Mark Cawley is an accomplished musician and songwriter who is now mentoring and coaching others around the world, helping them to find their own success within their passion of music.
Bringing sincerity, inspiration and gratitude to his students whom he calls friends, Mark encourages them to remain positive, understand that rejection is not a reflection on themselves and to write from the heart.
I believe this is why he is an invaluable tool for aspiring lyricists and songwriters, because what he does comes from a place that this industry is slow to recognize at times – but is the core and foundation of life – do well by others – and it will take you to the place you are meant to be.
Have a listen to Mark and his thoughts and experiences shared when we spoke earlier this week.
‘One of the biggest lessons I learned as a writer came later in life – later than I wished anyway. There was a long period of time when I was writing and getting some cuts, but they were not always the artists that I was hoping for. The songs were professional enough that publishers and producers were hearing them but they weren’t always buying into them. The lesson I learned is that I was trying really hard to get inside the head of these great artists and I would always come up short and there was one particular time and one song – a Tina Turner song and my co writers and I got together – all feeling a little beat up by the industry – and we said let’s just forget it and write for ourselves. Let’s write something that makes us laugh 0r cry and we feel like we can’t quit playing it – something that carries our feelings. And we did – and that was when Tina Turner took notice and recorded ‘Dancing In My Dreams’. I kept that philosophy with me and felt that if I love it then maybe another artist will too- I also found out that mature artists don’t want to repeat themselves. So when I was true to myself I found it was then that some of these artists became interested in what I was writing – and they began to stick.’
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