FROM THE PRESIDENT
Hello again, I was elected by your FWSA board to serve as president for the remainder of the elected year. Rob and Deborah Owen did an incredible job for FWSA during a most difficult time and through 4 relocations of Open Mic. We are very sad for Rob, for the loss of his lifetime partner, friend, wife Deborah.
Most of the venues that survived the shut down have opened back up welcoming customers and hoping to recover lost customers. So cautiously move forward.
On the subject of writing a song from conception to radio ready, one thing to consider when trying to completing the process is to think of the steps as building a home. For many new songwriters, we instantly think we will be the lyricist, arrange the melody, set the tempo, be the instrumentalist, be the vocalist, record the song, balance the sound, master the finished product, be the publisher, and market the finished product. With all the enthusiasm and determination of an owner of a perfect new song, we charge ahead. Imagine saying, though I have never built a home, I am going to learn to select the perfect lot, level that ground, draw my own plans, do my own plumbing and electrical, pour my own concrete, frame my own house, put on the roof, brick the sides, sheetrock, texture, paint, lay the floor, run duct work and A/C, yes, I will do it myself. What could go wrong?
The saying for persuading songwriters to seek a co-writer is “half of anything is more than all of nothing”. I have wasted so much time writing songs, getting to a point where I don’t know what to do next, and throwing that unfinished song in a big box of songs to never be sung. Once the moment of inspiration leaves, frustration destroys the process, and there another unfinished song in the box. I do not claim to know all the answers. I am more like the guy with the same questions and frustrations as most songwriters but wanting alike minds and many talents to come together to bring back that inspiration and finish the song.
Let’s find an easier way to finish songs and have fun.