Success, Drip By D.R.I.P.

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Brent is a hit songwriter with cuts by Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Lady Antebellum, Joe Nichols, Gord Bamford, Ray Stevens, and more.  He’s written a top 5 hit in the US and a #1 in Canada… so far.

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Success is not an overnight explosion- regardless of how an “overnight success” might be viewed by others.  No, success is usually more like water wearing away a stone, drip by drip.  It’s little things making a big difference over time.

So let’s look at the DRIP method of success:

D – Discipline

It’s doing the difficult things, things which require discipline in the first place. It’s getting up early to write.  Or skipping your XBOX time to work on some new chord progressions.  It’s making that uncertain phonecall.

R – Repetition

It’s the repetition of doing the right things consistently- not just once or sporadically.  It’s doing the right things over and over again, day after day, month after month, and year after year.

I – Integrity

Being dishonest or dishonorable might win in the short term (sometimes).  But the music business is a relationship business, and word will get around.  If you don’t have integrity- if people don’t feel they can trust you, you will become isolated, and you won’t have those important strong relationships.

P – Purpose

Purpose is two-fold.  First, you need to know why you’re running this marathon.  If you don’t have a strong sense of purpose, it’s very easy to quit.  Secondly, you must act with purpose.  Keeping your purpose (goals, etc.) in mind helps you figure out what the important tasks are- the tasks which require disciple, repetition, and integrity.

God Bless,

Brent

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As a way to say “thank you” to all of you who subscribe to Man vs. Row by email, I’m going to give away some cool stuff in July (2014). If you subscribe to MvR, I’ll send you a free report, “10 Things The Pro Knows.” I’ll also send you the guitar/vocal of “Crickets,” which is the title track of Joe Nichols’ current album. You’ll get to hear the song as Joe heard it when he decided to record it. You’ll also receive the lyric file of the song- and this lyric file includes “Baxter’s Boneyard” – all the lines that DIDN’T make it into the song (see if you agree with our choices). It’s something nobody else has seen, and I think it’s pretty cool. But, again, this gift is only for those who subscribe to Man vs. Row by E-MAIL. These gifts will be sent by email, so if I don’t have your email address, I can’t send it to you. God Bless!

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Writing With A Hit Songwriter Is NOT A Magic Bullet

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Brent is a hit songwriter with cuts by Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Lady Antebellum, Joe Nichols, Gord Bamford, Ray Stevens, and more.  He’s written a top 5 hit in the US and a #1 in Canada… so far.

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Hey, ya’ll! At the bottom of today’s post, I’m going to let you know about some free stuff I’m giving away to all of you great Man vs. Row subscribers.  Now, on to today’s post…

I know as a (former) amateur songwriter hoping to go pro how easy it is to think that writing with a hit songwriter could solve everything. It’s tempting to think that just by getting in a room with a pro that it’ll change your world and you’ll be on your way to a hit. Well, let me tell ya something…

I ALWAYS have a hit songwriter in the room … ME … and most of my songs still don’t get cut.

Sure, there are advantages to writing with a pro or a signed artist, but there is no magic bullet. Not if you want to build a songwriting career. Sure, you may get into a room to “write up” with a hit writer. And you might even write a really good song. But one really good song doesn’t mean much in the long run (read more about this in my post “The Song.”)

Sure, there are ways to be wise and efficient and give yourself a better chance of success, but there is no escape hatch that lets you avoid hard work- not if you want to be great over the long haul.  So pack a lunch and plan for this to take a while.  Work hard, work smart, and enjoy the journey.

God Bless,

Brent

MAN VS. ROW… LIVE!

I’m excited to be speaking on song idea discovery and development at the 2014 Songwriting And Music Business Conference in Nashville, TN!  Click the image below to find out more.  I’d love to see you there!

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FREE GIFT

As a way to say “thank you” to all of you who subscribe to Man vs. Row by email, I’m going to give away some cool stuff in July (2014).  If you subscribe to MvR, I’ll send you a free report, “10 Things The Pro Knows.”  I’ll also send you the guitar/vocal of “Crickets,” which is the title track of Joe Nichols’ current album.  You’ll get to hear the song as Joe heard it when he decided to record it.  You’ll also receive the lyric file of the song- and this lyric file includes “Baxter’s Boneyard” – all the lines that DIDN’T make it into the song (see if you agree with our choices).  It’s something nobody else has seen, and I think it’s pretty cool.  But, again, this gift is only for those who subscribe to Man vs. Row by E-MAIL.  These gifts will be sent by email, so if I don’t have your email address, I can’t send it to you.  God Bless!

YOU VS…

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Today Is YOUR Day!

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Brent is a hit songwriter with cuts by Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Lady Antebellum, Joe Nichols, Gord Bamford, Ray Stevens, and more.  He’s written a top 5 hit in the US and a #1 in Canada… so far.

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Hey, ya’ll! At the bottom of today’s post, I’m going to let you know about some free stuff I’m giving away to all of you great Man vs. Row subscribers.  Now, on to today’s post…

I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for being part of the MvR community and especially for joining the conversation by leaving a comment or question on a post or by putting your creativity on display with Wordplay Thursday.  It’s always such a good feeling to see that something I’ve written has prompted some sort of response, whether a “thank you,” a followup question, or even a disagreement.  So, again, thank you.

I want today to be all about you.

Though I know some of you from “the real world,” I’d love it if you’d take a moment to post a comment and introduce yourself.  Tell us anything you’d like us to know- if you’re a songwriter or singer/songwriter (or neither), how long you’ve been writing, day job vs. full-time creative, goals, genre, a bit about your musical journey, or family life.  Tell us whatever you want.  And feel free to leave a link to your website if you have one.

Today, let’s celebrate you.

God Bless,

Brent

FREE GIFT

As a way to say “thank you” to all of you who subscribe to Man vs. Row by email, I’m going to give away some cool stuff in July (2014).  If you subscribe to MvR, I’ll send you a free report, “10 Things The Pro Knows.”  I’ll also send you the guitar/vocal of “Crickets,” which is the title track of Joe Nichols’ current album.  You’ll get to hear the song as Joe heard it when he decided to record it.  You’ll also receive the lyric file of the song- and this lyric file includes “Baxter’s Boneyard” – all the lines that DIDN’T make it into the song (see if you agree with our choices).  It’s something nobody else has seen, and I think it’s pretty cool.  But, again, this gift is only for those who subscribe to Man vs. Row by E-MAIL.  These gifts will be sent by email, so if I don’t have your email address, I can’t send it to you.  God Bless!

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Wordplay Thursday #38

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Hey, ya’ll! At the bottom of today’s post, I’m going to let you know about some free stuff I’m giving away to all of you great Man vs. Row subscribers. Now, on to today’s post…

Here’s a writing prompt for you. It’s a simple fill-in-the-blank. You can use one word or several. Feel free to get as crazy, genre-appropriate, or as imaginative as you want. The point is to get the creative juices flowing. And it’s a good thing to dig deeper, so don’t stop at the first idea that hits you. Try coming up with at least five things.

“She’s as generous as __________.”

I’ll give you an example to get you started:

“She’s as generous as a raincloud during hurricane season.”

I’d love to hear what you come up with, so please share in the comments. Oh, and please keep your posts below an R-rating. It’s a family show, after all!

SHOUT OUT!

Thanks to everyone for your great additions to Wordplay Thursday #37 (read it here)! Great job!

FREE GIFT

As a way to say “thank you” to all of you who subscribe to Man vs. Row by email, I’m going to give away some cool stuff in July (2014). If you subscribe to MvR, I’ll send you a free report, “10 Things The Pro Knows.” I’ll also send you the guitar/vocal of “Crickets,” which is the title track of Joe Nichols’ current album. You’ll get to hear the song as Joe heard it when he decided to record it. You’ll also receive the lyric file of the song- and this lyric file includes “Baxter’s Boneyard” – all the lines that DIDN’T make it into the song (see if you agree with our choices). It’s something nobody else has seen, and I think it’s pretty cool. But, again, this gift is only for those who subscribe to Man vs. Row by E-MAIL. These gifts will be sent by email, so if I don’t have your email address, I can’t send it to you. God Bless!

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God Bless,

Brent

Win The Song, Lose The Cowriter

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Brent is a hit songwriter with cuts by Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Lady Antebellum, Joe Nichols, Gord Bamford, Ray Stevens, and more.  He’s written a top 5 hit in the US and a #1 in Canada… so far.

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Hey, ya’ll! At the bottom of today’s post, I’m going to let you know about some free stuff I’m giving away to all of you great Man vs. Row subscribers.  Now, on to today’s post…

When you write with an artist, whether a local artist or a major-label artist, don’t be so focused on getting a great song that the artist has a terrible time.  Yes, you want to write the best song possible, but you don’t want to lose the cowriting relationship over it.  Think long-term.

Remember that not all artists are natural writers who are in it for the grind of the song.  However, some artists ARE writers and are willing to take as much time as they need for the song to get right.  It’s important to pay attention to which type of artist is in the writing room with you.

If the artist is really digging what you’re working on, be careful about grinding so hard for perfection that the artist hates your face by the end of the day.  This is especially true on your first cowrite.  Do your homework- bring in a strong idea or melody, but most of all… be likable!  I believe you’ll have a better chance of getting back on the books with the artist with a good song and a great time than with a great song and an awful time.  ‘Cuz even if you push to something great (but the artist thinks you’re a jerk), he is likely to avoid you in the future.  There are just other people the artist can work with that are both really good writers AND a really good hang.

I’m not talking about being an insincere suckup.  Just make sure both the song and the experience of writing the song are both as enjoyable as possible.

God Bless,

Brent

FREE GIFT

As a way to say “thank you” to all of you who subscribe to Man vs. Row by email, I’m going to give away some cool stuff in July (2014).  If you subscribe to MvR, I’ll send you a free report, “10 Things The Pro Knows.”  I’ll also send you the guitar/vocal of “Crickets,” which is the title track of Joe Nichols’ current album.  You’ll get to hear the song as Joe heard it when he decided to record it.  You’ll also receive the lyric file of the song- and this lyric file includes “Baxter’s Boneyard” – all the lines that DIDN’T make it into the song (see if you agree with our choices).  It’s something nobody else has seen, and I think it’s pretty cool.  But, again, this gift is only for those who subscribe to Man vs. Row by E-MAIL.  These gifts will be sent by email, so if I don’t have your email address, I can’t send it to you.  God Bless!

YOU VS…

Anything you’d like to add or ask?  Leave a comment!  Are there any topics  you’d like to see addressed in a future MvR post?  Thanks!

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Brent’s Twitter: @Razorbaxter

Brent Baxter Music:  http://www.brentbaxtermusic.com

Things I Say “No” To

 

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Brent is a hit songwriter with cuts by Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Lady Antebellum, Joe Nichols, Gord Bamford, Ray Stevens, and more.  He’s written a top 5 hit in the US and a #1 in Canada… so far.

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Hey, ya’ll! At the bottom of today’s post, I’m going to let you know about some free stuff I’m giving away to all of you great Man vs. Row subscribers.  Now, on to today’s post…

Two weeks ago, I discussed where I say “yes” to putting my time.  You can read it by clicking <HERE.>  Here’s the flip side of that coin – the things that maybe I used to say yes to, but now I usually can’t.  And none of these things are bad in and of themselves.  I just can’t say “yes” to everything.  This list might be useful when you’re deciding where to spend YOUR time.

1. Unsigned artists.

So few artists ever get signed, and I have so little time, that I just can’t invest for a few years on something with so little chance of success – especially when it would mean taking up time I could be spending with a signed artist.  I wish I could write when more unsigned artists (I know some great ones), but I just can’t right now.  A few exceptions are a couple of close friends (who rock, work their backsides off and cut our songs).

2. Random cowrites.

I’ve had to put off writing with several of my regular cowriters because of time constraints- friends with whom I expect to get good results.  So it sure doesn’t make sense to sit down with a stranger- unless I have good reason to think they fit one of the things that make me say “yes.”

3. Non-commercial songwriting.

I’m trying to earn enough in royalties to “buy” my way back into full-time writing.  I have to focus on where I have the best chance to make the most money.

4. Mentoring.

I enjoy teaching (and the per-hour income is good), but I have to think long-term.  And, long-term, I’m gonna win if I spend my time writing songs that get cut.  So, unfortunately, I can’t do as much mentoring as I’d like.  That’s where “Man vs. Row” comes in- it allows me to share my knowledge and experience with a lot of people in a way that works with my schedule.

It’s not easy to say “no.”  There are times I feel like a jerk, and there are probably people who think I AM a jerk for saying “no.”  But I can’t let that determine my decisions.  I have to do what’s best for me and my family in the long-term.  And let me be clear- what you might want to say “no” to is not necessarily going to be the same things I say “no” to.  Each situation is different.   If you’re going to be successful (and as you become more successful), you’re going to have to say, “no,” too.  Just try and be honest and graceful when you have to turn down an opportunity.

God Bless,

Brent

YOU VS…

Anything you’d like to add or ask?  Leave a comment!  Are there any topics  you’d like to see addressed in a future MvR post?  Thanks!

FREE GIFT

As a way to say “thank you” to all of you who subscribe to Man vs. Row by email, I’m going to give away some cool stuff in July (2014).  If you subscribe to MvR, I’ll send you a free report, “10 Things The Pro Knows.”  I’ll also send you the guitar/vocal of “Crickets,” which is the title track of Joe Nichols’ current album.  You’ll get to hear the song as Joe heard it when he decided to record it.  You’ll also receive the lyric file of the song- and this lyric file includes “Baxter’s Boneyard” – all the lines that DIDN’T make it into the song (see if you agree with our choices).  It’s something nobody else has seen, and I think it’s pretty cool.  But, again, this gift is only for those who subscribe to Man vs. Row by E-MAIL.  These gifts will be sent by email, so if I don’t have your email address, I can’t send it to you.  God Bless!

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If you like this blog, don’t miss a single post!  Subscribe by putting your email in the “Follow Man vs. Row via E-mail” section on this page.  It’s either in the upper righthand corner or down below.   Also, please share this blog with anyone you think would benefit from it.  I appreciate it when you share it on Twitter, Facebook, and anywhere else.  Thanks!

Brent’s Twitter: @Razorbaxter

Brent Baxter Music:  http://www.brentbaxtermusic.com

Wordplay Thursday #37

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Here’s a writing prompt for you. It’s a simple fill-in-the-blank. You can use one word or several. Feel free to get as crazy, genre-appropriate, or as imaginative as you want. The point is to get the creative juices flowing. And it’s a good thing to dig deeper, so don’t stop at the first idea that hits you. Try coming up with at least five things.

“She looks as good as __________.”

I’ll give you an example to get you started:

“She looks as good as a winning lottery ticket.”

I’d love to hear what you come up with, so please share in the comments. Oh, and please keep your posts below an R-rating. It’s a family show, after all!

SHOUT OUT!

Thanks to Matt Martoccio, Andrew Cavanagh, Kenny Klausman, Mike, Barney Coulter, Tim Bell, Byrl Johnson, Linda Mckenzie, Cathy, Janet Goodman, Rich Mahan, Tommy Kib, Jerry Childers, Theresa, Eric Penn, and Lupe for your great additions to Wordplay Thursday #36 (read it here)! Great job!

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Twitter: @Razorbaxter

Facebook: http://www.brentbaxtermusic.com

God Bless,

Brent