How not to pitch a CD, exhibit 1!

This morning, the SouthernGospelBlog.com P.O. Box held a dreadfully formal-looking official envelope from a New York City law firm. It turns out it wasn’t a legal threat—thankfully, we must not have made anyone in New York City mad enough to sue us! It turns out they were submitting a CD with no relevance at all to Southern Gospel. But even if it were a Southern Gospel CD, I think I’d be scared to review a CD submitted by a big-shot NYC lawyer! Who knows what might happen if I said anything critical!

(For how to submit a CD, see the contact page.)


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  1. Was the CD from at least a Christian artist?

    • “Inspirational,” i.e., songs that are supposed to be considered uplifting (whether or not spiritual), but decidedly not Southern Gospel. There were also major modesty issues (it was a female soloist) on the CD cover which would also keep me from running it.

  2. How TO pitch a CD: like a frisbee…

  3. Too funny! If this was on Google+, I’d number one it for certain! 😀

    -Taylor for TGF

    • I actually put it on Facebook, and had so many comments there that I decided to post this here when nothing more pertinent for the day came to mind!

  4. A CD is something we rarely receive in radio any more, sad. I miss holding the jewel case, or in my case going all the way back to 45’s and lp’s, to read the song/group info. I guess it’s just a sign of the times and my age. I was coresponding with an artist today about some groups and record companies expecting “radio” to surf/search for a release on a general web page. I will go check out a song if the group or company sends a notifying e-mail stating they have new songs ready. Otherwise we may not know a song even exists.

    • From the promoter’s standpoint, granted, there is less cost. But I’ve also heard quite a few DJs comment on liking the change because they can get songs instantly instead of waiting days for a mailer to make its way to through the post office system.

  5. I am all for downloads and less cost to artist. I love haveing all the titles on computer. I was just refering to not knowing a song is out there for me or when important info like publishing is not easily available.

    • Ah! I see your point far better now. Yes, it must be pretty hard to report to ASCAP/BMI/SESAC/SoundExchange without having the necessary publishing info!

      • That’s one frustrating thing for my radio program. I’ve found a few sites where I can find some writer and publisher info, but we shouldn’t have to spend a big part of our time trying to hunt down that information. Whenever I get a new physical CD, I’ll always manually add the writer and publishing info to iTunes so I have it. Good luck on old albums! Sometimes they didn’t even put writers down!