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

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

You Don’t Have To Be Great At Everything To Be A Songwriting Superhero

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on December 20, 2017

I’m bad at a lot of things.

I don’t sing well. I don’t write melodies. I’d be an atrocious producer. I hardly play guitar (don’t even take it to cowrites).

Yet... I’ve written cuts and hits.

You don’t have to be great at everything. If you have ONE skill that is your superpower, it gives you value in the music biz. For example, my superpower is lyrics and song ideas. You won’t call me if you need a killer melody, but you might call me if you have a killer melody that needs a lyric.

It’s better to be great at one songwriting skill than to be “okay” at several. It gives you an identity. It allows you to clarify what problems you solve. (We’re all in the problem-solving business, by the way.)

What’s your songwriting superpower?

Is it production? Lyrics? Melody? Instrumentation? Business skills? Networking? Whatever your superpower is, there are people that need that thing. Find them, and you’ll be their hero.

So if you’ve been stressing out about trying to be great at everything, I’m giving you permission right now to stop worrying about it. Focus on your superpower. Focus on your area of “greatest contribution.” You don’t have to be great at everything. After all, that’s why God made cowriters.

God bless,


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