Awesome kick-off party. We started off with an ice-breaker of who our favorite artists are, and then moved into personal rules and focus for this upcoming 100 days of songwriting.
I wanted to give you a heads up about a change I am making to our Facebook group. For the last couple years the group has been set to “closed/private." Which means that anyone who wanders by must request approval before they can see what's going on on the inside. It also means that group members can't share posts from within the group to the outside world. This is about to change.
We had an awesome song-critique session with Shane! Thank you Clarissa, Kirsty, Colleen, and Masha for being brave in submitting. I learned as much from watching other critiques as I did from my own.
Here is the songwriting workshop taught by Shane Adams, Berklee professor, and 100 Days of Songwriting member.
Metaphors Exercise starts at: 00:14:18
Song Idea generator starts at: 01:08:25
Here is the recording of my conversation with John Nicholson using the ZOOM app.
John lives on acreage in Queensland Australia. He is a retired business consultant and a full-time singer-songwriter. He also teaches a songwriting course called "Myth Busters" at festivals around Australia.
"The people who get what they’re after are very often the ones who just stick around long enough."—Austin Kleon Show Your Work!
Imagine if you stuck around for yourself?
If you want to build a creative habit you have to believe that you are worth sticking around for. You have to believe that your heart, mind, and creative source are worth taking care of. If you don't take care of it, it will get taken care of by the loudest voices in your life. The loudest voices in my life are inside my head, "...don't be selfish," or "...just one more episode," or "just one more handful of pretzels..."
I believe that inside of you, me, and of every other person on this planet, is a well of creativity that is deeper than the boundaries of any imagination. When you take care of it, it takes care of you. And then you can take care of others. Is that being selfish?
They say, "love your neighbor as yourself." I say, "Love yourself. Then love your neighbors."
Take care of your creative spark and it will turn you into a shining beacon. Your work will light the way for others on their own journey.