FROM THE PRESIDENT
Maybe you’ve noticed and maybe you haven’t, but every picture in my column has been different. In January’s issue, I was “busking” on the street in Eureka Springs. In February’s issue I was standing in front of the giant guitar at the Grand Ol’ Opry. In this issue I am playing at Buffalo West wearing my favorite hat. Looking at the picture, it got me thinking.
In life, we all wear many “hats”. We are fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, grandmas and grandpas. We also have various occupations, skills, and the list goes on and on. The many “hats” we wear change from time to time and we do our best to achieve our goals. Sometimes we are successful and sometimes we fail. But, we are only human and continue to strive for happiness in a world that does not always share our sentiment.
As songwriters, many times our own experiences contribute to the songs we create. Whether happy or sad, our lives become the lyrics on the page. Our personal feelings take the listener on a journey of truth sometimes to difficult for us to share. But, it allows us to remain anonymous while telling a story in which many others can relate. This is often the most difficult “hat” to wear.
We get down on ourselves because we start a song and never finish. Or, we have a great hook, chorus, verse, or idea for a song and we forget it before it is written down or recorded.
Another situation is coming up with what we think is an awesome song. Then, we take it to an evaluation session just to have it picked apart by others and we begin to doubt our skills as a songwriter.
Well, ladies and gentlemen - buckle up and hold on. Nobody said it was going to easy. We must face adversity head on and continue to go forward. If songwriting was easy, everyone would be doing it. We are very lucky to have a skill that allows us to write down the voices in our heads. So, wear the “hat” proudly and be true to your art. Take care and keep the music growing.