Possibly Entering The Songwriting World.

5 Jan

A few days ago, a friend of mine asked me why I wasn’t a songwriter. And for informative purposes, this was the third time she’s asked me this particular question. Mostly though, I think I’d just never considered it. I’m a huge music lover. I have music playing pretty much constantly. My music taste includes country, pop, rock, folk, acoustic, bluegrass, and some rap. So yeah, I like pretty much anything in terms of music. I also constantly find myself singing along to the radio or my ipod. In terms of the writing portion of songwriting though, I’ve got that covered. As I’ve explained before, I started writing when I was young, and at a young age, it was a huge part of my life. It’s what I turned to when things got hard, and that was quite a bit. Despite taking a break from writing for the last 2 years, I’ve re-discovered my love for it through my daily posts on this blog.

So, when you put two and two together, I guess it could be a curious thing to wonder why I’m not a songwriter, especially since I used to write poetry constantly. And aren’t songs just poems with a specific stanza that repeats? With my love of music and writing, why not combine them? So, after some thought over the past couple of days, I’ve decided to give it a shot. I mean, it can’t hurt right?

I wrote my first song yesterday, and I’m moving back and forth as to whether I want to share it with all of you. I sent the lyrics to my friend who suggested I write songs and also told her that I had come up with it in a matter of minutes, and she was incredibly impressed. However, I’m pretty sure I can come up with better songs. So, I’ll hold off on sharing until I feel more sure of myself.

So, now to all of you, has there ever been something that someone suggested you try, but you didn’t really know how to respond since you’d never really given it much thought? And if you have been in that kind of situation, do you try that something in order to please the person who suggested it or do you try it because you’re curious as to whether you can succeed? I feel like others positive opinions of us can sometimes be tricky. I mean, yes it feels good when someone compliments you for a talent, but living up to that can be hard. Living up to the expectations others place on you can be more difficult than trying to figure out your own feelings about those expectations. But then again, people’s expectations come from somewhere. They don’t just appear out of the blue. So maybe it’s possible than an expectation that someone else sees isn’t necessarily not present, but it’s just in a place that you haven’t discovered yet. But either way, it’s worth a shot. And if you try and you don’t succeed, isn’t that better than not trying at all?


5 Responses to “Possibly Entering The Songwriting World.”

  1. celticsoulgirl January 5, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    Yes! Good luck Amelia. I ´d love to see those lyrics too. Go for it!

  2. Dr. Angela Kowitz Orobko January 6, 2012 at 12:25 am #

    Good for you! Go for it. I propose that you visualize yourself as a successful songwriter and take action steps in that direction as if you are already there. I believe as long as you believe in yourself, you can do anything your heart desires. Please yourself first; if others are pleased you are twice blessed. If they are not. So, what? Have fun and good luck.

  3. Sharmishtha January 6, 2012 at 3:04 am #

    glad that you gave song writing a try, you know, we should never ignore the suggestions of well wishers, avid readers, sometimes they see more in us than we are capable of seeing.

    all the best!

  4. Chris January 6, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

    Hello… I just happened upon your blog, I searched for Asheville and yours was one of the first results. If you’re ever looking for someone to collaborate with hit me up. I’m trying to get back into music in the new year, and maybe working with someone else’s songs might be the creative kick in the pants I need. Anywho, if you get bored check out my blog, I have links to some of my music. Take care and good luck with songwriting!

  5. jmgershom January 6, 2012 at 11:33 pm #

    Greetings Amelia! So, you’re in college. I guess you won’t read this until Sunday. 😛

    I had just finished writing a post on my blog about spontaneity mixed with poetry and songwriting. I decided to search WordPress for others who wrote about writing songs. Surprise! Your recent post was one of the first listed, so I thought I’d take a gander and read it. I liked it and hope that your writing endeavors are fruitful. I’m more of a casual poet than songwriter, but writing songs is something that tugs at my creative urges. I play a lousy guitar and my singing voice…well, lets just say that I can’t take my shower with me everywhere I go. lol

    Good Luck and remember, there can never be enough music in the world with the words that let everyone relate to one another. 🙂

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