Singers v. Songwriters

Singers and Songwriters. These days, they’re almost one and the same. But what about the people who don’t (or didn’t) write their own songs?

I don’t know how they do it. Maybe that’s just because I can’t imagine not writing my own stuff. If you’re just a songwriter, what do you do? Write songs and sit around until someone wants to buy them? That sounds like rough going.

And how does someone go about buying songs that they can sing? Do songwriters just throw songs out there for you to choose from? That sounds overwhelming. I know sometimes people write songs specifically for other people, but that seems rare.

How can someone take credit for what someone else wrote? That would usually fall under the category of plagiarism. But it doesn’t seem to be that way with songs.

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