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101 Songwriting Wrongs and How to Right Them by Pete Luboff, Pat Luboff

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NO SIR, THAT’S MY BABY

Don’t be reluctant to let go of a song because you’re saving it for your “artist deal”

For the songwriter who wants to be a performing artist, the moment of truth comes when someone else wants to record a song you’re saving for yourself. Tom Kelly puts the question this way: “Is somebody else going to do this song better than I can or should I hang onto it myself?”

Billy Steinberg remembers when he answered that question incorrectly:

I had a band called Billy Thermal and we were signed to Planet Records. At the same time, Kim Carnes and her producer, Val Garay, wanted to record a certain song of mine, “The Price I Pay.” I made a decision that I was saving this song for my own record. My own record was never released ...

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