What To Do With Your Song Next - Part 3 - Feedback

What To Do With Your Song Next - Part 3 - Feedback

Have you received song feedback? ---> What is feedback? Google says it's information regarding a reaction to something that is used as the basis for improvement. In my mind, you seek feedback when you are looking to improve something. If you have sought feedback for your song, hopefully you did it with the intention of improving it. There is a difference between seeking validation, and seeking feedback. When you seek validation, you are looking for confirmation that what you created was worth it. Like a kid going to a parent or sibling..."See what I made!", and you anxiously await the "Good job!", "Great work!", "I'm proud of you!", reactions. Those are validations, but I would not call it feedback. Let's be honest...I'm sure all of us have received a "Great work!" reaction to a song we've felt was not truly finished, polished, or ready.

Feedback needs to be intentionally sought, and I believe it's most valuable when the feedback gives you ideas to consider for you to ultimately decide if it will improve your song or not. And it starts with the song's purpose! You see I stress that a lot on this blog, but it's true. Think about it...if your intention is to release a song yourself vs. pitching it to another artist, the feedback you seek and how you apply that feedback can be different. Or it could be the same.

"What do you think of my song?" is not requesting feedback. "What do you think I should do to improve my song?" is seeking feedback, and needs to be qualified based on your intentions for the song. An example, you could be seeking feedback to determine if your song is "commercial" enough...does it sound current...is it easy to sing along to, etc. The beautiful part about feedback is you get to decide whether to apply it or not. Especially if your goal is release the song yourself. For example, if seeking feedback from a music industry professional familiar with your genre, you should highly consider their feedback. Even if it's unexpected, they have heard thousands of songs, and have an ear for what's current, what's no longer current, and where music is headed.

Remember though, if none of that matters to you, and you just want to release music, nothing is stopping you. You don't have to wait for someone's "OK" to release music (unless you're signed, then of course, honor your responsibilities). At the end of the day, you may decide you want to do a version of the song as you originally intended, and possibly an alternate version incorporating the feedback you received. It's all up to you (and co-writers if you've written with others).

If you haven't yet, be sure to read Part 1 - From Idea to Written Song and Part 2 - Once Song is Recorded. Be sure to share this with someone else if you think it will help them.

- Jared@TheSongScope.com