Yup. People seem to like listening to me, but I don't invent enough opportunities to be heard.I started writing songs when I started playing guitar. I had a hard time learning other peoples songs, I’d pick the wrong chords, couldn’t sing and play, tried to do literal interpretations. I’ve written about 1000 songs or parts thereof, 50 or so that can be in my set. I’ve developed a quirky style that breaks some rules and makes the songs stand out a bit.
My problem is not pushing my music out there. I made a good record and then let it whither. Kind of a lack of ambition.
I’ve got a gig next month with a band I put together and we’ll play my originals. Some songs I wrote over 40 years ago. Most have never seen the light of day. They’re good tunes and I’ll use them to get a show at the Hillside Music Festival here in town. My band has good musicians and I’m really gonna push this act. My goal is to get a song recorded by an artist that sells.
Be a shameless copycat. It's like the old saying: Amateurs borrow, pros steal.First and hardest part for me is getting a general idea of a tune / chord progression or some idea for lyrics. Sometimes a certain idea is just easy developing because of an incident that happened or something I watched ( people, nature etc.).
Also another hard part for me is not to sound like someone else or a song that has already been out.
The singing part is quite easy , because ( even if it might not always sound good ) it is my own voice.
But after playing and recording guitar/bass/drum parts I often think it sounds similar to
songs I already know.So somehow I am a victim of my own musical influences , but I try to ignore them.
Ha....I hear you on that.I just want it to sound good even if very few hear it. At least I did my bestest and I can have some dignity left when I walk away from the recording studio! Lol.
It never seems to end my friend!
Sometimes for me it is hard NOT to sound like Neil Young when playing an acoustic steel string guitar and a harmonica .... (I do not mean my voice, just this combination of instruments )Be a shameless copycat. It's like the old saying: Amateurs borrow, pros steal.
TL/DR = Too Long, Didn't Read.TL/DR?
If one of my songs is garbage, it's not finished. When it's good, it's done.
Then comes the hard part: memorizing the damn thing.
Love your Twilight Zone episode! A friendly amendment: He lands in hell, and "Tie a Yellow Ribbon," is blasting out of the sound system.
The upside is, you can't know that answer until you put it out there where someone else can listen to it; sneak it in, then give the songwriting credit to a stage name you make up.3) I am stymied in overcoming these obstacles by the crushing feeling that nobody cares whether I sing my songs or not, not even me half the time.
It's the sound of the song that makes it. Words and music make more than the sum of their parts.Howdy CB....
In my meaningless humble opinion Verse 3 far outshines the others.
I dig it.
Back to it....
Follow through. The hardest part is the last 5% of the process. Finishing them can be very difficult.I'll go first: Learning them! (I had to take high school Spanish I three times because I couldn't remember the vocabulary. Times tables? Forget it — literally.)
I've always envied those Brill Building types who could just write 'em up and toss 'em out there for someone else to record and perform. These days it's all up to us.
I'm celebrating because I just sang a ten-year-old song all the way through without forgetting any of it for the first time.
It's a long one, so I've been avoiding it forever. But my wife likes it, so I finally sat down last week to learn it, and after a few dozen practice sessions, I finally got through the whole thing (slowly!) without a stumble or a pause.
It'll be a few days of errors before I get it right again, but after that it'll happen more and more often, until I can get it right more often than not. By then I'll be putting some feeling in it, too, and it'll be pub-gig-ready.
So how about you? What do you struggle with? (If you don't struggle with anything, don't answer. It'll just depress the rest of us.)