Know how to deal with a song when there’s interest but you can’t find your collaborator
On a day like any other day, you get a call unlike any other. The caller wants to record your song. You sent a record company a CD two years ago, and unbeknownst to you, they have been holding it for consideration. Since this is the first time this song will be recorded, the record company needs you to issue a mechanical license. A mechanical license is a piece of paper that says they are permitted to mechanically reproduce your song on a CD, and they have to pay you x amount for each copy sold.
Your problem is that you wrote that song with Sam Songwriter four years ago. You never knew him well, and you have no idea where he is now. If ...