I recently found a crusty old cassette that I recorded sometime in the late 70’s and managed to find a cassette player (!!) to play it on. I wanted to transfer the whole thing over to digital to preserve it, just for my own amusement. I barely recognized the songs, let alone the inspiration behind them! Hang on to your old songs, even if you aren’t particularly fond of them…you never know how much pleasure it will give you many years down the road 🙂
That got me to thinking about my more recent “old” songs.
And then I started playing a few of them, just to entertain myself. I came upon one that I recorded in the late 90’s called Sweet Cinderella. I’ve been thinking about the notion of doing a Facebook Live “concert” one of these days because I haven’t really performed in awhile. So I wanted to test out my equipment and see how it would look and sound. The mix is a little off, the guitar a little too hot, but here’s the video:
I received this email from Anis A., the Director of Music and Special Projects for the Songs of Love Foundation:
“The Songs of Love Foundation is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates free, personalized, original songs to uplift children and teens currently facing tough medical, physical or emotional challenges. Each CD is professionally produced with lyrics containing the child’s name and references to all of his or her favorite activities, things, people, and pets. Songs are written and performed in any language in the musical style that the child likes best (pop, R&B, rap, rock, alternative, etc.), by a variety of talented professionals.
“Songwriters who have written for us have going to signing record deals and even winning a Grammy. Jason Mraz is just one of them. Not to mention Michael Bolton, David Lee Roth, Itaal Shur and many more.
“We are looking for songwriters that can help us, by giving back with the talents that they were given, to some really deserving kids and teens. If a songwriter feels they can create a one-of-a-kind song for a child/teen then we would greatly appreciate their talents.”
If you would like to contribute to the good works of this organization, here is some contact info:
This website is meant for songwriters of all sorts. I’ve been writing songwriting articles since 1996 and pretty much all of them are still available! To see a list of all of the articles, you can go right here. Otherwise I welcome you to peruse the site whichever way you want.
I remember the first song I plagiarized. It was “Leaving On A Jet Plane” by John Denver. I was probably only about 12 years old at the time because I had likely heard the song on the radio sometime in 1969 when it was first released. I didn’t know the word “plagiarism” then, let alone understand the concept of it.
I was in the middle of writing a song called “Home” (sorry, I took that title before you, Edward Sharpe and Phillip Phillips!). Instinctively I came up with a little instrumental bridge, but then I decided to hum over top of it. Part of the melody I was humming was the first two lines of the chorus of Leaving On A Jet Plane. I remember the subtle feeling that the melody wasn’t mine, but it didn’t bother me too much at the time!
The hardest part about writing a song is finishing it. Wouldn’t it be nice if they all just flowed out of us in one, sweet sitting with no editing necessary? More likely is the fact that we’ll have to work at it to get it done. When you find yourself struggling to finish a song, consider these five points: