Thursday, July 7, 2011
You're A Terrible Judge of Your Own Music
Alas, it is true. Murphy's Law will tell you (and I'm not exactly sure who Murphy is, unless he's Papa Murphy, in which case, I'm not real crazy about his pizzas, either) that whatever song you think is your absolute best, fans will absolutely HATE, or worse, will absolutely IGNORE.
How do I know? Well, that's where marketing shows its real value. By "marketing", I mean basically slapping up some songs on a promotion site, such as ReverbNation or Jango, or, if you're really, really bored and narcissistic, on your own radio station.
It's the ultimate conundrum, I guess.
For example, I'm sure that Mark Knopfler thought that this was the greatest Dire Straits song ever:
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Of course, that was before Canada got wind of the song, and determined that it was COMPLETELY INAPPROPRIATE FOR BROADCAST. (Really, Canada? And here I thought you all had that laissez faire attitude. You know, being French and all.) And strangely, "Money For Nothing" was released in 1985, so it only took a quarter of a century for Canada to determine the utter inappropriateness of the song. Well, they have a backlog.
So, Mark was downhearted. Well, actually, he was feeling pretty uphearted until approximately the year 2010.
Ironically, little did Mark know that the actual favorite Dire Straits song, as determined by the fans, was this:
Why, Mark asks? Well, it was because of this line:
"doo doo, da da DO do do doo doo".
Not scientific, I grant you, but what, after all, is scientific about music?
The moral of this story, if there is one, is, as an artist, please make sure that you include this line in every one of your songs:
Doo doo, da da DO do do doo doo
Then riches shall be yours. And you won't have to guess which song your fans will like best, because they will like them all!
Another fine public service from me, your Music Success Guru. And I don't even charge for this!