When I finally found a publisher that “got” me, I proudly gave him all twenty demos to listen to. He offered me an entry level deal but told me that he didn’t want to pitch ANY of my twenty songs. He didn’t think any of them were commercial. None. None. Zero. I was heartbroken. My gut had led me astray.
The publisher said that he signed me on “promise”, not on those songs. It sounded to me like the “she’s got a great personality” kind of statement. But, what could I do? I started writing and learned to write better songs.
One of the things I learned during that first writing deal was that most of us are not good judges of our own work. It’s nearly impossible to be as objective as you need to be when you evaluate your own music. It’s sort of like evaluating our children.
Most of us believe that our kids are above average and beautiful. Some of us are WAY off base on that one. But we LOVE the little boogers so much that we can’t see them clearly and honestly. If you have played your demos all around town and gotten NO positive responses, your gut is not giving you good info. You need to find someone who knows that they are talking about to give you a little “gut check” and hep you get on track. That’s one of the things we do in our mentoring sessions. We want people to have a realistic expectation of where the bar is and we want to help them elevate their writing to that level. Don’t let your gut cost you a fortune like I did. Check it out before you spend lots of money on demos.