Patty Way
Patty Way is professional songwriting veteran of twenty-five years. She was a staff writer for four different publishing companies and has a catalog of over five hundred copyrights. Her songs have been recorded by varied artists from Nashville stars to classic cartoon characters. Mentoring other songwriters through the Nashville Songwriters International was a passion of hers for many years as well. She currently resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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  • Music & Audio
    General
    Critique of "Ghosts"Photodune 3149263 ghosts s
    Let's have a look at a Ed Durbrow's ghostly song and discuss its potential in the marketplace.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
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    10 Tips Towards Rib-Tickling LyricsPhotodune 4021253 laughing audience at the movies xs
    When I look back over the countless writers' nights I have attended in my life, I recall a great deal of boredom mixed in with the chill bumps. A single accoustic guitar plucked to yet another ballad can truly be yawn-worthy. Nothing quenches the thirst brought on by too much sincerity like a truly funny song. So often, in a round of say, four players, one writer will unleash his funniest piece, and a barrage of humor will follow. Talk about a welcomed relief! Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Critiques
    Critique of "Nightmares" by Katrina BarclayNightmarescritiquepreview400
    I chose the song "Nightmares" for my January critique because I think it will illustrate a good example of the power of form, and also of the need for coloring and variance in the tone of a song. I want to thank Katrina for including lyrics, as it makes my job so much easier! I hear many songs I would love to critique, but can't make out enough of the lyric to fairly comment. Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    General
    All I Want for Christmas is a CutChristmascutpreview400
    Unfortunately, a songwriter is highly unlikely to get a Christmas cut in his or her stocking. I say this, not because it is next to impossible, but because Christmas songs are usually cut and polished in the May to July period, with the end of July pretty much signaling the closing of the window. This is due to the fact that a whole new cast of characters including marketing and sales people, need time to carry out their end of the endeavor. So, get a good head-start in any given year and get your Santa/spiritual masterpieces in circulation early! Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Critiques
    Critique: "Scarlett" by Anthony QuailsScarlettpreview400
    I am a sucker for the singer/songwriter style of writing. My lifelong love of bands like America and The Eagles gives testament to my fondness for gentle, story-oriented, accoustic songs. Today’s critique is based on just such a wonderful song by songwriter, Anthony Quails, and is titled “Scarlett.”Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Composition
    Ready, Aim, ComposeReadyaimcomposepreview400
    I am a songwriter. My chosen profession exists minus the oft preceding word 'singer', followed by an oh so appealing slash. I have no delusions about recording my own material and dazzling the world with my unique, if not stellar voice. Songwriters like me set our dreams on artists who do not write all or any of their own material, and as with all pursuits, it is a good idea to aim before you fire at the target!Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Critiques
    Critique of "Will You" by KelseyWillyoupreview400
    The more times I listened to "Will You," the more I enjoyed it. I was a little frustrated in not being able to make out all of the words, so forgive me if I respond to a lyric that is not quite what you wrote, Kelsey! Including lyrics is such a useful addition to a track submission! Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    General
    4 Aspects of Successful Lyric WritingLyricwritingpreview400
    Lyric writing, like melody writing, is ideally a highly personal and individualized matter. Creativity is not about conformity or adhering to strict dogma. That being said, there are some basic rules of thumb that have proven to be quite effective and worth experimenting with as a songwriter matures in the direction of his or her muse.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Workshop
    Critique: When The Night Hangs in the BalanceNighthangspreview400
    For this month's critique I have chosen a song titled "When The Night Hangs in the Balance". Like always, I listened several times to get familiar with the song.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    General
    8 Tips For Self-Critiquing Your SongsSelfcriticismpreview400
    In the beginning, you just write. The feeling is giddy as you sense improvement and one day you experience the wonderful realization that you have authored an entire song! The fact that it may be entirely mediocre or even lousy is not yet a consideration. You are the proud parent of what vaguely resembles the real deal and for a while you bask in that glory! Reality, as it is prone to do, soon sets in when you perhaps attend an in-the round writer's night and realize that your songs are not even close to competing with the ones you just heard. There is a certain amount of denial but the voices in your head continue, nagging away until you act upon them.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Critiques
    Critique: WolvesCritiquewolvespreview400
    For this month's critique, I have chosen a very hip song by Daniel Tyson entitled, "Wolves." After listening to the song five times, I have to admit I find myself wanting to hear it again which is a very good sign indeed! It is entirely contagious and has that indefinable quality that simply grabs your ear in a very refreshing way.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    General
    Pitching Your Own SongsPitchsongspreview400
    In a perfect world, we tunesmiths would all have publishing deals with hefty draws and a dozen or more songs on hold at all times, but back to reality. A great many excellent songwriters with some hit-worthy songs in their catalogs do not have staff writing gigs. They may be avidly trying to land one, but in the meantime a cutting edge song could be languishing away in a dusty briefcase and fast becoming not-so-cutting-edge. Read More…