The goal of Man vs. Row is to help you think and write like a pro songwriter.
Welcome to Man vs. Row!
The purpose of MvR is to help you turn pro. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned about being a pro songwriter in my 10-plus years in the music business, it’s that being a pro doesn’t start with your first cut or your first publishing deal. It doesn’t even start with your first hit. Being a pro songwriter starts with thinking and acting like a pro. Cuts are just the result.
A great place to start, along with the blog, is with my FREE ebook, “Think Like A Pro Songwriter!” In this book, I share many of the mindsets that have helped me get cuts by Alan Jackson (the top 5 hit “Monday Morning Church”), Lady Antebellum, Randy Travis, Joe Nichols, Gord Bamford (the #1 Canadian single and Single of the Year, “When Your Lips Are So Close”), and more. Songwriting is a tough business, and I want to help you turn pro. Are you serious about your songwriting? Sign up, get the free download, and start thinking like a pro songwriter today!
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This blog is an extension of my experience in the music business. Mainly, I’ve been a songwriter- I’ve been blessed to have publishing deals and to have my songs recorded by some incredible artists. I’ve spent countless hours in the writing room with just about every kind of writer: the newbie, the artist-writer, the writer-artist, the commercial writer, the non-commercial writer, and even a Nashville Songwriting Hall of Fame member or two, and I’ve picked up some helpful information along the way.
I’ve worked on the administration/royalty/licensing side of a publishing company. I’ve also done hundreds of hours of mentoring with aspiring songwriters both on my own and with Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). While writing is my first love, sharing what I’ve learned about songwriting is a lot of fun and pretty fulfilling, too.
It’s my hope that MvR will be helpful to everyone from the songwriting novice to the seasoned pro. Topics will range far and wide- business, craft, inspiration, writing prompts, and whatever else catches my interest. As of this writing, I think I’ll post twice a week- a topical blog on Tuesday, then “WordPlay Thursday,” which will be some sort of writing prompt- something to get the creative juices flowing.
So, thanks for stopping by. If something you read here is helpful, please pass it along to someone else. Maybe even leave a nice comment. If there’s a topic you’d like for me to address, drop me a comment about that, too. Thanks.