11 Annoying Things People Say that Drive Songwriters Crazy

It’s something that possibly every songwriter can attest to – having to suffer mind-bending comments and questions from people who just don’t get it. While they should be forgiven for much of their utterances, it’s still a struggle not to get annoyed at times.

It’s something that possibly every songwriter can attest to – having to suffer mind-bending comments and questions from people who just don’t get it. While they should be forgiven for much of their utterances, it’s still a struggle not to get annoyed at times.

Among the crazy things that people utter in the presence of songwriters that we have heard include:

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“Oh, you can write songs…will you write one for me too?” Sorry, don’t think so.

“My son/daughter/brother/sister etc. is looking to get a big break, can you hook them up with…” As if you’re not trying to get hooked up yourself.

“Wow, that song is going to be number one on the charts…I’m so proud of you.” While the positive reinforcement is good, you know better than to be over-confident, especially since you’re yet to get the song recorded much less played.

“You write songs? You must be rich!” (Sighs and shakes head)

“I would love to become a famous songwriter like you…Can you teach me how to write?” Sure, as long as relative obscurity is what you consider to be famous.

“When will you be going on a world tour?” Um…

“Your song would be perfect for so and so radio show…why don’t you email it to them?” Says someone who definitely doesn’t know how the music business works.

“You should understudy Taylor Swift (or some other popular artist). She writes her own stuff and look how famous she is.” Um…no! I can only write like me.

“Don’t forget me when you hit it big…I was the one who was always by your side.” Maybe I need to get rid of you to see if my career can finally take off.

“Why don’t you get a real job?” This is a real job!

“How come I’ve never heard any of your songs on the radio?” Uh…how come I’ve never heard of you?

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People can be inadvertently mean to songwriters with their ill-timed comments. However, don’t let it get to you. It’s all a part of the journey.

The SongCat Team
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We believe in supporting artists of all levels of their musical journey, from the 40-year music business veteran, to the burgeoning songwriter who are looking to polish their craft. We also believe that creating professional, high quality, and expertly mixed recordings shouldn’t be limited to high budget record deals.

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