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

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MAJOR LABEL MISHAPS

The record deal rainbow does not necessarily lead to a pot of gold

There are songwriters who are also excellent performers. Many of these writers dream of lining their walls with their own gold records. It’s a worthy dream, but getting there can be a nightmare.

If your goal is to get signed by a major record label, what does that mean to you as a songwriter? Some writers develop a case of tunnel vision, which leads to self-limiting decisions. Case in point, Billy Steinberg’s illuminating story:

I had a band and I kept doing these demos to try to get a deal as an artist. But all these A&R people would say, “We have such-and-such an artist on our label and we’d like to have him cut this song.” I was always disappointed ...

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