THE BASIC PACKAGE (THIS PACKAGE) INCLUDES:
- A 57-page ebook (PDF) which includes a transcript of the video course. This will allow you to read along or highlight sections you want to refer to later. It's also a great place to make notes throughout the course.
THE "PLUS" PACKAGE INCLUDES:
- The PDF ebook from the Basic Package, plus...
- An audio-only MP3 version of the course. It's a great way to listen and learn on the go, whether in your car on the way to work, around the house as you're doing chores, or as you go on a walk around the neighborhood.
- "The W.I.L.L.power Workbook" which contains several exercises that put your new knowledge into practice, turning your knowledge into skill, and helping you develop the habit of thinking and writing with imagery.
THE PREMIUM PACKAGE INCLUDES:
- Everything from the Basic and Plus Packages, plus...
- An hour of video teaching which uses hit songs and an easy-going teaching style to reveal how to effectively use the different types of imagery, how to make your story come to life, how to connect to your listeners' emotions, and much more. The course also outlines some great exercises to build your "imagery muscle."
- The video of a live “Upgrade Your Imagery” workshop where I spend over an hour sharing several techniques you can use to generate great images for your songs. You get to watch as I go through these techniques with a group of songwriters.
By the end of this course, my goal is for you to gain the basic skills you need to:
- Effectively use both literal and figurative imagery.
- Make your story come to life using imagery.
- Prove your character’s personality using imagery.
- Make your listener connect to your character’s emotions using imagery.
- Hook your listener in the song’s first few lines using imagery.
- And to begin more songs (more easily) using imagery exercises as the start of your songwriting process.
As we go through each section, I’ll provide hit songs as examples. And I’ll draw from a few different genres, too.
WHY YOUR SONGS NEED GREAT IMAGERY
What do “Live Like You Were Dying” (Tim McGraw), “The Good Stuff” (Kenny Chesney), “Before He Cheats” (Carrie Underwood), “I Drive Your Truck” (Lee Brice), and “The House That Built Me” (Miranda Lambert) all have in common?
That’s right. They were all #1 smash hits that took the artist’s career to another level. And they also made the songwriters a ton of money!
But what made these songs so popular? What made them have such a big impact on the listening public? Well, one major reason why these songs were so successful is the other thing they have in common:
Maybe you dream of writing songs that become as successful as the ones I just mentioned. But maybe you’re not getting the success with your writing that you dream of yet.
Do you struggle with adding fresh, compelling imagery to your songs? Do music business people keep saying, “show me, don’t tell me?” Or maybe your songs just aren’t getting much attention. You’re having trouble getting good cowrites, or you just feel that your lyrics are missing something.
Or maybe your lyrics are pretty solid. Maybe you even consider them your strength, but you’re still not getting the reaction you want. You want to take your skills to another level. You’re ready to break through.
Well, if either one of those situations sounds like yours, I’m glad you’re here. I want to help you take your songs to the next level. I want to help you take your career to the next level. I want to help you become the the kind of songwriter who has industry people quote your lyrics back to you. I want you to become the kind of songwriter who can stand in the back of a music venue (or on the stage of one) and hear the crowd singing your words. It’s an awesome feeling. I’ve had it, and I want you to have it, too.
If you want to write songs that get on records and radio and compete for the big money, you’re stepping into a very, very competitive business. There are only a few spots available on the album of a major artist. And there are only a few slots available on radio.
SMALL ADVANTAGES = BIG RESULTS
In a business this competitive, you need every advantage you can get. Small advantages can bring big results. Adding great images to your songs can give you that advantage. It can make you more attractive and valued as a cowriter. It can get you that second publisher meeting. It can make a record label go from “what else do you have” to “let me keep a copy of that.” Likewise, better imagery can take your song from “let me keep a copy of that” to “put that on hold- I want to play it for my artist.” Or maybe great imagery will even take your song from “I want to put that on hold” to “we want to record your song.”
Imagery might even make the difference between getting a $300 album cut or a $300,000 hit single.
In a business this competitive, the opposite is also true. Your song that’s being held for an artist might not get cut because they decide to record a song that’s just a little better. Or even if they do cut your song, they might single a different song instead. And the difference between an album cut and a hit single is huge. It’s not just a huge money difference, getting a hit single will boost your status and prestige much more than an album cut ever will.
SO... WHY SHOULD YOU LISTEN TO ME?
“Use Imagery To Supercharge Your Songwriting (Like The Pros Do)” is a course I put together from my experience as a professional lyricist and songwriter with over 10 years in the music business. I’ve had cuts by legendary artists such as Alan Jackson and Randy Travis. I’ve also had cuts by Lady Antebellum and Joe Nichols, among others. I’ve written a top 5 hit in the US and a #1 Single Of The Year in Canada.
A great image changed my life. The image of a “Monday Morning Church” led me to write the song that would become my first major cut and a top 5 hit for Alan Jackson. It took me from a day job where I was sitting at a computer all day, and it helped me land my first publishing deal- where I was able to write songs all day! I’ve seen the power of effective imagery, and I want you to see it in your life, too.
THINK ABOUT IT...
How much will it change your writing (and your writing career) to be able to do the things I teach in this course? To be able to make your story really come to life for your listeners? To make your characters more real, believable and memorable? To really connect with your listeners' emotions, and to hook them from the first few lines? And to have an easier time starting more songs? These skills are a game-changer!
SAVE TIME & MONEY!
This course will save you a lot of time, as I reveal techniques and thought-processes that took me years to develop and might take years for you to learn by trial and error. Years. Let that sink in for a moment.
And I want you to save money. Demoing a song that isn’t the best it can be is almost always a waste of money. One demo may cost you up to $800. And that’s just for ONE demo! I know that in my early years of chasing the songwriting dream, I wasted thousands of dollars recording songs that just weren’t ready yet. But you don’t have to waste all that time and money. You can start writing better songs today.
HOW WOULD IT FEEL?
How would it feel to give an artist a “little white tank top” line like in Dierks Bentley’s, “What Was I Thinking?” Not only did that song change Dierks‘ life, it changed how girls dressed at his concerts! Or maybe you want to break someone’s heart with a line like “Turn down the lights, turn down the bed, turn down these voices inside my head” from “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt. Or maybe you want to give your friends something to sing along with like Jimmy Buffett’s “lost shaker of salt” line from “Margaritaville.”
I’ve already been using the techniques and lessons from this course to help songwriters. Here’s what a few of them have to say about it:
“I can't say enough about the teaching methods, and choice of subject matter, employed by hit songwriter Brent Baxter, in his online workshops.
I had the pleasure of attending his most recent offering, which focused on using imagery effectively when writing songs.
To be completely honest, I didn't really think that this event would be much more than a refresher course, which I'd have been completely fine with. After 20+ years of writing, I am often in need of being reminded of things that I may know, but am not paying enough attention to. Having been a part of Brent's events in the past, I knew that I wouldn't be disappointed, no matter what.
I'm happy to say that not only did I come away having certainly been reminded of a few things, but also having heard and seen some novel approaches that I never knew existed! I found myself thinking that I could certainly have benefited from having these fresh concepts in my songwriters toolbox a long time ago...😁 I guess an old dog CAN learn a few new tricks after all!
In keeping with what I know about Brent, and the kind of man he his, this class over-delivered, and was certainly worth far more than the nominal amount that he charged to attend. It's been my experience that the opposite is usually the case, but I can honestly say that I've never come away from any of my interactions with Brent, that I didn't feel like I got the better end of the deal. I would bet that I'm not alone in having that thought either.
I'd highly recommend to any songwriter, that if the opportunity to be a part of a course that Brent offers comes along, don't hesitate to take it! You'll be better for it, and at the end of the day, that's what we're all attempting to do, right?
I'm a better songwriter today than I was before my latest course with him, and I know that after the next one, I'll be better than I am right now. That's good enough for me!
Thanks Brent Baxter, for your heart for songwriters, and your willingness to share the insights that you've worked so hard to come by.”
“I loved the workshop! Brent is a fun and engaging teacher, I have already started using some of the tips we learned! When is the next one? Sign me up!”
“The Man vs Row webinar, “Upgrade Your Imagery,” gave me several tools that I will use to improve my lyric writing craft. The presentation was well organized and Brent's approach was very interactive and engaging. Thanks, Brent.”
“Your imagery class was my favorite part of Advanced Song Camp. I love ‘painting pictures’ in my songs, and that session to my writing to the next level.”
“It was awesome!!! I feel like you really drive home the idea that ‘seeing is believing’ and for a song to be more believable people have to be able to see it as much as hear it. Thank you for rocking your craft, Brent Baxter!”
“Brent Baxter has an unusually natural gift for teaching songwriting. His excerpt on imagery has enhanced my lyric development tremendously. He is able to immediately prove how his methods are working in today’s market by providing current hit song examples in his lectures. He’s right up there with Pat Pattison and Ralph Murphy!”
“Brent Baxter has his hand on the pulse of Nashville and the country music business. He is a songwriter who is still working hard at it every day and isn’t afraid to teach you the methods that bring him success. I have followed Brent’s blog Man vs. Row, read his ebooks, and have watched his videos. I have found his teaching method to be easy to follow, full of substance, without being stuffy, and I enjoy his humor.
The ‘Upgrade Your Imagery’ workshop was no different. Brent discussed techniques to help you ‘drill deeper’ and not be satisfied with the first or second word, rhyme or line that comes to mind. He goes on to teach how to make your images more believable and memorable and how to come up with these ‘pictures,’ avoiding the mundane, cliche, and played out ones. I enjoyed the workshop, and strongly feel that my writing has improved by using the methods Brent discussed.
Another thing that I enjoy is how much ‘bang for the buck’ you get with all of Brent’s products. It’s hard to beat the cost/benefit ratio that you receive. You will become a better writer, not by watching these videos, but by working hard at implementing the techniques taught. That is why I recommend Brent Baxter’s ‘Upgrade Your Imagery.’”
I always knew the importance of imagery in effective songwriting, but Brent showed me HOW to use imagery in detail. Now I look back at stuff I have written and realize that I can revise them to much better songs by using the tools that Brent teaches. Brent has a natural ability to make complex topics simple and understandable. When you take one of his courses you will realize it is the best thing you ever did to improve your songwriting.
HOW TO ACCESS THE COURSE
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