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Why Your Songs Suck And How To Overcome That.

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Ever wonder why most songs go nowhere?

Usually the artist is talented, but the truth is, they fail to focus on the key areas that make a song a hit.

According to professional songwriter Cliff Goldmacher, 80% of your songs success will come from less than 20% of the song.

What Really Matters

What do people remember most about a song?

Almost always its the catchy melody and chorus hook you can’t get out of your head.

We can drill down even further and argue the most important line in your song is the last line of the chorus. It’s the line most likely to be remembered as it’s often the last line in the song the listener will hear.

Too often, Caribbean artists focus most of their time and energy on the “riddim” and hardly enough on crafting an emotional storytelling lyric with a unique melody.  We tend to rely heavily on musical ability and are a bit lazier with melodies and lyrics because it’s just so fun to dig in and play something that feels and sounds good.

Time Tested Results

Krosfyah – Pump Me Up and Kevin Lyttle – Turn Me On are just a two examples of songs that are still played worldwide because of their singable lyrics and interesting melodies.

Just take a look at your copyright form next time you submit to any rights agency and you’ll notice something interesting. Only the writer of the lyrics and melody composer are needed to copyright the song and collect royalties.

No mention of the poor guy who slaved over that hot beat.

Focus On What Drives Success

Your time and talents are precious gifts which shouldn’t be wasted. If you’re goal is to make the most out of this career, spend the majority of your time perfecting your chorus hook and main melody line.

Your fans will thank you.

Keyboardist, Entreproducer, and founder of numusiczone.com. Craig's main focus is to help Caribbean artists earn the most revenue from their music.