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Are you building your songs in the right neighborhood?

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on March 07, 2018

The 3 most important things in real estate are also very important in songwriting: location, location, location.

In probably any town, certain neighborhoods have certain personalities. One neighborhood is full of SUV-driving soccer moms. Another is mostly middle-class country folk. Another is college kids, another is hipsters, etc.

Musically-speaking, most artists put down roots in one neighborhood.

They spend most of their time there, only venturing out to the adjacent neighborhoods every now and then. This is another way of talking about branding. An artist’s brand says, “I live in THIS neighborhood. I’m like THESE people, and I sing about them and for them.”

For example, an artist’s music may be most “at home” with the good ‘ol party boys. Most of his music is for those good ‘ol boys- bonfires and tailgates. The “good ‘ol party boy” artist doesn’t usually venture into the soccer mom neighborhood, where the music is more about family, lifelong love, kids, etc.

Most songs are also “at home” in certain neighborhoods. Some songs are built for the rednecks, some for the high school girls, some for their moms, some for their blue collar dads, etc.
But remember, most ideas can be built to fit in any of several neighborhoods. It just depends how you frame the idea (pun intended). The choices you make will determine your song’s neighborhood.

When you think about where to build your song, it's wise to think about the property values in the different neighborhoods.

Are the houses in the "good 'ol party boys" neighborhood in high demand? Are the houses in the blue-collar-working-man neighborhood in low demand? What type of songs are artists recording?

The concept of musical neighborhoods is important if you want to write commercial songs. I go into more depth on this topic in Songwriting Pro’s upcoming C4 Experience.
Every Monday night in April, I'm hosting The C4 Experience, or C4X.  It's an exclusive, live online event where I help 10 writers like YOU create explosive growth in your commercial songwriting.  I want you to win, and I'm going to help you write songs that artists want to sing, radio wants to play and fans want to hear.

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