I’m always looking for great songwriting tips.

This article takes a stretched analogy to give you a way to look at what makes a song successful. No point in me elaborating, but it’s worth a read.

In our other articles, we’ve had an overview of Parameters and Roles, and we’re ready to look at one more paradigm — that which deals with the parameters of why songs achieve or fail to achieve commercial and/or artistic success.  This paradigm will be known as the Four Faders, using an analogy we’re all familiar with: the controls on a mixing board.

For any song you can name, someone will say “It’s a great song !” — For any song, there will always be at least one person, besides the writer and his/her circle of friends, who thinks so.  Others will say “It stinks”. 

The song may make the Top 10 in several countries, or in a regional market, or it may never be played on any station.  It may sell a million downloads, or none.  It may become a pop culture icon, or known only to a cult following.  It’s easy to say that a song is popular or not, or that it’s a hit or not, but that gives no insight as to WHY.  It does not tell you whether the song is well-written or not.  Being a “hit” song often has nothing to do with being a well-written song.

You can check it out here.