Business Relationships

Top Single of 2013 – “Home” by Phillip Phillips

thThis picture here reminds me of the home I grew up in Odessa, Texas. It was a nice simple middle class brick home built to withstand the West Texas winds.

I am so thrilled that this song has won the Billboard top single of 2013. It reminds of that home. I am not surprised this won, as the publisher has done an awesome job of not only promoting it as a single, but using it on a tremendous amount of commercials. For the first half of the year it was practically HGTV’s theme song! It just goes to show you as a songwriter that if you write good solid lyrics and music that marries to the lyrics, that pull the entire audience into your song, it’s applicable through all kinds of sources.

This song was written essentially in what I call Form B. (You can check that out on my videos series “Big Bold Songwriting” soon to be on this website.) There’s a bit of change in the formula, but these songwriters know how to write and can change a bit to pulled the whole audience in and keep us there, to the very last note! Congratulations to GREG HOLDEN, ANDREW PEARSON, DREW PEARSON the songwriters!

By |December 29th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments|

Lyric Trash

thChris Brown has a new single that just dropped. I HIGHLY recommend you do NOT download it, or even listen to it. It’s just trash. It’s stinky. Check out the lyrics on a site like lyricmode.com (which does not give him or his label any money). You can look up “Loyal” lyrics by Chris Brown. If you just read what he has written, simply, it’s unbelievable to me. Clearly, this man is not finished with anger management. He is so angry at all women. Obviously, he is using his bully pulpit to propagate his lack of character, hate and judgement of women. If Justin Timberlake wrote this, he would be banned from music, called a racist, chauvinist, and white extremist!! This kind of rap has no place is excellent songwriting or music. Chris Brown is a sad, sad excuse for a human. I pray that he turns his life around to admiring and appreciating women. He could so use his platform to do good and build up all humanity. Right now, it’s just pitiful in the end.

By |December 17th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments|

Building Bridges

Bridge Building picIn the music business, every second, minute and hour in your head can be about building a bridge. For in the music business, it’s all about the relationships you make and maintain. It can be the life or death of your career.

A good example of bridge building working in a big way is Ryan Seacreast. His mentor was Dick Clark. Mr. Clark taught him to build on each job he landed. He taught him to be nice, “”Little things really do matter”. That leads to creating a team to have a long term future, which Seacrest has already started by his own production company producing the Kardashians, and other huge hit shows. Those who desire to be successful over many years learn early on that building relationship to relationship is the key. Ryan Seacreast is the new Dick Clark. Right now, he working on a new game show experience, entering into even another television category!

An example that is not working for the bridge building concept is Lindsay Lohan. Though a wonderful child actress, and into her early 20’s, she continues to destroy one relationship after another. The bridges she built through her solid behaviors in her early career and personal life continue to dwindle. In the midst of the constant drama in her personal and professional life, eventually the drama will fizzle out and she will be left with no one who believes in her enough to risk the financial investment it takes to run the course of a project. The she will have burnt one too many bridges in the end.

The fact of the matter is you never know who you will be sitting next to at any given time. I cannot tell you over the years the number of relationships that I have had for 10+ years (some 30+) that I have developed from meeting person on an airplane, at a café bar, at the post office, grocery store, gas station, etc. Just being nice, friendly, or listening builds a bridge to a relationship.

If you will notice, in this picture it shows one bridge connecting to another. That’s the way a song is. That’s the way the music business is. Actually, that’s the way life is. My friends, get to bridge building!

By |November 29th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments|