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getting out there and letting your songs be heard

written by Matt Dorman on February, 08, 2010, 12:25 AM. Comments: 4

I've told every writer I've met who asks me how to make it as a songwriter that they need to be their own best advertisement agency, unless they have one. You have to be the one who spreads the word about your songs, joining whatever groups, websites, organizations, or whatever it takes to get known.

Another way is to be a performing songwriter. So what's that? Well, it's any songwriter who sings and can play an instrument, or can sing to track mixes of their songs.

It's tough for me. I'm not the best singer, or guitar player and really, that's not what I want to be. I want to be a famous songwriter. But in the absence of paying someone to sing my songs locally, or finding someone who is willing to do them for free, I'm it.

I perform at 2 venue's per month, at least. I have to rehearse my butt off, literally! If I don't stretch my voice before I perform; train wreck!
I might forget some of the words to my songs (since I'm old!) and therefore have to have them in front of me when I perform. Luckily, the places I perform allow that, or I'd be lost!

Then, hopefully, some night, when I'm singing my you-know-what off at a club, someone will walk in that can change my life. I live in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, so for me, that's not beyond reality. If you live in a small town, then you'll need to go to a bigger town, or one that has a heart for original songs. But first, try them out on that small town!

I remember a few trips to Nashville, where I performed at famous songwriter clubs like Douglas Corners, Nashville Palace, Bell Cove, The French Quarter, and more. I met some songwriters who had multi-platinum songs. I gave them cd's of my songs, and they heard me perform them.

Point is, the more irons in the fire, the more chance you'll burn the forest down! Go out there and sing to the masses! Sing to whomever will listen! Sing to your dog at first, if you have to. Sing in the shower. But whatever you do, don't give up, and be your best advertiser. Learn to play an instrument, take voice lessons, and do whatever it takes to get your songs heard.

Become a "Performing Songwriter". Sounds nice just saying it...


Tennessee Larue wrote on February, 08, 2010, 05:23 PM

This is good advice Matt,Starting in the music business in 1969,And producing music,And songwriter.You must spread the word about your music 24/7o like Matt said you will not make any progress in your song writing. Thanks Matt for sharing this. Larry Cox -aka-Tennessee Larue

Jan wrote on February, 12, 2010, 12:56 AM

This story is so true, never give up.., like this Dutchman...
Thanks Matt.
Jan of Holland

Kay wrote on February, 16, 2010, 09:47 AM

& you know my reaction because you are kind of special to me & have been for a while. I studied classical piano for 16 -18 yrs. I haven't got an ounce of talent & everything I ever did I had to fight for. Have cousins that play by ear - just sit down and do it. One married a bluesman with awards! Most of all, have fun with it - if you think your going to make a fortune doing it - wont happen, but enjoy what God gave you. Luv, You Matt.

Matt Dorman wrote on March, 18, 2010, 05:18 AM

Thanks Larue, Jan and Kay! I really appreciate your comments. It's a big dream with a big job. Never give up! I'm so glad you're reading my articles! I'll post more soon.

many blessings,

Matt Dorman


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