Again, not many artists are interested in getting up every night on stage and singing about being a cheater, a drunk, a jerk in general or any negative thing. People buy less t-shirts from cheaters, drunks and jerks. The artists want the audience to think they are hip and cool people. Paint them any other way and your chances go down to almost zero.
What makes this song special? What would make someone choose this song over the other thousand they will listen to before they record their record? Your song has to have something that makes it stand out above all of the rest. It can be a creative lyric, an amazing melody, a great track, or a very unique idea. But it has to have SOMETHING that elevates it above all of the other songs they will hear before they choose the ten for their record. If your song is average in any of those areas, it won’t likely get recorded.
Who cares? I ask this every day. I try to be really honest with myself as I ask “Is an audience really going to care about this song, or does it kind of feel like watching someone’s home video of their vacation to Disneyworld?” If we aren’t careful, our songs can be very self-indulgent and self-absorbed. You have to make sure that the general public is going to care about your song if you want to get it cut. The song about your grandmother being miserable after your grandfather died may bring your family members to tears, but Keith Urban and Bruno Mars aren’t going to record it, EVER. Don’t ask me how I know.
Asking those four questions can change your writing life. At the very least, they will help you move your songwriting closer and closer to the success you crave.