I was counting on you to give me your best one and only that, not a list. If you can’t do your job, I can’t do mine”. That’s the no-nonsense world I live in. And, worst of all, he was right. I took out a machine gun and tried to hit anything that was moving in the vicinity of the pitch request. In doing so, I irritated the guy trying to pitch my song and I almost lost the chance at even having one of my songs played for that singer. What I should have done instead was pick up a rifle and aim for the bullseye instead of just hoping to hit the target somehow with my machine gun.
If I had spent my time trying to find that one perfect song instead of trying to find everything that might work, I would have had a better chance. I have learned that pitching one great song communicates that I feel like I know what the artist wants and that my song is the one. Pitching a bunch of songs often communicates that I don’t really know what the heck to send, so I’m slinging everything I’ve got in hopes of getting lucky. That approach turns people off and isn’t likely to lead to hitting the bullseye even if you hit the target.
If an artist or publisher is telling you they want a “career” song, they need a monster hit. You nor I, have tons of those. I’ve demoed over 6,000 songs and I’m not sure I have anything yet that is on par with songs requested in specific occasions.
So, I don’t need to worry about slinging 5 songs at that kind of opportunity. I need to find or write the very best shot I have and pitch that one. If it’s as good as I think it is, then they will call and ask for more. If not, I still have work to do. Step away from the machine gun and aim for the bullseye.