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An Interview with Stephen Horton on Motivational Radio

I had the pleasure recently of being interviewed by Stephen Horton aka Rezinator on his radio show called The Highway of Dreams. You can hear the interview here. Click on the link under Rezinator speaks with Luigi Cappel. 

I really enjoyed chatting with Stephen who is an excellent musician in his own right. We talked about a number of my experiences over the years and discussed a few of my songs.

You can hear my songs You Oughta Run, which features the awesome sax playing of my friend Charly Nice, Old Flame which I wrote about a school reunion and Rarotonga, which I wrote over there, its a bit in the style of Chet Atkins, one of my heroes in the guitar world. If you’d like to know the stories behind those tracks, listen to the show. You can also hear those tracks on my Reverbnation page.

Telephone Card

Telephone CardI wrote a song several years ago which I wanted to make a musical slide show video out of. Unfortunately I have no idea what happened to the photos. This morning I saw a post on Facebook promoting Twitpic. I haven’t used it for year, so I followed the link and connected it to my Twitter profile and up came two of the photos that I had taken at Chartwell Foursquare for the song along with a pile of other photos that I took a few years ago.

This is the part where the Indian grocer is telling me that if I give him my Seiko watch, he will give me a loan for a $2 telephone card so I can call a cab to get home. Mahesh was wonderful when I asked him to pose for these photos, he thought it was a cool idea. I hope I can find them again. You can hear the song on my Reverbnation page.

Rarotonga is an awesome place to have a relax and get some musical inspiration. I wish I was back there now. I guess I’ll have to think warm (its winter in New Zealand) and enjoy the memories.

 

 

On communication and Sunday Sundown

Just a quick blog today with a little message. I woke up this morning feeling like crap, I was barking like a seal, had a blocked nose and it was cold. I have a suspected broken bone (from playing hacky tennis) in my hand (scaphoid in case you are interested) and got up for a shave and shower and put my hand back into its splint.

It has been very cold in New Zealand the last few weeks with roads around the country closed with snow and ice and it was about 3 degrees in the house overnight, guess we were lucky.

Anyway, I hate winter and I become a bear. I write music, but I don’t gig very often. I hate playing in venues where the doors open and let the cold in every 5 minutes as smokers go out for some frsh air. Why is the stage always so close to the door? Don’t they know that it makes it harder to entertain?

So here’s the thing, I got up this morning and stuck my iPod into the Dock and listened to a couple of podcasts. The first was from Radio Free Amsterdam, some awesome blues whch got me moving and gave me the energy to clean the shower and other bathroom furniture and then I got into Sunday Sundown, a podcast which I listen to in English, but originally found when I was looking for some Dutch language podcasts to keep my mind thinking in 2 languages so that when I want to, I can call my friends and relatives in the Netherlands (I get that for free on my new Orcon account) and because being multilingual is good for the brain.

Anyway Sunday Sundown is an awesome podcast from the studio of Maurice Zondag (which is of course Dutch for Sunday). I don’t know how Maurice find the time to find all those great songs and artists, but anyway if you want an easy listen show with great music, check him out. I strongly recommend it.

Something else I strongly recommend is that you put your songs on the PodSafe Music Network and make them available to podcasters, because you never know when one of them might play it. I mentioned a couple of my new songs to Maurice in an email telling how much I enjoy his show and he sent me a Tweet (Twitter message saying that he was going to play my song I Tilted on his next show tomorrow. Hey if you are on Twitter you can follow me at Twitter and send me a message.

One of the great things with podcasters is that in most cases they record their shows because they enjoy doing it and because they are passionate about their music or whatever their interest is. This means that they are also likely to be gerat people to get to know if you share a common interest, especially when it comes to your songs which you are of course also passionate about giving that you wrote them and they are a piece of yourself.

So, if you, like me, listen to lots of podcasts, ad if you (I told you I have a cold lol), like me, often think to yourself, I should contact that podcaster and tell him how much you like his/her show (actually other than Mur Lafferty, Heidi Miller and Liz Barry, I haven’t heard many women podcasters). Stop waiting until you get a Round Tuit. This world is about people communicating with people and if that in’t what music is about, why do you write songs?

Make sure you can offer an exclusive photo to the media.

Often you are more likely to get your story published if you include a photo. When you talk to the editor or journalist, ask them if you include an exclusive photo that they will publish it, because otherwise you will keep it so you can offer it to another media. You do talk to the media before you send them a release don’t you?

You should have a range of photos including landscape and portrait. It wouldn’t hurt to have a couple of black and whites as well for that artistic look.

Make the pics you send with your story relevant. If it’s a bout a gig you have done, send a photo from the gig. On that note, always try to get someone to take photos for you, even if you provide the camera.

If it’s about the new single or album, make it relevant. For example if it was for my song Muriwai Beach, I will have a photo of me walking on the iron sands “between the sand dunes and the shore”.

Accommodate the media. If they want to take a photo of you, do whatever you can to support them. On Thursday I had my photo taken for a September magazine issue. They asked if I could spare an hour to go to a beach location with them, No problem. It was quite funny really, we got to the beach which was a spot on the side of the North Western Motorway. We parked off the motorway and there was this beautiful spot with shelves of sunwashed shells and we found a piece of wood for me to sit on in my suit with my notebook on my lap. I’m sure it will be a great eclectic photo and thanks to the police who gave us 2 minutes to finish up instead of charging us for parking on the side of the motorway.

The magazine will get a classy off the wall photo and will also remember that I was happy to help them out to make the shot.

Songs have to have WOW factor for A&R people to get excited

So you want to send your song to an A&R person and see if you can get it picked up by a record company or one of their artists.

Take a step back from the song you wrote and love and think about what their email and snail mail boxes look like. How many submissions do you think they get in a week. I’ll give you an idea. Even the smaller ones will get 100’s of demo’s. Why should they listen to yours?

Is your song REALLY GOOD? Who told you? Here’s an analagy. When you watched American Idol (Come on, I know you watched it at least once!) do you remember Simon or Randy ask “Who told you you could sing?”. So I’m asking you, who told you this is a good song? Your friends and family?

But this is only the first question. The record companies get thousands of really good, well constructed, nice songs every year. The thing is they are not looking for a good song, they are looking for a GREAT SONG. They are looking for something UNIQUE and given that there are always numbe one hits, there are plenty of great songs out there.

It can be on the same subject matter as other songs, but it has to have something special, a great hook, a really catchy melody. If your song is going to be a hit, it has to appeal to millions of people not dozens or hundreds.

When the A&R person listens to the first 60 seconds (because that might be all the hearing your song gets, they need to be saying “WOW, this is the ONE!”

So go back to your good song and see if you think it is great, or is it as Ralph Murphy says, a great song for people to dance to in a club after 10 P.M.

Of course not every song will be a hit, most of the songs of the great song writers aren’t hit songs, but it was usually their first hit that started their professional careers.

Now is the time to write your Christmas song

It’s not unusual around November to get opportunities to do something with your Christmas song, but if you haven’t written and recorded at least your demo it’s going to be too late. I don’t know about you but listening to Snoopy chasing the Red Baron anything more than once a year is more than I can take. So how about writing one now and be ready for the opportunity.

Christmas songs don’t have to be all about Jingle Bells, there are many poignant songs about Christmas these days. Songs about please bring dad home for Christmas or, well here I some ideas to get you started. How about trying one of these as an exercise?

  • Christmas Love
  • Christmas Stress (Think about all those people doing last minute Christmas shopping and how happy they look, not)
  • Christmas Shopping
  • I don’t know what to buy you for Christmas
  • All I want for Christmas is a new girlfrind/boyfriend
  • Christmas Blues (I actually have a CD of famous Blues artists performing Christmas Blues, I can’t be the only person who bought it)
  • Family Christmas
  • Christmas on the beach (that’s what a lot of us do in New Zealand and Australia)
  • I love/hate Christmas shopping
  • My Christmas gift to you is me
  • I didn’t want you for Christmas I wanted a new guitar
  • What Christmas means to me
  • My gift to you is this song

That should give you a few ideas for a start. The song doesn’t have to be all about Christmas either. My Christmas song is called Another Stretch in Iraq and you can hear it on my MySpace page.

Oh and a little favour. If you thought this was useful or you liked my song, I would really appreciate it if you would click on the Demand It Competition banner on my MySpace page and vote for me in the Eventfull Competition, I really could use the help:)

If you found this useful and you know of anyone else who i a songwriter and could use some ideas, how about sending them a link?

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Hey, welcome to The Songwriter. I am a songwriter and I am writing this blog to share my music, my thoughts on music marketing and to develop a relationship with song writers and other people in the music industry as well as music lovers. There will be lots of topics and information, some of it brief, some of it lengthy. I hope you’ll bookmark it, or select one of the RSS Aggregators so that you can stay up to date with my news.

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