“We Should Write Sometime”

Collaborative songwriting has become very important in music today. Many hits are written by multiple talented songwriters who may specialize in different areas of songwriting. As a songwriter, I consider myself a good lyric writer and melody writer, but it is helpful having someone else to bounce ideas off of. 

“We Should Write Sometime” is the “tinder” of co-writing. It is a free app that uses the swipe-left and swipe-right idea to pair you up with songwriters in your area. You enter in information including links to songs you’ve written, PRO affiliation and strengths in songwriting. You swipe through the list of songwriters and can find people that you would like to write with. If you match with another songwriter, the app will put you in contact with them and you can start writing.

If you don’t know any musicians and would like to gain experience writing with others, “We Should Write Sometime” is a great app to help you get started.  

If you would like to write with someone, please feel free to contact Robert Braathe! You can check out his songs on this website.

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Combining Different Genres in Your Songwriting

One thing about being a songwriter that I have learned is the importance of listening to a wide variety of genres. There is no one right way to write a song just like how there is no one way that music should sound. Learning about different styles can be helpful when trying to write your next hit. 

I am a music industry student and took my first songwriting class my sophomore year of college. This class really helped me write songs by examining different genres like blues, country and rock then trying to write a song in that genre. Even if the genre is not popular today and not something that you enjoy, writing in that genre or examining some songs from that genre could be helpful. All songwriters strive to be unique, so using different genres in your music could help you stand out from the rest. 

Try listening to a few songs from a certain genre and figure out what makes them fit into that genre. Then, try writing a song in that genre or use a few of the characteristics you found for a new song. 

Check out some of Robert Braathe’s songs on this website!

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The Importance of Performance Rights Organizations

As a songwriter there are many specific ways to get paid for your work. Having a performance rights organization helps by paying you and your publisher performance royalties. A performance includes live performances and a recording being played at the mall or on the radio. Venues pay a blanket license fee to be able to have access to the songs in the PRO’s catalog. Having this access means that they are able to play a recording of your song or have live performances done. 

PROs only collect performance royalties. Royalties from mechanical licenses and synchronization licenses are collected by you (if you are self-published), your publisher or the Harry Fox Agency (mechanical only). 

PROs include ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, SOCAN (Canada) and more. BMI is the only PRO that does not have paid membership, but they all include different benefits by being a member. Benefits include discounts, memberships and opportunities to learn and share music.

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How collaborating with a lyricist can help you grow as a songwriter

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One of the greatest rewards of working with professionals is learning from their experience. If you are someone who wants to polish your songwriting skills, you should join MuSourcing as a collaborator. Even if you have not written a lot of material, you can join the team and learn the art of songwriting.

Collaborating with someone can help you find out their unique approach to the same process. Songwriting is an artistic process. Robert Braathe, lyricist of the band Fresh Oil and Chips, has written around 100 songs which can be found on MuSourcing. Not all songwriters get ideas the same way. Robert says, “The best ones seem to come in one sitting.” Songwriters also have different approaches to the question of what comes first. Words or melody? Verses or chorus? Robert answers, “Usually the verses. Sometimes the melody but it usually is the words.”

People have different places where they get inspiration from. Robert gets inspiration from friends, people he meets or observes. Collaborating with someone can introduce you to different topics or open you up to write about different topics that you had never thought of before. Your approach to getting started on songs might vary, however, collaboration can introduce you to many other approaches that you might find even more helpful.

Lastly, it is not impossible to start learning songwriting. Robert started writing lyrics professionally in his 40s. It is never too late to start learning anything. If you have an interest in songwriting and want to improve and learn from someone with experience, join as a collaborator at MuSourcing!

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Hang Out In Your Head by Fresh Oil and Chips

a blues song

Lyrics by Robert Braathe, Vocals and Music by Brian Huff

When did you decide to hang out in your head?
You want to confide but you play like your dead
Was it something he did to you or instead
Have you decided to just hang out in your head?

When did you decide to lay down in my bed
You want me by your side but you lay there like your dead
Was it the way that I loved ya or the liquor instead
Have you decided to just hang out in your head.

When did you decide to burn down that homestead
You lit up the fire but you blamed it on the dread
Did you light up the flames or did the tears that you shed
Make you decide to just hang out in your head

She fills up your little mind
When she’s drinking up on that wine
Don’t fall into the pit with swine
Don’t let it fill up your mind

When did you decide to hang out in your head?
You want to confide but you play like your dead
Was it something he did to you or instead
Have you decided to just hang out in your head?

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San Diego Wonders

Lyrics by Robert Braathe

He’s marrying an ugly girl
They took engagement photos in San Diego which was stupid
I am feeling lucid

Can you take me for a whirl?
I’m feeling enragement at the logos in San Francisco they are so fluid
Let’s go see the Druid

I get the feeling my mind is full
Of seeing arrangements of solos in Los Angeles they are so foolish
In October they’re ghoulish

You are leaving so early, girl
You’ve been seeing that dope up at Berkeley his moves are so clueless
At the beach they are shoeless

He’s marrying an ugly girl
They took engagement photos in San Diego which was stupid
I am feeling lucid

I’m feeling enragement at the logos in San Francisco they are so fluid
Let’s go see the Druid

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First Woman (Good Guy’s Guide)

Lyrics by Robert Braathe

I gotta a sense of how dense
And intense is your fence

I get a feel how its real
And how you wheel and you deal

You are the First Woman
You’ve got them laughing and brewing
You know what you are doing
Coulda had any guy
But you are the good guy’s guide
When you could have run and hide
You are the good guy’s guide

You get your appeal when you steal
And you peel away the keel

You operate on your date
While they wait for the plate

You are the First Woman
You’ve got them laughing and brewing
You know what you are doing
Coulda had any guy
But you are the good guy’s guide
When you could have run and hide
You are the good guy’s guide

I don’t know where I first knew it
When the other ones blew it
And you saw me through it

You are the First Woman
You’ve got them laughing and brewing
You know what you are doing
Coulda had any guy
But you are the good guy’s guide
When you could have run and hide
You are the good guy’s guide

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New York Smile by Fresh Oil and Chips

lyrics by Robert Braathe, music and vocals by Brian Huff

New York Smile

Down the block at the Miner there’s major
Trouble coming it’s going to be quite a rager
The natives are restful but the tourists are restless
The night ahead is gonna leave the streets pestless

Around the bend Mike is scooping some gravy
For girls with curls colored shiny and wavy
An appetite for comfort has got em all swinging
The open mic will have them all singing

They’re beaming with New York Smile
They’re dreaming from aisle to aisle
Take a trip and be out for a while
They’re beam – eem – ing with new york smile

The New York Smile is something worth seeing
Up close and tight the fortunes are fleeing
Into the hands of the bouncer whose choosing
Between the right and the wrong who’ll be boozing

They’re beaming with New York Smile
They’re dreaming from aisle to aisle
Take a trip and be out for a while
They’re beam – eem – ing with new york smile

Bridge
The beams are bright that last all the days
The dreams are right when they get past the craze

They’re beaming with New York Smile
They’re dreaming from aisle to aisle
Take a trip and be out for a while
They’re beam – eem – ing with new york smile

Take a trip and be out for a while
They’re beam – eem – ing with new york smile

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Middle of The Night at The Inn

lyrics by Robert Braathe

Henry times 8 is two weeks
Hand in the trash
Tell him to sweep the bushes
Fishing is nice especially around the two creeks
Hard drive gonna crash
Cash and coins found in the cushions

Melodies made in the mirror
Flatliners played in the theater
Crumple up a paper
Put Fats Domino on repeat play it for two weeks
Gotta save up the cash
Primitive makes compound all the pushing

Monopoly can make it a syndrome
Maimonedes gave you the wisdom
Sit upon a spoon
Cramp into a beemer drive on up to the beach
Grow yourself a stash
But watch the lip biters they’re confusing

Remedies made in a basement
Charities chasing the pavement
Corn on the barbie
Grills nice next to zucchini and roughage
Big numbers on the dash
Get the radar man to cry with some musings

 

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Upstate New York by Fresh Oil and Chips

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lyrics by Robert Braathe, music and vocals by Brian Huff

My love is in San Francisco
I don’t think that’s she into disco
But she’s far away from the days of Albany

My soul is in Upstate New York
Where there’s a tree at every fork
When I’m miles away I think of you and me
My mind is in Massachusetts
Where my life isn’t so ruthless
And my time away is enough for me to be
The man who’ll be the one to set you free
Her hair shines through the hues
On boulevards and avenues
That are numbered from 1 to 183
Her eyes are full of muses
Her soul is free of bruises
She knows just where to find some company
From the man who’ll be the one to set you free
I know my mind is wandering
But my heart is never pondering
About the way she feels (it’s heavenly)
Her life is extraordinary
Her time is not ordinary
She knows she can live her dreams past 33
With the man who will be the one to set her free
My love is in San Francisco
I don’t think that’s she into disco
But she’s far away from the days of Albany
My soul is in Upstate New York
Where there’s a tree at every fork
When I’m miles away I think of you and me
I want to be the man who’ll be the one to set you free
To set you free…
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