After almost 20 years of home recording, song writing and failure, I came to the realization a few years of the one thing that seems to define a successful musician/band. My guess is everyone else has already and and always know this and as usual, I am the last one to the party. It came to me after the same repetition of pattern. I would write a song, put it out onto the various media mediums and send off links to all my friends to listen. It was always the same thing, I would get about 5 listens and that is where it stopped. I would listen to countless other songs by bands that, in my opinion, were not that good, and in some cases, the singer would be off key about 20 percent of the songs. I thought it lied in having the best recording stuff and knowing everything about mixing and production and mastering.
Then, it just dawned on me, it all boils down to this, does this song create the urge or desire to be played again once it was heard? I have heard countless great songs, but I never have this desire to want to hear it again. There is this threshold that gets crossed in a persons heart, this emotion that is stirred up and it feels such that you want to hear it again to feel it again. There are so many one hit wonders and I always wondered how it was that they could have such a great song and then, never seemingly have another song that was even close to that one, almost like that one song was a mistake. I would buy the album (back in the day) only to find that was the only song on the whole album that was good. Yes, the production of that song was/is, in most cases, what brings it over the threshold, but it is not the soul cause of all of the songs to go viral. This has so effected my writing. My goal has become to focus on a song that has something about it that makes someone want to listen again. I use to think if a song had the basic sounds and structure, it should work. I use to think that if I like the song, everyone else would. I only saw the song from my perspective. Even when I thought I was writing a song that would stir others up to enjoy, I was still not crossing the threshold enough, it was lacking in some way at some point in its process. So am I the last person to find this out? Has anyone else considered this in their production?