Patty Way
Patty Way is professional songwriting veteran of twenty-five years. She was a staff writer for four different publishing companies and has a catalog of over five hundred copyrights. Her songs have been recorded by varied artists from Nashville stars to classic cartoon characters. Mentoring other songwriters through the Nashville Songwriters International was a passion of hers for many years as well. She currently resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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    Should I Join a Performing Rights Organization?Photodune 3111500 old radio xs
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    Ever wonder how performances of your songs on radio, jukebox, television, clubs, or arenas magically turn into quarterly checks made out to none other than you?Read More…
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    The Journey of a HitPhotodune 6783234 hippie girl hitchhiking xs
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    Ever wonder how a song journeys from the earliest spark of inspiration all the way to Number One status? Follow along ten milestones that realistically portray the way the process often happens in Nashville. Read More…
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    Critique of "I Wanna Be Touched"Photodune 1671617 touch xs
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    This critique explores Herb Sinus' song "I Wanna Be Touched". It features a lyric that touches on a range of strengths and the best ways to use them in relationships.Read More…
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    The Importance of Playing OutPhotodune 2753512 stage curtain xs
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    Sometimes playing a new song for an audience is like pushing a baby bird out of the nest, complete with crash landings and broken wings. Let's have a look at some of the finer points of the endeavor.Read More…
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    Critique of "Ghosts"Photodune 3149263 ghosts s
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    Let's have a look at a Ed Durbrow's ghostly song and discuss its potential in the marketplace.Read More…
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    10 Tips Towards Rib-Tickling LyricsPhotodune 4021253 laughing audience at the movies xs
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    When I look back over the countless writers' nights I have attended in my life, I recall a great deal of boredom mixed in with the chill bumps. A single accoustic guitar plucked to yet another ballad can truly be yawn-worthy. Nothing quenches the thirst brought on by too much sincerity like a truly funny song. So often, in a round of say, four players, one writer will unleash his funniest piece, and a barrage of humor will follow. Talk about a welcomed relief! Read More…
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    Critique of "Nightmares" by Katrina BarclayNightmarescritiquepreview400
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    I chose the song "Nightmares" for my January critique because I think it will illustrate a good example of the power of form, and also of the need for coloring and variance in the tone of a song. I want to thank Katrina for including lyrics, as it makes my job so much easier! I hear many songs I would love to critique, but can't make out enough of the lyric to fairly comment. Read More…
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    All I Want for Christmas is a CutChristmascutpreview400
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    Unfortunately, a songwriter is highly unlikely to get a Christmas cut in his or her stocking. I say this, not because it is next to impossible, but because Christmas songs are usually cut and polished in the May to July period, with the end of July pretty much signaling the closing of the window. This is due to the fact that a whole new cast of characters including marketing and sales people, need time to carry out their end of the endeavor. So, get a good head-start in any given year and get your Santa/spiritual masterpieces in circulation early! Read More…
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    Critique: "Scarlett" by Anthony QuailsScarlettpreview400
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    I am a sucker for the singer/songwriter style of writing. My lifelong love of bands like America and The Eagles gives testament to my fondness for gentle, story-oriented, accoustic songs. Today’s critique is based on just such a wonderful song by songwriter, Anthony Quails, and is titled “Scarlett.”Read More…
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    Ready, Aim, ComposeReadyaimcomposepreview400
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    I am a songwriter. My chosen profession exists minus the oft preceding word 'singer', followed by an oh so appealing slash. I have no delusions about recording my own material and dazzling the world with my unique, if not stellar voice. Songwriters like me set our dreams on artists who do not write all or any of their own material, and as with all pursuits, it is a good idea to aim before you fire at the target!Read More…
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    Critique of "Will You" by KelseyWillyoupreview400
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    The more times I listened to "Will You," the more I enjoyed it. I was a little frustrated in not being able to make out all of the words, so forgive me if I respond to a lyric that is not quite what you wrote, Kelsey! Including lyrics is such a useful addition to a track submission! Read More…
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    4 Aspects of Successful Lyric WritingLyricwritingpreview400
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    Lyric writing, like melody writing, is ideally a highly personal and individualized matter. Creativity is not about conformity or adhering to strict dogma. That being said, there are some basic rules of thumb that have proven to be quite effective and worth experimenting with as a songwriter matures in the direction of his or her muse.Read More…