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

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DON’T SAY NOTHING BAD ABOUT MY BABY

Learn to accept feedback on your songs

We are always amazed by the incredible amount of creativity and care songwriters put into their work. We know how much it takes to pull lyrics, melody, and chords out of the ether. As novelist Thomas Berger said, “Why do writers write? Because it isn’t there.” A tremendous amount of thought and effort is involved in the creation of a song. It’s no wonder that many songwriters regard their songs as extensions of themselves. The song is not just scribbles on paper and notes in the air; it’s your baby. You don’t want anyone to tell you your baby’s ugly. “Honest criticism is hard to take,” said Franklin P. Jones, another author, “particularly from a relative, friend, ...

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