FROM THE PRESIDENT
We songwriters are a blessed group of expressionists. Sometimes we may not know how to express what we are feeling but we are in touch with those feelings of life's great moments, and that is a blessing. So many people simply do not notice life's special moments.
I have often thought of how a journalist keeps his/her attitude while writing for a living. If everybody is like me, some days I only pick up the newspaper for the comics or crossword puzzle. All the rest of the author's hard work is ignored, wasted paper, wasted ink, wasted delivery. Now in the online days we simply scroll past written articles like this one, on to something we might find useful. But there is that one time, every so often, we connect and find amusing or educating information in ink.
Songwriters and performers know too well the audience attention span is just a passing moment. But each time we write, each time we perform, each time we enter that song contest, we gain valuable experience even if we do not get the recognition we wanted.
I remember several times someone would say, "so you're a songwriter, any songs on the radio, or songs that I might know?" Like you're not really a songwriter until you have a song on the radio? So, what do we call ourselves until we have a hit song, I wonder? Should we insert "amateur", "beginner", or "unsuccessful" before "songwriter" to better describe our hobby which we hope to make a career? No, I say if you don't call yourself a songwriter, why would you expect anyone else to do so?
Our story is just like the beginning of many career songwriters' stories. Our story is not finished yet. Sell the song to the audience. Remember, "both the person who thinks he can, and the person who thinks he can't, are correct."
Until next time, keep writing!