This weekend I am taking part in a telesummit music conference for songwriters. A whole bunch of us folks who actually make our living with our music will be available for consultation. Go to http://www.artofthesong.org for details. I’ll be available at 4:30 to 5:30 pm PST on Saturday, August 21st, if you want to specifically talk to me.
This is a further extension of the whole lessons/learning/teaching process. I know that as a song writer, I learn something everytime I teach a class. And I’ve done it at the University of California, at Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz, as well as Summersongs Music Camp (www.summersongs.com) and the Marin County Music & Light Camps.
If you are a songwriter, I recommend attending one of these conferences. It is amazing how much you learn from each other as well as from the professional songwriters who are on the faculty.
There are so many tricks of the trade that we each use that you find out no one else does but you. And when you start trading that info, you begin to get a real window into accessing the creative process.
I have a friend who manages to start hundreds of songs, but he has finished none of them. He says that the lyrics always hang him up.
I suggest collaboration. There are thousands of lyricists out there who have no melodic gift or a limited one at any rate and they are looking for someone with whom they can collaborate.
Just google songwriters or lyricists or songwriter bulletin boards. You can find someone and thanks to the internet they don’t even have to be in the same time zone or continent. Don’t let your creativity just lie there. It feels great to use it…or you lose it. I promise.
Hope I hear from some of you at the telesummit.