Recently, I was able to work for a client who is not only a client but also a part of our family. Connie Cassell Tuck (goes by “Connie Tuck” on iTunes) is a songwriter who lives in West Virginia. Connie is an experienced writer who penned a song that later became titled “Just What A Smile Can Bring.” I love working with lyricists and songwriters to help them take the words they have written and put music and melody to them.
As I work with more and more songwriters, I get asked this question: "How do I copyright my music, for real?" That's a good question and I do think it is important because it will raise the professionality of you as a songwriter (or band). Even in today's ecosystem, you still do need to officially copyright your songs and register them with the United States government. I was recently helping one of my songwriters copyright her songs and I decided to document the process and post it for anyone else that is considering the same thing.
“What do I do once I record my music?” This is the essential question I get asked a lot because most of the musicians I am working with are newer to the music industry. Even my experienced musicians do not have lot of time to look into all the next steps, because they are busy making music.
I decided to put all of the experience that I have gained in regards to this question here in one blog post, so that it can be a helpful reference for all of my musician friends. This is not an exhaustive list of tools.
The music industry is a people industry. Connecting with people that want to make great music is part of the reason I love doing what I do. Often times my wife will joke about how I become really good friends with my clients because creating music together is an intimate process and the time spent together creatively can really lead to close friendships. This was, and still is, the case with Jeff Canada.
I have a long history with Country music. Growing up in south Houston, we grew up around one of the largest rodeos in the country. Therefore, in our family van, if we weren’t listening to contemporary Christian radio we were definitely listening to country. Back then it was artist like Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Brooks and Dunn, etc.
Often times, as a songwriter or musician, the songs we create are first created in our mind. We have a vision for them far in advance to us actually booking studio time. Such was the case with Ben and Nina Carpenter. Well, Ben more than Nina. And if you know Ben and Nina, that’s funny, because Ben has never released music of his own and Nina has a history recording albums and even touring.
Making a song, for any songwriter or producer, is part mysterious and part science. There are times when inspiration hits and we primarily just go with our gut. But equally important, there is a common process that most people do not clearly think about. I often get asked by my new clients how long it takes to make one song. Many people underestimate what it takes to go through this process, so in an effort to help my audience understand my process, I wanted to outline what it takes to take a song from scratch to fully mastered.
Making music is pretty much my dream job. Making music with friends is pretty much...well, whatever is better than a dream job. AJ has a been a valued friend of Aaron and myself for a while, so when he came to us about recording a brand new acoustic EP, we were really excited. AJ’s vision for this EP was to create a collection of songs that really tapped into his singer-songwriter side.