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  1. 2 points
    100% agree with vocals being the single most important factor. Hence that's where I put most of my money when I bought gear for my studio, mic and pre amp, because, as said by the new polar music prize winners, nothing else matters. Good stuff Tom! Thanks for sharing.
  2. 1 point
    I agree. Spaces and the art of letting a song breath. I believe this is one of the toughest tasks in songwriting, especially when you're writing by yourself and don't have a band to rehearse with, then the problem will solve itself, your bandmates will simply tell you to shut the hell up. It's difficult to lean back, and naturally let the music fill out the spaces. A lot of songwriters, when it's time to let the music "speak", a time when you should really let the lyrics (and vocal melodies) sink in, hit panic mode and instead fill the musical parts with vocals. What happens then is that we feed the listener with too much vocal and lyrical information so we lose their interest. I've gotten better at it but I'm guilty of this myself in the past. That's the hardest part of arranging, you really need to step out of yourself to be able to focus on what the song wants and needs, not what you want or need. A big difference and usually makes wonders once a songwriter figure it out. Again, not saying I don't do it, just saying I'm more aware of it nowadays and that alone helps a ton. Thanks for sharing Paul. Good stuff! /Peter
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    Hi Paul Some good sound advice here, I will keep it in mind thanks mike
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    As you told me last year, Alistair, I am a fortunate man. This small avalanche of happenstance comes as a big surprise, however. Suddenly, I am being respected and asked to participate and lend my skills by others. But these guys are so far out of my league that I remain amazed by it and still feel secretly undeserving and unqualified and somewhat disbelieving. It all fills me with headily youthful enthusiasm and exuberance. Then I try a stroll down the street with that spring in my step and end up leaning on my cane to get my breath back before I reach the end of the block.
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    Fantastic, Lazz! It appears there is life in the old dog yet and a great new adventure is underway! Enjoy the ride!
  6. 1 point
    I copyrighted my first songs in 1984, I think. Think it was $15 (with a cassette) back then. My copyright certificates have come fairly quickly the last few times - usually within 2 months of registration.
  7. 1 point
    For sure, in the USA, the Copyright Office filing is the only sure thing when it comes to a court of law. (There are still people insisting the old 'certified mail to yourself and don't open it' method works) Yeah, the fee went from $35 to $55 at some point between 2014 and 2016. Recently they have also changed the rule for recordings - where before you just needed to send in an electronic copy (MP3) of the work, now, if you also offer physical copies for sale (CDs), you also have to mail in 2 copies of the CD.
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    Tom - you forgot Tip #6 - Don't Give Up Your Day Job! There are literally tens of thousands of people trying to make a name for themselves as a songwriter (let alone people who are not songwriters trying to make it as a performer). How many make a living at it? Copyright - this only applies in the USA, other countries are different . Copyright of a single song is $35, but if you want to copyright a whole album, you do it as a 'collection' and its $55.
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