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    Quote Originally Posted by mjbphotos View Post
    You need a business plan (if you are serious about this).
    1) Identify your 'targets' - the people you want to sell songs to.
    2) Research the songs they currently use and where these come from.
    3)... you'll have to work out the rest of the plan yourself.
    I would start previous to #1 asking "what is your goal"?

    Part time musician playing small gigs for a bit of cash to support your music habit? Making a living with music? Becoming a hit artist?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Delmont View Post
    ...I write mostly blues, country, folk, mid-tempo rock, and Americana, whatever that is.

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    Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Tracy Chapman, Mark Knopfler, James McMurtry, Greg Brown?..
    Syle-wise, I'm getting more of a Zappa vibe. Kinda cool And I did pick up on a little Mark Knopfler in Cora, Cora.
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    I was in a dressing room with a well known recording artiste, prior to the show we were about to do. Someone came in with some post just arrived. A box of home made biscuits (cookies??), a couple of CDs, a USB stick, and some requests for the show - a birthday and a wedding anniversary. The show clearly had no unscripted moments to even try to do this stuff, with many sections a continuous segue into the next one - so these went straight into the bin without being read. The cookies were offered to everyone, who all shook their heads and ended up in the bin second, nobody wanting to eat food prepared by a stranger, and the CDs went in to the bin too - after reading the notes. Not even listened to. Oddly, the USB sticks went into his pocket - probably because they're always handy. If you write for big names then you need a contact to make sure they listen to it. He was in the wrong place - you don't waste your time on a tour doing one-nighters listening to random music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjbphotos View Post
    You need a business plan (if you are serious about this).
    Done.
    Quote Originally Posted by mjbphotos View Post
    1) Identify your 'targets' - the people you want to sell songs to.
    Done.
    Quote Originally Posted by mjbphotos View Post
    2) Research the songs they currently use and where these come from.
    Done.
    Quote Originally Posted by mjbphotos View Post
    3)... you'll have to work out the rest of the plan yourself.
    Done. The rest of the plan is creating something listenable for them to listen to.

    Good thoughts. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arina Marchello View Post
    I think you should write something interesting for people
    Dang! Now why didn't I think of that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delmont View Post
    Dang! Now why didn't I think of that!
    LOL! Good response.

    Who is that troll?...

    How are things going Delmont?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmys69 View Post
    LOL! Good response.

    Who is that troll?...

    How are things going Delmont?
    Going well! I've bagged the demo idea for now. Folks have agreed (me included) that the vocals aren't strong enough to carry it. So maybe in '19 I'll work on the vocals some more. Spent the demo money on a new dobro instead. Yee-ha!

    Meanwhile, been playing in a duo and trio that are both getting some paying gigs and with a trio and foursome with good intentions. (I sing better live.)

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    Nothing like a new instrument to inspire!

    Great to hear you are doing well. Best of gigs to you!

    Feel free to hit me up if you have any needs.

    Or just post on this forum, many of us are here to help as well as the few trolls or jerks that make snide comments... We ignore and/or delete them.

    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmys69 View Post
    Nothing like a new instrument to inspire!

    Great to hear you are doing well. Best of gigs to you!

    Feel free to hit me up if you have any needs.

    Or just post on this forum, many of us are here to help as well as the few trolls or jerks that make snide comments... We ignore and/or delete them.

    Cheers!
    Yup, I've noticed that this is a well-run forum.

    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delmont View Post
    Meanwhile, been playing in a duo and trio that are both getting some paying gigs and with a trio and foursome with good intentions. (I sing better live.)
    Honestly, if your plan is to record demos and somehow get stars to listen to them and record your songs, going about it by getting out there with a band and gigging your own songs yourself is probably a much better way to go about it. If nothing else because you'll get a lot of good feedback on the material from the audience (even passively, noting what gets an audience response and what doesn't), you'll grow as a musician, you'll have a lot of fun performing, and you may even make some money here and there. And, if you guys get a little bit of a local following, at that point you might happen to make a connection or two who might be able to get one of your songs into the hands of someone who might want to record it.

    It's still a crazy longshot though. That's an incredibly hard industry to crack into - if I were you, I'd just focus on getting your own band going and leave it at that.
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