From Linda D in Long Island:
I'm a huge fan of Linda Eder's work, and know that you had a lot to do with her
success.....And have much admiration for you!!! So here's my question for you??
I consider myself a songwriter. I mainly write lyrics, but also have hands on piano & rhythm.
So sometimes have a melody in mind..Recently have sent my first finished lyric to the Library of
Congress....My question is,..In a world of testosterone....LOL...One girl to another what would
my next step be....confused..
Thanks soo much
Wednesday, 22 November 2006
Thank you for your compliment about my contributions to Linda Eder's success, but I must say
in all truth that I think Linda's great achievements are almost all due to that astounding
I don't know whether to be happy or sad for you that you are also a songwriter. It's such a
tough career path - though wonderful if it works out. You say that you sent a lyric to the
Library of Congress. I'm not sure what this means. Are you saying that you sent it off to be
copyrighted? If so, you should know that the necessity of copyrighting only really comes into
play when you start having things recorded or pushed otherwise into the public eye. Any writer
has what's called a "common law copyright" which means that you can prove ownership of your song
just by showing a first draft or other preliminary worksheets.
In terms of what your next step should be, it sounds to me like you are working too much in a
vacuum. You don't indicate if you want to write for musical theatre, but whether or not this is
the case, songwriting is still a process that needs to exist within a framework of some kind.
You need to be associating with singers, other songwriters and musicians, and if you are
interested in the musical theatre, it would be most helpful to join theatre groups or workshops.
Having feedback is so important and collaboration is the essence of musical theatre. Perhaps you
are already doing these things, but since it's unclear from your letter, I thought I would
suggest them anyway.
Lastly, you used the phrase "in a world of testosterone" - and then have an LOL. I'm thinking
that you view the songwriting world as a dauntingly male arena, and I know that you're also
joking a little, but you should know that I have never found this to be a problem or even
relevant to songwriting. Women have an absolutely equal standing and chance of success as men in
this profession. That holds true for theatre, folk, rock, country, you name it. I do concede
that generally women have a tougher time breaking through in so many professions, and I
certainly acknowledge that there are many more male than female songwriters. However, I honestly
don't believe that there is some sort of sexist glass ceiling in the songwriting world. Talent
and persistence are what it's all about.
I hope I've been of some help, Linda, and thanks again for your kind words about my work.
Good luck to you in your career,