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How To Find the Right Songwriting Partner

  
  
  
  
Written By Molly-Ann Leikin

Here's what I look for in a musical collaboration:

l. A great idea, one I have NEVER heard before.

2. A co-writer who is as committed as I am to making great music. This isn't a hobby. It's a life.

3. What can a potential co-writer bring to the table that I can't? If I write music, how are his lyrics? Just okay? Or do they tell me something new, something I've never heard before. How are his tunes, his production chops? Passable? Or cutting edge and original? How's his voice? Will his vocal fingerprint turn heads? Y'gotta turn heads, no matter what you contribute to the project.

4. Is this potential co-writer reliable, respectful of my time and talent? And does he/she really have a magical gift to enrich the literature of music, rather than just filling up letterhead and mp3's by recycling what other people have already said/sung?

Bottom line: don't settle too easily. Honor your work. Respect what you do and never stop looking for the best people, the very best, not just the closest or the most available, on your creative team. They are out there looking for you, too.

5. Where do I find them?

Fifty times a day, every day, I hear from bands, lyricists and composers passionately looking for the missing pieces of their songs. Once I've heard what you do, in a consultation, I've been extremely lucky hooking up writing teams. When you're ready to set up a consultation, I can help you, too.

© 2009 Molly-Ann Leikin

Molly-Ann Leikin (rhymes with bacon) is a songwriting consultant in L.A. with a house full of gold and platinum records plus an Emmy nomination. She is also a Eurovision finalist (American Idol in Europe). Three of her clients have Grammy nominations, another won an Emmy and so far, 5041 others have placed their work, with Molly's help, in movies, TV, on CD's and in commercials.The author of "How To Write A Hit Song" and "How To Be A Hit Songwriter", Molly's website is www.songmd.com and her toll-free number for the USA and Canada is 800-851-6588. You can also reach her at songmd@songmd.com.

Comments

I write with Molly-Ann. Song #1 is Eurovision finalist. "I Hear Your Heart". 
 
She is best writer. Good advices, good for pitching.  
 
Posted @ Tuesday, March 24, 2009 4:28 PM by guntars racs
I am co-writing with Molly-Anne Leikin. She is awesome, found a throw-away line buried in one of my not very good lyrics and turned that line into a beautiful song. Ten cuts so far, guys. 
 
Molly-Anne, I am your biggest fan.
Posted @ Sunday, February 27, 2011 12:29 PM by Maria Sanchez
to all please disregard the coments i made about the song 
 
writing consultants. I start to 
 
realize the company is one of a 
 
kind and perhaps one the very 
 
best. thank you. frank a edwards 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Posted @ Monday, February 28, 2011 6:21 AM by frank a edwards
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