After I post this blog today I will only publish on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Why? Too much writing to do and I’m loosing my grip on my sanity. What kind of writing? Songwriting. I am trying to clean up some song-fragments and work out the kinks of the almost-finished ones, for another batch for copyright. And as always, I am behind my phony, trumped-up, self-imposed deadline.
Also I am working on polishing up my songs for the Songwriter Social a week from Friday, on December 10th. For me this is a big deal. I want to look as polished as I can. I want to show off an assortment of my work for my peers. It’s
important. It’s also necessary.
For this songwriter, it is not enough to have a band, and it is not enough to woodshed and get tight. At some point it is necessary for me to sit in with my peers and be counted as part of a larger group. So the Songwriter Social is where songwriters go to share what they do for both fans and peers.
And I have to admit, that even after over 40 years of performing, I am just a little nervous about it. Oh yeah, I am! You see most of my audiences like my sound, and like my energy, and the live performances cover a lot of the small mistakes I do. But other songwriters, listen to the words! I am not sure why this freaks me out, but it does. I suppose it’s because the words are of primary importance to me. I go crazy when a band mixes their words under the sound. I always demand my mixes have the vocals prominent.
Getting tight with material is time-consuming, and very repetitive. I sing my set list over and over and over and over… I record myself and listen to my between-songs rap to hear if it makes any sense, of if it is just so much blather. Even a microphone used for practice puts and edge on the practice that enhances the feeling of on-stage pressure/distractions. And while there is actually no right or wrong way to do this, I have a target of excellence I have set up and I continually shoot for it. There is nothing wrong with doing something right, and right, for me, means that regardless of the small on-stage mistakes I may make, I will do what I do as well as I can.