Songwriting tips for lyricists, poets and songwriters

Question 23: How much money can I make if my song becomes a hit? This question is not so easy to answer. First of all you have to define the word HIT. Is it a regional hit, a national hit, or an international hit? Will it become a so-called song standard and be recorded by many different artists over the years? A so-called standard would be a song like (Danny Boy) or a so-called “modern day” standard would be a song like (Help Me Make It Through The Night) or (Yesterday). I’m sure all of these songs have been recorded many times by many different artists and continue to be a source of income for the writer or writers long after their song was originally recorded. This is the type of song that most professional songwriters aspire to write. Here’s a little trivia for you. Remember the theme song from Johnny Carson’s (Tonight Show). I bet you can hear it playing in your head right now. Do you know who wrote that song? A lot of people are surprised to hear that it was the Canadian born songwriter Paul Anka. He is much more well-known for his songs such as Diana, Puppy Love and others. Anyway it is rumored that Paul Anka received over a hundred thousand dollars a year in royalty’s just off of the tonight show theme for all of the 27 or so years the show was on the air. Please don’t quote me on that number as I only heard it through the grape vine, only Paul knows for sure what he made, but one thing is sure, he made a pile of money off of that one little theme song. Just think

Author: TheSongsculptor
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Published: 2011-03-23 22:07:04
Q23 Songwriting tips for lyricists, poets and songwriters

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    Here’s a tip about splitting up the songwriting credit if you write as part of a team or a band. Since the only parts that officially define the song are it’s melody and lyrics, unless a band (or team) gets together and decides to share credit in some different fashion the person or persons who come up with the lyrics and tune are the writers. The original chord progression can be included in that as well, but frankly doesn’t have to be. Every chord in a song can be changed, and so long as the melody and lyrics remain the same, from a legal standpoint, it’s still the same song, just with a different arrangement.

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