Kip Marchetti
by on April 24, 2015
I recently started reading MAB's Questions and Answers thread found in the Songramp Music Industry Insider Forum. All 104 pages and getting bigger everyday, where you can find the do's and don'ts, ins and outs, ups and downs of becoming a songwriter in Nashville, Crashville write another Smashville, Music City, Tennessee, USA.

Moderated by Marc-Alan Barnette, a fella who genuinely loves the music business, knows it inside out, and has successfully earned a living as a writer, performer, mentor, and teacher of the craft of surviving as a songwriter in Nashville. The forum is comprised of an eclectic mix of folks, that range from neophyte (me) to the more established and knowledgeable, trying to figure out (learn) how to do the impossible, that is to earn a living making up songs that famous artists want to perform and record.

If you haven't already, I highly recommend taking the time to read his forum. It is packed with invaluable information on how to theoretically become a songwriter, make it big, don't be disappointed if you don't (at least any time soon), network your ass off, plan for a minimum of 10 years, keep your ears open, keep plugging, everybody fails a million times, enjoy the journey, don't gherm, and accept the fact that THE most talented and gifted songwriters in the world reside in Nashville. If you want to make it as a songwriter you have to be better than most of them, for a long time, if you expect to earn a living by writing and/or performing songs.

MAB, as he is known to the participants of the thread, is probably one of the most energetic guys I know. No, I don't know him personally, but if you take the time to read his forum, you will feel comfortable enough to say you do. He leaves no stone unturned in regards to everything from songwriting, performing, how to act, what to expect when you get there, to how his latest show went and what he did on vacation.

The whole thing just amazes me, he not only has written hit songs, performed all over the world, runs coaching and mentoring workshops that include personal lessons for those willing to make the trip, but yet finds the time and makes the effort to provide insight and answer questions of the members of Songramp all of which is done in a style that reminds me of sitting around telling stories.

MAB is not only an invaluable resource worth the price of admission to Songramp (which is free if you don't want all the benefits of a paying member) but he is a genuinely funny and caring guy willing to expend a ton of energy on us simply because he apparently enjoys what he does. Thanks MAB ... you're a gem.

Km (4/23/15)