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More Tips For Getting Your Songs Placed In TV and Film

When writing songs for television and Film there are a number of points to consider. By anticipating what some of the general needs are you can greatly increase your odds of your music actually getting used. There are a number of factors to consider, today we'll look at two areas that are important to keep in mind when writing for television: 1) Subject Matter - Music in television and Film is used to enhance plotlines. Generally speaking songs are matched with scenes based on subject matter. The lyrical content of the music that you're pitching needs to make sense with the scene that your song is being considered for in order to get placed. I'm typically not writing for specific scenes or even specific TV shows for that matter. So how do I know what to write about? Well one very safe bet is to write songs about relationships. Think about it, almost all stories, be it in television or film, involve relationships. Whether someone is falling in love, falling out of love or longing for love - just like in our real lives, relationships are central to most plotlines. Turn on the radio and what are 90% of the songs about? That's right relationships - and usually romantic relationships. This is a very good area to start writing about when writing for general placements. 2) Production Quality - Although it's true that the production standards for music used in television isn't nearly as rigid as it is for studio albums, it's still very important. There is a lot of competition in this industry and like in any industry the best quality "product" rises to the surface. It is possible to submit great quality songs recorded in home studios that will get placed. As a matter of fact all of the songs I've had placed we're recorded in this manner. Most of them done in Pro Tools. However, in retrospect I've realized that most of my songs that have not been picked up were due to poor production quality. My publisher has confirmed this suspicion for me too. If you're not great at engineering and producing then find someone who is to work with. All of the songs I've had placed I've had someone else help me with the producing. It's not my forte and I know it! If you want more in depth information about how you can get your music in TV and Films, check out my program "The A-Z Of Music Licensing". I created this program about a year ago based on everything I've learned about the music licensing and music publishing business. I walk you through the exact steps I took to get started and I show you how you can do the same. I also cover the technical side of the industry, I go over things like how you get paid, how copyrighting works, how to present yourself professionally, how to record music on a budget and much, much more! The program also comes with an updated directory of WHO to send your music to. There are over 2,600 listings for publishers, supervisors, music libraries, etc... You won't find a more comprehensive program on the topic of music licensing. The A To Z Of Music Licensing- My original program on music licensing that includes The 2014 TV and Film Music Business Directory, How To Audio Program, A Songwriter's Guide To Music Licensing Ebook, Several Audio Interviews with music licensing professionals, Sample Contracts and much more. The entire program is accessible online upon checkout. More info: http://www.howtolicenseyourmusic.com/the-a-to-z-of-music-licensing.php For a complete list of all my products and services visit my product page here: http://www.howtolicenseyourmusic.com/online-store.php Good luck And Happy Songwriting! Aaron Davison www.howtolicenseyourmusic.com

COOKING A SONG THAT FALLS FLAT

By Charlie Griffin There is a fine line on what becomes popular in music. There is something about the song, the lyrics, music, performance or maybe just a hook of something. But the song has that “it” quality. Yet many artists love to cook a song thinking it will catapult them to the top overnight. Sad that is not true. So as an artist you do walk a very fine line in songwriting, arranging, staging, and recording and even in thought. Here are some ingredients to cause your song cooking to fall flat. 1. Long intros — Ever heard the saying, “Don’t bore us; get to the chorus?” It’s not opera! You don’t need an overture. It’s gospel, country or pop music. If your intro is longer than 15 seconds, it better be interesting. Rule of thumb, you lose people on any song within the first 30 seconds in person or radio. When you hear it answer the one question, “Does it catch my attention?” 2. Making the song too difficult to perform — “Because that’s how I wrote It” is a terrible reason to keep performing a song in a certain way if it’s simply not working. Find the right key so the singer can hit all the notes comfortably. Find the right tempo so the drummer can keep up. Take out some of the weird jazz structures if your guitarist can only play bare chords. Either do those things or find a different band. Fact, if a vocalist and the band are not able to compliment and feel each other’s intent, it is a train wreck waiting to happen. Note about changing a song’s key: if transposing is too hard for you as an instrumentalist, just hit the “transpose” button on your keyboard or put a capo on your guitar. It’ll be worth it. Refer to the Rule of Thumb; you lose people on any song within the first 30 seconds in person or radio. When you hear it answer the one question, “Does it catch my attention?” 3. Crappy sound — Low-fidelity CAN be charming, but that’s an exception to the rule. Make sure you capture the highest quality sound, and make sure whatever instrument is creating that signal sounds good too. All instruments are in tune. Vocalists are singing songs that are arranged and in key that is flattering. (Do not sing or record songs in the same two or three keys. Try to find that one key for that song that showcases your abilities.) Make sure your PA system is tweaked to give you the best and optimum sound in any concert hall or venue. Refer to the Rule of Thumb; you lose people on any song within the first 30 seconds in person or radio. When you hear it answer the one question, “Does it catch my attention?” 4. Song forms that lose the listener — The pleasure in most music is about ebb and flow of the song or tension and release. In order to have a sense of surprise, you need to establish familiarity. If your song defies traditional song structures, or keeps switching instrumentation every 30 seconds, or never repeats any lyrics, you’re probably gonna confuse a lot of people, and not in a good way. On the flip side, if your song is overly repetitive and never strays from what’s familiar, it’s going to turn into an audio snooze-fest. In short refer to the Rule of Thumb; you lose people on any song within the first 30 seconds in person or radio. When you hear it answer the one question, “Does it catch my attention?” 5. Weird breakdowns — Maybe YOU’RE bored with your song already, but nobody else has heard it yet. No need to get all avant-garde on us and kill the momentum. Listen around the 1:50 mark of this otherwise catchy song. Does this turn-around match, compliment or does it sound like a train wreck waiting to happen? Yeah, don’t do that turn around; find something that works.

The Importance Of Following Up In The Music Licensing Business

A Guest Post by Aaron Davison of How To License Your Music.com I've touched on the importance of following up with music licensing professionals a lot in previous newsletters. Today I want to dig deeper into this topic and drive home this point even further. A couple days ago I interviewed Aaron Bethune, the founder of Play It Loud Music, for members of my marketing service, Renegade Music Marketing. During my interview with Aaron he made the point very clearly that you have to follow up after making initial contact with him or anyone else. As Aaron explained, he receives so many emails on a daily basis that by the end of the day if he hasn't gotten back to you, your email is probably so far down in his inbox that it's possible he's completely forgotten about it. Aaron explains that your initial contact is like planting a seed, but that you have to follow up to see anything come of your initial efforts. This is completely aligned with my experience. I've told the story before about the first song I signed to my previous publisher. I sent her several tracks and heard nothing back for about six weeks. I assumed (incorrectly so) that her lack of response was an indication that she wasn't interested. I had all but given up on anything coming from the music I sent but decided on a whim to send her a quick follow up email. I heard back from her within an hour and had a contract for my music mailed to me about two days later and about three weeks after that had my first song on national television. As Aaron Bethune explained in our interview, when you make initial contact with someone, it might just not be the right time. Maybe they're busy with another project and don't have time to respond to you. Maybe they're working on a project that you're just not a good fit for. It could be a number of different things, but for a variety of reasons, you won't always hear back from people right away. If you make it a practice to always follow up with people, in my estimate, you can probably, at a minimum, double your success in this industry. In a perfect world it would be great if everyone responded right away and got back to you explaining exactly what they thought and what you should do and so on. But we don't live in a perfect world and keep in mind that there are multiple songwriters contacting the same publisher, supervisor, etc... It's hard to get back to everyone. There are only so many hours in a day! So go above and beyond and not only plant a seed by contacting someone but, to continue the analogy, water the seed and make sure your intitial contacts grows into an actual conversation. That's how you move forward in the music business! Until Next Time.... Happy Songwriting! Aaron Davison

How to Live a Good Christian Life

Follow Jesus's example at all times . Follow Jesus' (the Son of God) greatest commandment: Love God completely and everybody even if they treat you wrongly whether you know them or not. Jesus said "love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you" Jesus says in John 13:15, "I have given you an example, that as I have done, so should you do." In I Corinthians 11:1, Paul says, "Imitate me as I imitate Christ." Ephesians 5:1 says, "Be imitators of God as dear children." Also many Believers are "empty, swept and garnished" (Matthew 12:44) by lukewarm Christian Doctrines. If you just go to church, you will be a weak Christian and trials will make havoc of your life. But if you go to church and read the Word every night, you will be a strong Christian. Most Christians do not read the Bible every day, so if all you do is go to Church you will be a weak Christian. A few Christian building passages are Proverbs 8:17-21. Psalms 1:1-3. John 14:21-27. James 1:2-8. I Thess 5:16-18. II Timothy 1:6-7, Hebrews 8:6,10. Ephesians 6:10-18. Proverbs 4:20-23. http://www.wikihow.com/Live-a-Good-Christian-Life

Relaxed and Stress Free: By Brenda Kunneman

“Let Me calm the storms of life this day, says the Lord. For though there are things that would add excess pressure, know that there is a place in My throne room where tensions melt away and you shall feel relaxed and stress-free. Prophetic Scripture: He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still (Psalms 107:29). Sometimes life is a roller coaster of things to either complete or solve. Without realizing it, we can live under excess stress as we try to manage everything. The devil wants God’s people to unknowingly get caught up in the stress cycle. In John 16:33, Jesus said there will be tribulation. However, God’s people can have peace in the midst of it because Jesus is more powerful than this world. In other words, even in a stressful environment we can experience a supernatural calm from the Lord. It requires us to turn off our busy agenda sometimes and discipline ourselves to focus our minds only on the Lord. Without that, we will never experience reprieve from all the things that put pressure on us. The world practices all sorts of relaxation techniques, some good and others not so good. Yet their missing element is the supernatural element of the Holy Spirit that only comes from times of focusing only upon Him. So make sure today and every day that you are taking time with the Lord that isn’t all about asking for help or trying to figure everything out. Have times where you do nothing but sit back, take a deep breath, and reflect on how wonderful He is. God will surely meet you there, and all your tension will be forced to melt away! Prayer: Father, I place my thoughts on You today. I choose to set aside all my needs, circumstances, and the questions that add emotional stress to my mind. I thank You that You are calming every storm today. In Jesus’ Name, amen. Taken from The Daily Prophecy devotional book published by Destiny Image. For a complete collection of Brenda Kunneman's daily prophecies, click here to order The Daily Prophecy.

How to Prevent Vocal Cord Damage

A Guest Post by Linda Septien of Septien Entertainment Vocal StrainWhat does Adele, John Mayor, Keith Urban, and Stephen Tyler all have in common! All their careers came to HALT from serious vocal problems. Singing is a sport and the demands we put on our voices can be similar to a serious marathon runner and the stresses caused from daily grind of muscles. Adele who sold more than 10 million copies of “21” cancelled 17 US dates in the middle of tour to have laser surgery because of two hemorrhages on her vocal cords. In my practice, this is usually caused by pressing the cords night after night until they explode! The cords become SO fatigued from either pushing the voice or illness or doing both at the same time that the tiny blood vessels are at risk of breakage. Steven Tyler ScreamingStephen Tyler had the same reported problem. After Keith Urban discovered a vocal polyp on his cords, he cancelled his 2011-12 “Get Closer” tour and has been asked to remain quite for 3 months. Three months? Wow…when was the last time anyone could do that? ……much less a singer who makes money with the instrument inside our bodies. John Mayor condition pre surgery was diagnosed as granuloma…trauma to the vocal fold due to incorrect singing over and over and over…He has now quit singing until later this year. In my recent tour with Demi Lovato, I was amazed at how much she had to sing night after night. ………. songs, that required vocal dexterity with extensive range and loudness. My comment to her was that there was no way that any singer can sing night after night after night without resting every two days to regenerate vocal health. But since singers do NOT make money on recordings any more, one of their only revenue streams are tour support. Concerts are scheduled back-to-back to minimize costs but the golden goose is killed. As I have told my students many times…rock and pop singers have LESS problems than our fellow opera singers…they are shocked by this! As an opera singer, you are singing with a 400 piece orchestra behind you with NO microphone and after 3 hours of singing…well…the cords begin swelling, and then begin fighting the singer and then start beefing up for the next marathon. This can be good and bad…There are singers who can sing night after night and if they remain in good health they seem to have minimal problems with their cords. There are others in good health but two nights in a row and they are gone…gone …gone….You have to follow your body…some of it is just genetic and you are not going to change that. “I was finding myself working harder and harder to do what was once effortless, and having passed through puberty, I was surprised to hear my voice cracking.” Paul Stanley of KISS Like ALL medical issues, prevention is KEY….and less expensive than surgery. Ten Top Causes of Vocal Cord Problems 1. Repeated singing with no rests 2. Improper Nutrition 3. Smoking 4. Drug Use 5. Speaking over Noisy Environments 6. Improper voice training 7. Not enough lubrication before, during and after performance (the key is after!!!)

Fully Persuaded for a Miracle-By Brenda Kunneman

“Know that the presence of miracles rests over you. Don’t look to the left or the right and wonder if it will ever come to pass, for the Spirit says it’s time to look beyond logical circumstances and be fully persuaded for a miracle!” Prophetic Scripture: And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform (Romans 4:21). Abraham had within him the ability to believe in the miraculous without analyzing it. When God introduced Himself to Abraham in Genesis 12, He told him to move without even telling him exactly where to go, and Abraham packed his things without question. When God told him he would have a child, he believed what God said even when he and his wife were past childbearing. Then when Abraham finally gave birth to Isaac, his son, God told him to sacrifice Isaac upon an altar. Abraham didn’t question; he immediately took steps to obey until God interrupted him. He did so because God already promised that Isaac would be the seed to produce many sons (see Gen. 21:12; Heb. 11:13). Abraham so believed God’s words that he expected God to even raise Isaac from the dead if necessary (see Heb. 11:19)! Abraham had no proof other than a verbal promise. He remained fully persuaded even though it took 25 years from the time God first mentioned it until Isaac was born (see Gen. 12:2-4; 21:5). As you look for the miraculous things of God to occur, begin by believing God based on His verbal promises from Scripture. Keep rehearsing those promises in your heart. As you practice this just the way Abraham did, surely you will become fully persuaded for a miracle! Prayer: Father, I thank You that Your promises are reliable. I receive a miracle regarding _______________. I declare that I shall not be persuaded by circumstances but on Your biblical promises alone. I am fully persuaded for a miracle today! In Jesus’ Name, amen. -

3 Simple Tips for Getting Noticed In Today's Music Industry

https://musicclout.com Getting noticed as an unsigned independent artist is tough no matter what situation their in. Getting noticed by a people who matter is damn near impossible for most up and coming musicians, so this article will give you a few tips on how you can stand-out amongst the sea of other unsigned independent musicians in today’s music industry. Having a Great Product Hands-down the number one way to stand-out from other artists is to have a superior product. Making sure your demo/EP is the absolutely best it can be with both the writing and also the production should be at the top of any musicians list as with every release they put out. Building a Solid Fan-Base One of the first things A&R reps want to learn once they’re turned on to your music, is who else is turned on to it. A&R reps know that without the support of a large loyal fan-base, independent acts have a hard time making any real head-way with having an actual music career. So for independent acts, building and maintaining a large loyal fan-base should be a top priority in their overall strategy for getting noticed by A&R label reps Get In Their Face With well over five million independent musicians trying to make it in today’s industry, trying to organically stand-out is nearly impossible and sitting around waiting for A&R rep to knock on your door is most likely never going to happen. One thing technology did besides change the sales landscape for music sales forever, is to knock down the barriers previously in place before the rise of social media. Now, with just a few clicks of your mouse and a few creative words you can speak directly to the head of A&R at any record label regardless of the size. Independent artists should always put themselves in the face of any record label A&R that they have interests in signing with for all their releases or any other major event happening with their career. Sounds simple, but it’s actually a lot of work and therefore a barrier that most independent musicians will never break through. So if you’re independent musicians and have a great work ethic and consistently follow these three simple steps, you’re very likely to get the attention of any record label A&R rep.

What we need to live godly, meaningful, fulfilling lives

By Dr. Charles Stanley Ephesians 1:5-6 In Christ, believers possess everything they will ever need to live a godly, meaningful, fulfilling life. Your possessions include: The acceptance of God: While so many people, including believers, wrestle with the world to "measure up," God’s Word says that He has accepted us in the Beloved. What peace it brings to know that God approves of us—not through anything we’ve done or can do, but through the righteousness of Christ applied to us when we accepted Him as our Savior. He knew everything there was to know about you before you—including all your sins and faults—yet He still saved you. This is not a license to sin; to the contrary, it is liberation to live an obedient life before God. Eternal life: This is qualitative, not just quantitative. Eternal life means not only that you will live forever but also that you have the Spirit of God living inside of you. John 17:3 affirms, “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” Can you think of a more precious gift than for God to dwell within your heart? Access to God: Every other world religion commands a performance by the believer and offers no opportunity for a personal relationship with its deity. That’s because their deities do not really exist. But Jesus Christ lives, and we have access to God the Father through our great High Priest, to and through whom we communicate. It is because He lives that we can face tomorrow and can live truly godly, meaningful, and fulfilling lives.

Thank God for the Cross of Christ and All Its Benefits

For the full satisfaction which Christ made to the justice of God for the sin of man by the blood of his cross, for the purchases, victories, and triumphs of the cross, and for all the precious benefits which flow to us from the dying of the Lord Jesus. Herein indeed God shows his love to us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us, Romans 5:8(ESV) that we might be reconciled to him by the death of his Son. Romans 5:10(ESV) In this is love, not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins, 1 John 4:10(ESV) and not for ours only but for the sins of the whole world; 1 John 2:2(ESV) that he tasted death for everyone, Hebrews 2:9(ESV) that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil. Hebrews 2:14(ESV) We bless you that by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified; Hebrews 10:14(ESV) that he has finished transgression, put an end to sin, atoned for iniquity, and has brought in an everlasting righteousness. Daniel 9:24(ESV) That he has redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us. Galatians 3:13(ESV) That God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do, by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, who by a sacrifice for sin, condemned sin in the flesh. Romans 8:3(ESV) That he was wounded for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities; that upon him was the chastisement of our peace, and with his stripes we are healed; and that the LORD having laid upon him the iniquity of us all, Isaiah 53:5-6(ESV) it was his will to crush him and put him to grief. http://www.matthewhenry.org/

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