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

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SELF-SUNG DEMO HERO

Avoid singing the demo yourself; hire a dynamite singer

Clothes may or may not make the person, but lead vocals definitely do make the demo. We know you love to sing your songs. Living in Nashville, we have the luxury of being able to go out any night and hear the writers of amazing songs singing their own creations. We revere these people as national treasures for the contributions they have made to our culture.

Once in a while, a great songwriter performs who can barely sing. You love them all the more for getting up in front of so many people to display their vulnerability and love for what they do. But when these writers make demos of their songs, you can bet they don’t sing on them. Barry Mann can sing (who can ...

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