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Learn the art, craft & business of songwriting from hit songwriter, Brent Baxter!

The Frettie Journal
A collection of interviews, updates, tips and resources for songwriters.

Boats & Rivers

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on January 17, 2018

In the music business, songs travel on relationships like boats on a river. Think of your song as a boat and your network of relationships as the water in the river.

You can have a big, deep river (a lot of good relationships), but if your boat (your song) isn't well-built, it's not going anywhere. Your song has to be built right to take advantage of your relationships. Just like your watercraft will sink if it has holes in it, your song-craft will end up at the bottom if it has holes in it. All those relationships just mean your song has further to sink.

But maybe your song is great. Maybe it's like a speedboat. Every square inch of it is built to "wow." That's awesome. But if the river is dry, you’re just sitting still. Your song has no relationships to support it. (Remember, songs travel on relationships like boats travel on water.) All that power is just stranded on the dry, rocky river bottom. Frustrating.

Amazing things happen, though, when you put a speedboat on a big river.

When your song is well-built AND you have a lot of good relationships in the music business, it can travel easily and quickly from you to publishers, potential cowriters, A&R, producers, and artists. It doesn't mean that hit singles come easy (they never do), but fast boats on big rivers have a lot of opportunities.

And speaking of opportunities, this brings me to a great one for you- one to improve both your boat and your river.

Each quarter, Frettie's "Know The Row" series brings in a music industry professional to reveal what YOU need to know about breaking into the music business. Ask YOUR questions- and get answers. It's online, so you can join this live video-conference from anywhere in the world. If you miss it, Frettie members will have unlimited access to the video replay in Frettie's Member Area.

Our next guest is hit songwriter, Byron Hill!

Byron Hill

Since moving to Nashville and signing his first publishing deal in 1978, Byron Hill’s songs have generated more than 700 recordings, and have been released on ninety-one industry certified Gold and Platinum albums and singles. They have earned ten ASCAP awards, thirty-four U.S. and Canadian top-ten chart hits, and have become hits in many other worldwide markets.

So, yes, YOU want to hang out with Byron Hill and get his advice on the music business!

This exclusive event is February 8, 2018 from 7pm-8pm Central time.

Again, this event is FREE for subscribers of! However, if you don't feel like taking advantage of all of Frettie's membership benefits, you can still get all the details and purchase a ticket with a CLICK HERE.

God bless,


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