I just got back from the monthly Songwriters in Seattle networking meetup, and I must say “Wow”! The amount of talent in the room was insane – try to imagine a small room with 20 or so musicians packed in, each playing an original song that showed off their personal style. Every one put a smile on my face. It was super-inspiring to look around and think about what a supportive musical community we have.
There were no “hacks” there tonight. Sure people are at different points in their musical journeys – some played their best song, some played a recent song, some played a song to ask the group for feedback, so it’s not necessarily always a “best foot forward” kind of situation. But the variety and energy that came through whether it was live or recorded was phenomenal. If you’re a musician and you can possibly get to one of these events, you owe it to yourself to check it out.
On a personal note, I played my new song for people and the reaction was great (which is always re-assuring). My friend Jessica Lynne thinks it’s my best song yet! Each new one seems to be her favorite! I am really happy with how it turned out, and that I can play it acceptably this close to writing it is somewhat a testament to how natural it feels to me. I can’t wait to play it for you – stay tuned for an announcement about that!
So what inspires you? Other people? Places? Events? Where do you go for inspiration when there doesn’t seem to be anything hitting you at the moment? I’m certainly inspired to write some more songs and help these other musicians be successful. I think that’s the heart of Songwriters in Seattle and one of the reasons I’m proud to lead the group. Let’s all be inspired and lift everyone up at the same time. It is time to really take it to the next level!