I like leaving the politics outside when it’s time to play songs, as it sounds like you do, too. Yes, I have some very first hand experience of being told what the “formula” is. Just this week as a matter of fact and by some of the top folks. It’s OK with me that I probably never will fit into that box. A younger guy asked me about my songwriting and I said, “I just try to write songs I won’t feel stupid singing”. I did not write at all for 20 years and only went back to it in ‘07, but you can hear stuff of varying production qualities at http://emmettgrayson.avenuehifi.com
Radio is in the business of selling commercials and the music is just to fill in the space in between. Let me know where I can hear some of your stuff, OK?
I agree, if someone wants to write those songs, go for it. But if you wouldnt sing it, you shouldnt write it (Honky Tonk Badonkadonk, for instance).
I used to have a BR recorder and did some songs, but now that I have a Mac and Pro Tools, I just need to upgrade to record my own. I dont have a site, I mainly have just recorded for my friends. And I just write whatever makes sense at the time, so I have some country, some 50’s Rock n Roll, some bluegrass, and even some Godsmack Heavy Metal. Its more fun for me to write what you feel like than trying to write the perfect stylized song.