MAB here. I just sent you a response to your message. Let me know if it makes sense. Basically the old days of "I wrote this now you write music to it" are gone. It is now done by building those relationships, and until you can command some respect and reputation, it is very doubtful you are going to get that kind of response.
As long as you write lyrics that are "singable", have a good flow and meter, you shouldn't have any trouble finding musicians who are more than willing to co-write with you. If you are not a musician, I'd forget about trying to do the kariaoke thing, just write good lyrics and find you a musician co-writer. I've did over 50 songs this way and I'm kind of proud of most of them, there may be a few dogs in there, but even the dogs like to get out and play every now and then. Granted, most musician/writers who do the whole package usually won't be interested but I have found several good songwriters who do write and play their own songs who are more than willing to co-write with me. If those days are gone, nobody has told them yet. Just be willing to work with whomever you co-write with because no matter how good your lyrics may look to you, there usually will have to a few modifications to make them fit the music the musician comes up with. Just don't give them something that is not manageable because if it requires a major overhaul then it is usually not worth the effort on their part. As a matter of fact, I know of one singer/musician/songwriter who has his own demo studio in Nashville who will even demo your song for you if you just give him lyrics only, and I'm not talking about the Paramount song mill either, a reputable guy who has been around the business for some 20 years or so. If interested contact me. Best of luck on your musical journey.
"Suzanne" by Leonard Cohen started out in a book of poetry..
Shelly Holley said:Well, used to it is the one thing I'm pretty sure I am. I think it would be very interesting to know of a legendary song that did come from a lyracist first (if one exists). lol. I do like the thought of a "word pull" :) I bet two lyricists working together could have alot of fun with that one. Thank you so much for your thoughts on the matter Alex. Take care! Shelly
Alexander Stuart said:Shelly: Get used to it! Writers who play and sing will always have an advantage and will usually look down their noses at lyricists like us. Have you ever been to a guitar pull? You and I can not participate. No one ever holds a "word pull". If your lyrics are polished you will need to have a studio do the music. Until then, and probably even then, you will not likely garner any sincere respect.
I have a co-writer in Nashville who has "MS". Its severe, so all he can do is vocally write lyrics, and what a great lyricist he is!! He hears music in his head and relates that to his co-writers in session. I have the greatest respect for his God given talent. I believe in "Where theres a will theres a way" , and he's living proof of that. I kinda figure anyone who looks down thier nose at a writer because all they do is write lyrics or music , is loosing out on what can be a huge resource of knowledge and talent. Thats what co-writing is about isn't it? Pooling knowledge and talents to write better songs makes complete sense to me. I also believe that ego's have no place in this process, and anyone who "looks down" on another writer for any reason needs an attitude ajustment.
Just my humble opinion.....Peace, Ron
That was a very inspiring reply Ron. Thank you.
Hi Shelly my name is Bill and my answer to your question is in your question,
If you find your reward in what you do without going the extra mile (enjoy it)
If you have to ask then you probally have a desire to reach beyond your comfort zone of where you are at currently.
I dont play any instrument ,but when i write a song I have the melody in mind with it,i then followa a few steps and the end result can be herd at my outdated websight www.yourdaddyseyes.com
Good luck follow your heart and write back if you like.