I’m so jazzed! In the last hour:
I’ve made plans to go to the music studio while the vocalist Allyson Paige allysonpaige.com sings the song “No More Secrets/No More Lies” that Denis Loiseau and I co-wrote. We’re having a demo of the song created professionally. I’ve been in music studios before, but never while one of our songs is being produced. That’s because our prior songs were produced in Nashville studios about 3,000 miles from where I live and this one is being produced in a Bay Area studio. The music tracks have already been laid, but as a lyricist my primary focus is on the vocalist so I’m really looking forward to hearing her bring the song to life.
I also made plans to go to the West Coast Songwriters conference that is happening this weekend. At it we’ll have the opportunity to present our song to music industry execs from television, Hollywood, Nashville, and around the country. We’ll get their feedback and suggestions for possible improvements. If they like it enough, one or more of them might “pick it up” (take it back to their companies to see if they might be able to use it on current or future projects or shows.) It is quite a compliment for an exec to pick up a song and most or all of the songs on which Denis and I have collaborated have been picked up by one or more music industry execs.
In general, relatively few songs get picked up, and while having one picked up is a critical first step, it is only the first of many steps in a very long process. Very few picked up songs are ever “cut” (produced and distributed by the bigger names in the music industry). “Cut” usually equals $$. The odds are daunting for even the most accomplished songwriters, but for me it’s all about the adventure, so I win every time.
If we like how the song demo turns out enough, Denis and I may even release it on our own via the song sale sites on the internet. That will be a whole new experience and adventure for us.