Artist Highlight: John Nicholson

Cowboy angel is what comes to mind when I think of John. He is a part of a ton of songwriting communities all over the internet, runs a podcast (SOS: Songwriters and Original Songs), and has written hundreds of songs...if not thousands. I particularly enjoy his dry sense of humor and blunt Australian accent.

Meet John

John is from Queensland, Australia.

What do you do during the day?

Whatever I can musically, songwriting, music teaching, performing, magazine writing, podcasts etc


What Day of 100 is your piece from?

I am not really sure! 10, I think.

Point Me to the Light


Lies suck and rain clouds suck.

The world is out to get you.

You want to chase the shadows out

Clear away the blue


You wonder when will it end.

You wanted things to change

But would you have chosen this

If you’d known it’d be so strange


I wanted to be like Indiana Jones,

But not afraid of snakes

Finding all those hidden gems

Not putting on the brakes


Point me to the light

Point me to the light


But all i see is darkness

A life of patronising words

Flown to the worlds four corners

On the wings of birds.


I just wanted the greatest things

Those that make you strong

I checked what google said

Now i carry a shovel along.


Drain your life of autumn days

Don’t allow the pull of the tide

Let others help your cause

Pack away the pride


Point me to the light

Point me to the light

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Do you have any guilty pleasures in music?

No, I dont feel guilty really - I have no shame for any music even some really over-sweet love songs!

What inspired you to want to write songs?

Have done it since I was young on and off! Then about 5 years ago it came back more like a compulsion. I was fit to burst, it was like I had to empty the tank! still fuel in the tank though!

What does your songwriting habit look like?

I write a minimum of one hour per day, play an instrument for one hour per day, and research a few hours every week.

How has developing a songwriting practice affected your life?

When the compulsion came to write every song inside me I was consumed and for that short time, I had no time for much else! I soon found my balance again!

Who are your influences? How have they shaped you?

Honestly, living inspires me! I live, I write! I demo! I'm inspired by acts of kindness, by selflessness, by beauty!

What challenge are you facing with songwriting?

Slowing down the output and deciding what to do with all my songs.

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