Social media is a giant distraction to the ultimate aim, which is honing your craft as a songwriter. There are people who are exceptional at it, however, and if you can do both things, then that’s fantastic, but if you are a writer, the time is better spent on a clever lyric than a clever tweet.
That should have been a sign. He was so proud of himself for writing such an incredible post that morning while waiting on me. I pulled out my laptop and after some get-to-know-ya conversation, I asked him if he had any song ideas. “Well no” he said. “I was up late last night updating my website.” So, I then asked him what he’d like to write about. He stared off into the distance for a second. And then his phone goes off with a loud DING. “Excuse me” he said. “That’s my Twitter messages DING”. Then he gets a phone call and excuses himself and leaves the room to take the call. When he returns to the room, A friend of mine, a pro songwriter, who took his time to sit down with this new-to-town songwriter, had packed up his guitar and was pulling out of the parking lot. You see, my time is valuable, and I headed over to join a couple great writers who invited me earlier to write with them, but I had told them I was booked already. I never heard from that young writer again and neither has anyone else. And I doubt any of us will ever hear from him. Not unless he decides to start spending his time on the important things like respecting others time, writing songs and working on his musicianship. You can have all the Instagram followers in the world but if your music sucks no one will buy your records or care about your music!