Thank you. All of you. Those of you who read but don’t comment provide an audience for my work. Nearly all creative people want to share their work. You give to me an opportunity to do so and I’m grateful.
Those of you who read and often comment are a BIG part of my inspiration. You support me in so many ways and I feel a part of a loving, vibrant, talented, creative, mutually supportive community that I cherish. You have become important friends in my life and for you I’m very grateful.
Thank you also for your patience. Although I attempt to rapidly reply to your comments, add new posts, and read your posts and blogs, my response times often lag well beyond what I’d prefer. I apologize to you for that.
I also want to thank you, dear friends, for giving to me a place to be myself. Yes, I started the blog, but without you it would be no more than a private diary. Because of YOUR love, encouragement, and support I’ve been able to open up and to stretch as never before. I’ll be eternally grateful for all that you’ve given to me.
And I’m not just opening up more with you. I’m doing it more in other aspects of my life too. I’ve even decided to focus most of my songwriting going forward based on who I am at my core. For example, our last song was about a woman who is angry at being cheated on. I’m not a woman, and I haven’t been cheated on since I was dating over 35 years ago. In retrospect, it seems presumptuous and silly to try to write a song which feels authentic to the listener about that topic.
So, most of my songwriting going forward will be focused on what I know the most about, from my perspective, heart, gut, and spirit. It won’t be for everyone–no music ever is anyway. But I’m going to focus on writing stuff that I would love as a listener. I figure that with the internet, others who love the same thing will find my songs, rather than my chasing a market because some industry execs say that is what I’m supposed to do to have a shot at the brass ring. Besides I’m doing it for fun, so no matter what I do, if I keep having fun, “I’ve Already Won”. (If that phrase sounds familiar, it’s because I’ve used it with some frequency lately, and it has become kind of a life motto and mantra. So with this change in focus, I thought it was the perfect title for my newest song, “I’ve Already Won”.
My other current songwriting project is “Shadow Of Our Love”. The first draft was written months ago and doesn’t really fit so much into what I was just talking about as a change of focus, but I like and plan to finish it.
So, what is my current songwriting focus and niche? Well, some my earlier lyrics were called “Norman Rockwell-esque Americana”. Sometimes it was even said as a compliment. However the comments were intended, I took them as a major compliment because I’m a huge fan of Rockwell’s work. I’m also someone who cries at sentimental films and songs. And some songs are so beautiful that they even give the chills to me (in a good way). So what the heck, that’s who I am, and that’s what touches me, so I plan to attempt to write songs that would bring tears to my eyes, and ideally even give the chills to me.
So, the adventure continues. Thank you for coming along for the ride, and for who you are, and all you share with me!
If we’re having fun, we’ve already won.