Where is that song you wrote?

What song?

We all know of songs that have been written by well- known or not so well- known composers, and many of us can remember a time when we created a song but we got on with the business of living, and never thought of ourselves as musicians, or specifically, composers. Whatever happened to that song ? piano composer

When did I write it?

The activity of songwriting is not limited to persons educated at a music school, ot tutored into learning piano basics or other instruments. This is because there is an intuitive element in melody, harmony, and rhythm that people have which allows us to appreciate what we hear. Some people, are able, through this faculty, to create songs that cause others to marvel. Remind yourself of the time when:

  • as a child at play, you put words and music together to make a jingle that found delight among your friends
  • you wrote a poem and gave it a melody
  • at high school, you were a member of a singing group and you created a song that you enjoyed
  • you wrote and sang a tribute to someone special
  • as a member of a church or community choir you created a song that was performed by the group
  • with your guitar, you strummed out an instrumental riff that sounded great

 Where is that song?

Good question. As far as you can remember it was never noted anywhere. So where is it ? Very likely it is still in your head and no one will be able to benefit form your gift because you have not used it. You might be the only one who knows of it.

 What can I do with it now?she plays

Now that you remember that there was a song, or many songs, it is time for you to look for it/them. Check anywhere that you might have scribbled something down. Do any or all of the following:

  • Grab your phone and record what you remember
  • Search for a musician or songwriter to help you complete it
  • Get in touch with an audio engineer and arrange to do a good recording of it. If you don’t want to sing it yourself, you can hire a singer
  • Establish ownership with the Library of Congress or with a Publishing Rights organization
  • Have someone prepare a lead sheet showing the lyrics and the chords only
  • Have someone score the song on a music sheet, from which anyone can play or sing it

 

Over the years in my music circles, I have heard so many people express regret that they didn’t not have a copy of their song. A friend of mine Kevin, told me how he heard a group singing the chorus of a song he wrote twenty years before, and he could not claim ownership because he had nothing to show. I also know of Sharon who composed a four line jingle and recorded it. Ten years later her brother took it to his friend, a musician, and now she is enjoying the payments she gets from licensing it to a music library. They chose it for a travel destination ad. Every time that ad plays, she sees $$$$.

You can do so many things with your compositions and even if you record it and make no commercial gains, you can be happy that you can share it with family, friends and future generations. The world needs your music. Can you imagine what would happen if John Lennon did not record IMAGINE?

Can you recall a song you wrote? Well you have work to do. Get busy !

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60 Comments

  1. Linda

    This really motivated me.
    I have written so many songs in the past that I eventually threw away. So much worship I threw in times of tribulation. Worst action made. Then I meet children with lovely music talents. I’m like… wow! They could play the lyrics I’ve made Congregations do accept your own lyrics and I sometimes forget this.

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Yes Linda. When we write our songs, we sometimes forget that the song is our gift to the world and we throw it away. It happened to me too. What is significant, is that although the song was physically thrown away, because it was written out of our soul experience, if we sit and try, we will remember most of it. It might not be lost. Maybe it is time for you to write again. Thank you for your comments !!!

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  2. Emmanuel Buysse

    I´m definitely not a songwriter, to make things to have a certain rhyme is not my thing.

    But I enjoy reading your post.

    In a certain way it is also motivationally for when you have a mental block at the time of writing an article and you don´t get the words.

    I could share this article with one of my cousins, she is a composer and has periods in which it happens that she can not finish writing a song for millions of reasons.

    Anyway, thank you very much.

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Emmanuel. Feel free to share this post with your cousin. We all could do with a little encouragement from fellow musicians. Thank you for you comments. Best wishes !!!

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  3. tim

    I’m so jealous…I wish I had learned to play the piano when I was younger….instead my parents sent me for lessons to learn to paly the organ…my classes were literally with the Church Lady.  Anyway, in school as I got older I played the trombone which I loved.

    Really sound advice to capture “Your Sound” and claim it legally.  Its motivating as an artist to do things to improve and promote your craft and art.  Nobody starts out as expert…so you may end up being more accomplished than you think.

    Great article!

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Tim, don’t worry. Your parents only did what they thought was good for you. What I love about music is that you are never too old to learn until you find your niche. I played piano as a child but it was at age 35 that I went to sax lessons and at 45 I learned jazz. I know people older than me who are just starting piano. So get busy. Find your sound and bring out your inner musician !!!!! Thanks for your comments !

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  4. Jag

    Okay…I love singing, but only in the shower. Both of my daughters can sing so well, sadly they don’t want to share this with anyone. 

    I wrote a song once long a time ago, but it was getting the musical part that proved to be hard. I am really good when I write poetry, but when it comes to actual lyrics and such, it’s a very different world.

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Jag, I hope you can still find your song written somewhere or in your memory. When you write a song it is your gift to the world. There are many musicians who can assist you with getting the musical part together. The fact that your daughters can sing so well, it is likely that they got their gift from you. Get busy. Write more. Bring out your inner musician !!!!

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  5. Leo

    Piano is my preferred musical instrument. I loved it since i was a child and with the passing of years the desire to listen more and more, remained the same. Unfortunately i did not learned it because of a different direction in my career. My preferred compositor is Beethoven and Mozart is the next. 

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Leo, it is so good that there are recordings of those great masterpieces and that they will be around forever. Beethoven and Mozart are also favourites of mine. You are not playing now, but remember that it is never too late to learn to play. Thank you for your comments. Best wishes!

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  6. Olonisakin Kehinde

    quiet inspiring and innovative.  I love people who gear up and brings out the real element in other people.  You such a good encouragement.  

    Yes at some point or the other,  there are songs conceived,  songs written,  and songs which the ideas keep coming and coming may be a result of circumstances or situations.  I think it’s time to bring them out and really put the gifts into practice. 

    Your post is really inspiring.  

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Thank you Olonisakin. I know because I hear people around me expressing regret that they didn’t keep up with their music. The great thing is that it is never too late to get back in the swing and enjoy life. Best wishes !!!

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  7. Shane

    This happens to all of us. We tend to go back to musical moments when we hit a trigger or catalyst that brings back that memorable and enjoyable nostalgia. The magical thing with music (especially piano playing) is that music is one of the things that everyone pretty much engages in. We all seem to have a natural desire to be pulled into music and when writing this article you have explained that as the best reasons as to why we should start up our mini personal musical careers.

    I used to play piano a bit as a kid and for some reason it was the first and most attractive instrument to me. I did end up playing other things like guitar but i do believe that piano was my best and most exciting experience and memory. It was so memorable actually that although i am many years out of practice, i can still sit at a piano start hitting keys and automatically play things that naturally flow back to me.

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Ahh Shane, you know. There is so much joy in playing piano and singing but people get so caught up in working and family chores that they leave out what could be the happiest experiences of their life. What is true is that one is never too old to get back to playing, learning the songs you love and bringing out your inner musician. Why not start now ?

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  8. BEazzy Shifts

    Hello Joy. I guess you are having a good time… Thank you for sharing this wonderful piece asking me “Where is that song you wrote?” See, you are referring directly to me in this article. I have written numerous inspiring and fun filled songs that I have not yet shared with the world. I have some recorded on my phone, some written on books and piece of paper. You inspire me to do it. Thank you.

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      BEazzy, maybe some of the world’s best songs are yet to be published. Maybe you have some of them right there in your collection. How about making a plan( and carrying it out) to record and publish even a few at a time. You would be so happy you did. I promise…..Thanks for the comments. Glad to be of help

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  9. Chas

    HI Joy,

    When I was in the 4th grade I actually could carry a note well enough to get into chorus, but never considered myself a stand alone singer. Anyway, I do remember composing something silly that I kept to myself and couldn’t even tell you one line of it today! If someone had told me that I could have sold it, I would have been all over that! Who Knew!

    We had a piano for awhile, my mother claimed she was going to learn how to play, never did! All I ever did was chopsticks!! I look back and wish I had taken lessons myself, maybe I would have written some songs!

    Maybe I should try your program and see if this old dog can still learn a few songs! Th problem is I don’t have the piano anymore. Where can people go to have access to a piano if they don’t have one? You stirred up that music side of me!

    Thanks for the great site, I will be back for sure!

    Chas

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Chas, you are never too old to learn how to play. The key is to learn the music you love. It will keep you motivated. Some of those so- called ‘silly’ songs are being used today in videos and in advertisements and people are earning lots of income from them. Hope you get around to it one day. It might be the best gift you ever give yourself. Thank you for your comments.

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  10. abioye olalekan

    This is an eye opener and a perfect article.

    My best hobby is singing and i don’t joke with it; I have gotten  song inspirations severally but i don’t normally take it serious. I took my time to check on all you have written in this article and i am ready to work on it. Thanks for this wonderful piece you shared with us. it is well appreciated 

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Awww, I am glad, Abioye, that you are encouraged to work on your music. Being able to sing well is a gift, so are ideas for songs to create. There are so many possibilities for people like you. Go for it ! Best wishes. Thanks for your comments.

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  11. Ayodeji

    Hi Joy,

    Great writeup you got here. I’m a keyboardist and I’ve been playing for over 8 years. Now thinking about the songs I’ve played, it’s many while I have not written any songs in particular, it’s funny how one could overlook things like that. I’m really inspired with your article especially how to establish ownership of a song with the Library of Congress or with a Publishing Rights organization.

    I really learnt a lot from your blog, keep up the good work. 

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Ayodeji, you could use your fine keyboard skills and create even some simple melodies. You could also do recordings (covers) of you playing of songs already written. There is a place for all kinds of music: children’s songs, dance songs, religious music, music for therapy, teenage themes etc. instrumental and vocal in all genres. Every medium uses music, videos, apps, ads, film, TV etc . Establish your ownership and get your music out there. Best wishes. Thanks for your comments.

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  12. Chris

    Great article, and a very good subject. 

    I studied guitar at Leeds College of Music then Audio Engineering at Amsterdam SAE – so I’ve been lucky enough to have made a decent living out of composing for numerous years now. 

    Now more than ever it’s important to keep a record of your tunes, as the introduction of digital online stores and distributors makes it easy to get your music heard worldwide. There are also A LOT of free producer based programs available for recording as well! 

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      O yes, Chris, the opportunities are unlimited and seeing that you have already done some compositions, it might also be a good time to look back at them and create ways to expand their reach, and make even more in passive income from them. Thank you for your comments.

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  13. John Mullen

    Well I just learned something new here! I didn’t know I could license my songs like that, years ago I started writing songs and I spent hours with lyrics as I attempted to put them to music. The music was ok, but the lyrics were very good, I may try and revive the songs with new music to them. Thanks for this information, I bookmarked this page.

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      The world of music has changed to allow people to get their music to the world. Also music is licensed for apps, videos, ads…the works. They accept simple songs as well as big symphonies. If you need help, get help and get your song out there. Thanks for your comments, John

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  14. Md moinul Islam

    Hi,I have read the whole review about this.Thanks for sharing this important information with us.Everyone has some hobby. I like playing music and playing piano like you.I want to write song.Your information is very helpful for me. It helps me in many ways. I like your post very much. I will share it with my friends.Thanks for sharing this informative article.

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Md moinul Islam, music provides many possibilities for those who love it. From simple songs to complex arrangements, there is a place for all kinds of music. I am glad you find this information useful. All you need now is a plan to start writing about any subject and in any style you like. Best wishes. Thank you for your comments.

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  15. Shashwat

    Really interesting article. It does make me wonder if I am a musician too..haha. I really like your content. Even though I have never done any work related to music, my brother is very fond of wrtiing poems and rhymes. I will surely recommend this site to him.

    Thanks for sharing

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  16. Marios Tofarides

    Hey there,

    I love music, I communicate through music, but I can’t think of any original song or even a jingle I’ve composed in any form. I usually get songs that are already released, and change the lyrics. Just like “Weird Al” Yankovic or Ali G do.

    Nevertheless, this is a nice issue you tackle here, and some great advice you are offering.

    Thanks!

    Marios

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Marios, maybe one day you will find yourself composing or you will try to sing some lyrics you wrote. Just remember to register them as your own. Until then, keep singing the songs you love. Thank you for your comments.

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  17. Richard

    Writing you own music can be very rewarding in my opinion but also really frustrating when you hit a wall so to speak. You have outlined the process that should be followed in bringing the product to fruition however is there a way to protest the song from plagiarism from before the sound engineer has a copy or is this only possible once the song is complete?

    I have heard of some horror stories of people who have had their songs stolen and without these agreements in place, had no legal recourse. 

    Rich

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Richard, you can sing your own recording of the song into a device and create an mp3. Email a copy to yourself for preservation. This is useful because there will be a date on it. More formally, you can register it with the Library of Congress, Songuard or other companies that register. Protection of your own work is essential. Thank you for your comments.

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  18. Paschal

    I know I am talented in music I can compose music but I can’t write the music. I have many recorded audio composition in my phone. I am glad to learn from you how to write the music down with tech. I can’t learn solfa and staff notation now as I don’t have the time but I can now write my music.

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Paschal, there are many people like you who have brilliant compositions on their phone and who want to have the music written. There is a platform called Fiverr where you can choose a musician who offers this service and can deliver it in a few days. You don’t have to do it yourself. You wouldn’t have to do all at once but one or two at a time. Check it out. Who knows? You might have a hit on your phone !!!! Thanks for your comments

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  19. Polycarp Momoh

    This is a very timely article for me. To be honest I have about 3 songs that I have written. I’m a very good singer (according to people ) and I a a big fan of music ( my favourite of all time band, Queen) and I now feel very much incomplete after reading this article. I know what I must do now. But please, are there any music or lyrics buying firms online that one could get a contract to write for. I would love your reply on this one. You can send a mail. Thanks so much  

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Polycarp, you can join Sheet Music Plus. They have a section called ‘ Arrange me’ where you can upload your compositions for sale. Also you can arrange songs already written and upload your new arrangement. Check it out. Thanks for your comments

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      1. Polycarp

        Thanks very much for this. And thanks once again for the article

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  20. Ezra

    While I don’t play piano, i do make electronic music on  Fl studio so I have a little bit of an idea on playing piano (definitely not an expert). Any music producer would tell you knowing how to play piano and keyboard makes music production easier so I really want to start playing the piano to improve my music skills.

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Yes Ezra, good idea. Improve your piano skills and practice over and over. It will build your confidence. Soon you will be composing and playing your own music. Thanks for your comments

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  21. Sam Chen

    Hey, Joy! Your post is very enlightening. My wife is an amateur pianist. However we never thought about writing our own songs, maybe I will ask her to try it. And I am a freelance translator and writer. I think your “What can I do with it now?” part is something referential value for me as well!

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Sam, maybe if she started writing her own songs, she might surprise herself as to how good she is. She can start with simple jingles and, with confidence, develop them into full length songs. After that, register them and sell them. The whole world is looking for songs. Thank you for your comments

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  22. Daniella

    Hi Joy,

    Awesome article, I really enjoyed the reading!

    My son plays piano for over three years now, and he started to write songs. He first listens to the song in his phone on Youtube, and then he writes it in his own way. All I can say is that we enjoy it very much to listen to him:) He plays so well that you can never have enough of it. I have bookmarked your website so I can show it to my son. I am sure he will love it!

    Is it possible to become a good pianist without learning the theory? 

    Thank you!

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Daniella, keep encouraging him as much as you can. That is where all these world famous musicians started out, learning piano and creating their own music. The theory gives the rules that govern the making of music. It grounds the student in note value, rhythm , melody and harmony. Without it, there is a limit to how far a student can go. Thanks for your comments. Best wishes to your son.

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  23. Son

    I used to have a piano keyboard and a guitar in my house that I would frequently play and write songs on. I never had any lessons on how to play them properly but still managed to come up with some pretty cool melodies. It was a long time ago and back then I didn’t have anything to record my playing with, and so I don’t remember any of it now. If I write songs today it would be way easier to record it with my smartphone, but too bad I sold my instruments a long time ago..

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Son, the fact that you spent some time in the past coming up with cool melodies means that you have a kind of love for music and the creative side of it. There are so many people for whom music has become a soul satisfying hobby because of the resources that are available these days. Maybe one day you will pick up an instrument again. Thanks for your comments.

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  24. Mary

    I enjoy music and I can remember lyrics of a lot of songs, but I can not write a song on my own. Your article really motivated me to try creating songs. I have had this thing on my mind for a long time. It is very nice if someone plays your songs, you enjoy listening to your own music product and you make money at the same time. I just didn’t know how money could come to song writers, but your article gave me some idea about it.

    I am glad I came across your article that reminded me I should start to take actions. Thank you for your information.

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Oh yes, Mary, there are many musically gifted people in this world but we never know about them simply because they never wrote nor recorded their music. There are many people who can help you and lots of ideas online. Time to get busy doing what you will love. Best wishes, and thanks for your comments

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  25. David

    Geez, I think I have dozens of songs in my head over the years. I am a music fanatic, but my concerts are limited to my car. On road trips or stuck in traffic I will occasionally change the lyrics to songs for my own personal enjoyment. 

    I never thought about writing any of this stuff down, and now after reading this article I’m starting to regret it. I’m going to have to keep a notepad and pen in my car now so when my creative side comes out I can write it down. Who knows maybe someone else will sing it one day. 

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Yes David. That is a good idea. When i am on the road, and an idea comes up, I just press ‘record’ on my phone and sing it or tap it. Many fully composed songs have started this way. No regrets. You can start from here and going forward. Best wishes and thanks for your comments !!!

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  26. Strahinja

    It’s been a long time since I wrote my first poem. It was to my first ever “girlfriend” and I think I was around 13. I play a guitar, but at that time I wasn’t playing. So, the words were never covered with a melody. I was thinking about getting it done, but for some reason I never did. 

    After reading your post, I might actually take your advice and seek a professional help. I will head to my friends studio and see how it will turn out. 

    Thanks. 

    Strahinja

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Strahinja, yes, now is the time to get help in turning out what might be a great song. If all the great songs we know remained as ideas, and were never explored, then the composers would never get the fulfilment that expression gives, and listeners would never benefit from hearing that song. Go ahead. Get your song out ! Thanks for your comments.

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  27. Antonio

    Hi

    I am one individual who thinks that within everybody there is a song waiting to burst out. The problem is that mine wants to stay in and not come out. I am not keen on poetry as I hated it in school, where we had to analyse a poem.  I enjoy music a lot but I don’t feel that I could write a song as I do not feel comfortable doing so.

    One of my friend did write a song and it was published. Didn’t make much royalties from it. I really appreciate the songwriting craft and appreciate your article as this will get somebody’s creative juices going.

    Thank you

    Antonii

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Antonio, you don’t have to be a poet to write a song. You are not comfortable writing a song now, but if you were shown how, and taken along the steps, you might just surprise yourself. The song published by your friend did not provide much in royalties, but once a song is published, there is a possibility that it may be used in a movie or sung by a big named artist. Maybe you should get your creative juices flowing. Thanks for your comments

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  28. H Phomrong Maring

    I always love music and your mention of high school when we were members of the singing choir brings solemn reminiscence of the past years and joyful mirth of thought in my heart. I was a singer and always led a group of friends although my voice might not have been that good.

    And here, you’ve also shown the good path for everyone who couldn’t compose a single song outwardly but had at least conceived a rhyme or a note in their heart long ago to put it into practice by engaging a songwriter or musician to complete it, and you know what? That’s awesome!

    I also know the song, Imagine by John Lennon and I can sing the song for you if we could meet in person in the likeness of how the composer had sung.

    Whatever the case might be, you’ve given birth to a new idea of bringing out those songs conceived long ago and I will be happy to put them into reality.

    Let’s get busy.

    I wish you a FANTASTIC Journey in your niche hunt.

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Thank you for your comments. I believe that the world has many musicians with great ideas who have just not tried writing lyrics or singing their song. It seems to me that you love music a lot so maybe you should get involved in composing or playing. It is much easier these days to get a song started….easy like singing an idea into your mobile phone as a first step….all coming from the heart. Best wishes H Phomrong !!!

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  29. Nuttanee

    What an informative post. Thank you for sharing it. I always say that intellectual property is the best that you can have. It is yours to claim so when you think that there is a potential you just have to invest your money in it and copyright it. It is like you have a great product and never patent it. Is it expensive to copyright your music? This is a great information for my music friends. Thanks!

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Nuttanee, every song that is written should be registered with a copyright office. It can be done through the Library of Congress, or through agents such as Songguard, or CDbaby. It is best to register a group of songs at a time so the cost will be less per song. It costs between $35 -$55 at LOC, and less with the other agencies. It is important to stamp your ownership on your intellectual property. Thank you for your comments. 

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  30. Stacii

    I do believe that music comes from the soul and I can attest that over the years I have actually put together several lyrics, composing a few songs here and there. But you are in fact correct, I never wrote them down because I just saw it as a little fun in my past time and I had to go back to the real world.

    I have always loved music and appreciate how lyrics or instruments make me feel whole and at peace. So I might just definitely have to start writing down my lyrics when they come to my head. Who knows, maybe one day I will eventually create a song just for me or even others.

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Yes Stacil, get a notebook and write those lyrics down. Sing your musical ideas into your phone. One day you or someone else might set it to music and complete the song. You might just have a hit song, or something that will inspire others. Thank you for your comments. Best wishes!!! 

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