter how. Record it before it gets away!

4. Inspiring Quote Of The Month
A little boost to keep you going through those tough times!

Are Your Song Titles Boring?

Let's talk about the importance of creating song titles that sizzle.

Take a good, honest look at some of your song titles. Imagine you have never heard these songs before. Are the titles intriguing? Do they make you want to know more? Maybe si maybe no?

Then take a look at these great song titles:

"Do You Want To Know A Secret?" (The Beatles)

"We Are The Champions" (Queen)

"Two Minutes To Midnight" (Iron Maiden)

"Wake Me Up When September Ends" (Green Day)

Every one of those titles makes we want to listen to the song. Who doesn't want to know a secret?

Sure you could settle for a boring title such as "I Love You" (yawn)! But "P.S. I Love You"? Sizzle! It sounds so confidential!

"Home" by Daughtry is another great song title. It's deceptively simple, yet that one word conjures up so many different emotions.

The title of a song is often the first impression that song will have a chance to make. So make it a good one. Make it stand out from the crowd.

If it doesn't, ditch it!

Are You Ready To Approach A Music Publisher?

Okay, you've got a great song. You've made a great recording of your great song.

You're ready to submit (hate that word!) said song to some music publishers. You've grabbed the latest edition of Songwriter's Market and picked a few publishing companies that sound promising.

Alas, you keep coming across that dreaded phrase, "We do not accept unsolicited material."

What does that mean, and what to do about it?

It simply means they will not accept any music that:

1. They haven't asked for, - OR - 2. They haven't given you permission to send.

So what do you do? Simple. Ask for permission. You can call them, email them, or write them a letter.

Tell them who you are and what you want.

Nine times out of ten they will say yes. They will probably give you a code to type on the address label of your submission, so they know you're not that poor sap that ignored their policy and just sent it anyway.

And we all know what file that will end up in.

Remember, A&R execs (and their secretaries) are people. Normal people who just happen to work in the music industry.

Most of them are nice and polite, with spouses (hate that word!) and 3.5 kids.

And they need your songs.

Record That Latest Idea

In the words of Veruca Salt (from "Charley and the Chocolate Factory"): "Don't care how!"

Just do it!

I can't begin to tell you how many good (dare I say great?) song ideas have gotten away from me over the years.

All because I neglected to record them.

It doesn't matter if they're not ready, and it doesn't matter how they're recorded. What does matter is that you do record them.

In this day and age there is no excuse for not being able to preserve those new ideas. Get yourself one of those cheap hand-held recording devices and carry it around with you. Keep it charged and next to your bed at night.

If you think you'll remember your new idea on your own, you won't. If you neglect it, it will simply go and jump into someone else's head!

Don't let someone else take the credit for your genius.

Inspiring Quote Of The Month

"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." -Decca Recording Company rejecting the Beatles, 1962

This is one of my faves. Imagine how long and hard the guy that wrote this must have kicked himself! Ha! Hope he got sacked!

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

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