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RC Bergeron / Blog

Sound Quality

I have done a lot of reading about songwriting, as I try to keep up to speed with todays techniques and standards. Something has changed along the way as far as I can see. I think we've all heard stories about the song that was written on a napkin in a restaurant and presented to an artist with an acoustic track and nothing more, and the song went on to be a hit. I've had a couple songs evaluated and in both cases the emphasis seemed to be on the sound quality of the recording, and less on the quality of the song. If my main goal is to create a recording to be presented to someone by a publisher, to be re-recorded, does the original recording have to be radio perfect, even though it was not meant to be a radio quality recording?

Great Songs

Great songs come from someone who is writing from the heart. My song Free Today is just that. Its about me sitting at an office job all day and wanting to know how to break free.

RC Bergeron
RC Bergeron  (about 1 year ago)

Hey Opus,

I do agree with what you are saying. I am constantly reading and taking lessons to improve my songwriting craft and musicianship. I am reading a 7 book series called the Essentials of songwriting right now. I have also taken several courses up to this point, but I still have a long way to go .Songwriting takes a lot of skill and you have to be a solid musician no doubt about it. But it doesn't hurt to have some feeling behind your music. In fact having feeling behind your music is the difference between having a song that stirs emotion in people and not sounding like a robot or computer generated song. I also agree the commercial stuff we are hearing these days is mostly garbage. As far as singing goes, try telling Neil Young or many other great songwriters and performers that your vocals can't waiver even a small amount. Even the great Mick Jagger is not a skilled singer, but he is a great frontman and puts a ton of emotion into his work.