I am a non-performing songwriter who writes ORIGINAL, INNOVATIVE  lyrics and melodies. I enjoy all genres of music and can write in any style including: Hip- Hop, Pop, Ballad, Alternative, Adult Contemporary, Christian, Inspirational 

I like to step outside the box and write from various perspectives. Lyric-writing is definitely my strength. I strive to create a sense of imagery and poetry with my words.

Whether it is  humor, sarcasm, love, sadness, strength, or inspiration – I focus on the emotional aspect of a song and search for creative ways in which to present these emotions.(See sample lyrics below or my songs/lyrics page)

I’m interested in writing songs for both upcoming and established recording artists. One of my goals is to collaborate with other songwriters and musicians to create songs for short film, movie, and television soundtracks as well as advertising campaigns.

I write as a hobby and occasionally have a few songs professionally produced. I will continue to work with StudioPros producer and brilliant musical composer, Robb Hutzal. I am also honored to be working with Larry Beaird of Beaird Music Group on some upcoming projects. Along with several new songs, it is a goal to gradually update some of my past productions with writing revisions and new arrangements. 

I'm Alive

by Ruth Buettner

Feature Song: I’m Alive

(Produced by Robb Hutzal of Studio Pros and amazing vocalist from Studio Pros)

My second attempt at an alternative rock song written for video game or sports venues. I’m a sports fan so I love power anthems and wanted to write something in this genre without sounding too cliché. The idea for this song had been stuck in my head for months so the melody and lyrics came together in less than an hour when I sat down to write.

A common theme in many of my songs is relating with the underdog in life.  I’m not impressed with people who have inherited their wealth or gained success through influential connections. I think that’s why I defend athletes and their salaries. Their skills are unique and they earn their positions through sheer talent and training – Nepotism and former Nick stars need not apply.

When you start from the ground up to work for something, you rarely forget your humble beginnings. When you aren’t given everything in life, you appreciate it far more. When you reach the summit and accomplish your goals, you feel ALIVE!

I want to promote this song heavily to video game companies and sports advertising. If nothing else, perhaps I will gain some clout as a “songwriting warrior princess” with gamers.

My producer, Robb Hutzal, and his team at Studio Pros ran with this song artistically. The energy of the music tracks and arrangement matched the vibe I wanted to create with this song. The talented vocalist is my favorite singer from Studio Pros. His vocals remind me of Lenny Kravitz on this particular song. I gave him artistic liberty with the rap verses. While I can haphazardly write rap lyrics as I hear them in my mind, I am certainly not Lauryn Hill and uncomfortable singing them into a microphone. Evan has a gift of bringing the lyrics and melody of my songs to life.

 

 

(Musical arrangement and talented demo singer provided by Studio Pros)

-An acoustic ballad I wrote for young people finding their way in this world. It is an affirmation of individuality, diversity, creativity, and independent thinking. Throughout life, people are always giving conflicting advice on ways to conform. My message is to embrace your individuality. Creativity is a gift. Artistic ability is a blessing. Independent thinking is a sign of strength and a quality of leadership. Thinking outside the box and outside yourself helps you empathize with the struggle and pain of others.

Side note: Much like life, songwriting advice for success is also conflicting and can be very frustrating.  “Be original, follow a formula, write from another perspective, write from experience, write from the heart, keep it upbeat, keep it mainstream, keep it original, make it different, keep it simple, give it complexity, be universal, be specific, write with detail, be vague, mix it up, just re-write, revise often, and don’t be too wordy, … No, go with your first instinct….” I do want to scream because success often boils down to who you know in the music industry, if you are a former Disney star or sometimes it’s based purely on luck.

You Turn My Good into Great (country)

by Ruth Buettner

Turn into a Zombie

by Ruth Buettner

I'm Alive lyrics

 When we rise, rise, rise-when we rise up into the light

climb from the bottom, reach the summit-We’re alive -We know we have arrived 

I’m an outsider outcast. I’m a 1-Up walkabout riding a wave to impasse

Always outplay, outmatch. Outlast the insider. I’ll outscore, outclass. 

This is what it feels like -This is what it feels likeYeah, this is how it feels to be greater than life

I’m alive –live- live  I’m alive-live-live -I’m alive. I’m alive 

Been there done that. Watched from the sidelines.Paid all my dues. Put in all of my time.What I’ve earned. Never given. Hard work made it mine and I’m alive 

When we rise, rise, rise-When we rise up into the light

Show no fear. Show your strength –We stand on the side of right 

I’m an outsider outcast. I’m a 1-Up walkabout riding a wave to impasse

Always outplay, outmatch. Outlast the insider. I’ll outscore, outclass. 

This is what it feels like -This is what it feels like –Yeah, this is how it feels to be greater than life

I’m alive-live-live I’m alive-live-live – I’m alive-I’m alive- 

Your silver spoon paved the way, gold gave you your name-You can take center stage and bask in the fading spotlight-but the strong will survive and the righteous will remain And I’m alive 

This is what it feels like -This is what it feels like-Yeah, this is how it feels to be greater than life

I’m alive-live-live I’m alive-live-live – I’m alive I’m alive

 

Scream lyrics

Hold it all in Let it all goEveryone says, just don’t forget to breathe But I want to, I want to scream  

Never speak your mind, how you feel Always hold your tongue Everyone says; just never share what you believe And I want to, I want to scream Why can’t I, why can’t I just be me?  

I’m my own splash of color I don’t see in black and white I try to play by the rules, color in the lines but filters can’t change what I feel inside I’m not extraordinary, I’m shy of ordinary Lost somewhere in between and I want to scream, “I think differently”  

Try to fit in Try to be yourself Everyone says; just don’t act like anyone else But I want to, I want to scream  

Never wear your heart on your sleeve Always hold your head up high Everyone says; just never let them see you cry And I want to, I want to scream Why can’t I, why can’t I just be me?  

I’m my own splash of color I don’t see in black and white I try to play by the rules, color in the lines but filters can’t change what I feel  inside I’m not extraordinary, I’m shy of ordinary Lost somewhere in between and I want to scream, “I think differently”

and I want to, I want to (long breath) just don’t forget to breathe            

Sample Lyrics (cynical): Chemistry

Sample Lyrics (uplifting): Bring on Life

Sample Lyrics (Humorous): Turn into a Zombie