Did You Know?
When you record your original songs you should be sure to have not only the finished “CD” version but all other configurations (instrumental only, vocal only…and anything else you can think of) at the ready in the event you’re able to license the song for use in a film or advertisement. Sometimes the “full” version of a song isn’t appropriate for the situation…even if the director and music supervisor really dig the song and want to use it. If you have it available in multiple configurations, you increase the possibility that it can be used in the way they need.
Here’s an example…you know the theme song for the show Chuck? It’s called Short Skirt/Long Jacket by the band Cake…and it actually has lyrics…beyond the “na, na, na, na, na…na” you hear during the opening credits of the show. See, the full version wasn’t appropriate, but they wanted THAT song…and the band had it ready with no lead vocals…SO, it got used and they made some money.