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

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BIG-BUDGET BLUES

Don’t spend too much money on one demo

The demo is an extremely important part of the songwriting process. It’s the only way to have your song heard by people in the music business. Someone might come to a club and hear you sing your song and say, “I love it.” But the next sentence will invariably be, “Give me a CD.” You cannot overestimate the importance of a good demo. Although there are still a few people in the music business who claim they can “hear” a song through a poorly produced demo, they are rare birds. There’s no getting around the necessity of making the best possible demo of your song.

You know this to be true, so you hire the philharmonic and a star vocalist who charges several thousand dollars. Don’t laugh! ...

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