So you packed up your guitar and some songs you wrote, looking to make it big in Nashville. Well, good for you. Just remember there’s probably a hundred or more just like you coming to Music City everyday with the same dream, like I did.

You’ve got the songs and the talent. Now here are some tips on how to be a hit songwriter in Nashville:

1. Be your own competition.

The first thing I tell everybody when they come here is, “You’re not in competition with anyone but yourself, so stay true to yourself.”

“You’re not in competition with anyone but yourself, so stay true to yourself.”

That doesn’t mean you can’t learn from other writers, but write about things that really mean something, like love and laughter, hate and sadness, drinkin’ and fightin’. It’s what I like to call furniture in the lyric, or things you can hear, taste, see, touch and smell and the what, when, where and why in the first verse.

One of the greatest examples of a song that does that is: “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” written by Bobby Braddock. In the first four lines you know the whole story.

“He stopped loving her today
They placed a wreath upon his door
And soon they’ll carry him away
He stopped loving her today”

Now that’s some kind of brilliant, so simple but so poignant.

2. Hang out where writers hang out.

Get out and network and play all the writer’s shows. There ain’t no money in it, but you’ll get to hear some hit songs and the songwriters who wrote them. You’ll meet a lot of new writers like yourself and just might end up writing a hit song with one of them.

3. No “girls” allowed.

For the love of God, please don’t put the word “girl” in your song; that is, unless you’re writing with a hit artist and it’s his idea and he’s gonna cut it!

Remember, it’s not all about the money, but it is about the money ‘cause there’s a reason why they call it the music business and not the music fun.

4. Show up and shine.

You got to show up to win. Don’t cancel a writing appointment because you’re hungover or want to sleep in with your girlfriend or boyfriend or both. You never know when brilliance is gonna strike, so be at the right place at the right time with the right idea and have a great attitude.

That’s the best advice I can give to anyone, so good luck…hope to see you on the charts.

Dave Gibson – Power of a Song.

Dave Gibson is available for live performances, music festivals, conventions, corporate and special events, and private parties.

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Contact Gina Ferraro at MediaMark Spotlight or call (941) 220-7469‬.‬

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