I view my songwriting like an athlete views his or her sport. I have to practice. I have to stay in shape. So I do it every day. I can stack the odds in my favor by starting with a distraction-free space. I need to feel quiet and relaxed and able to channel things that are deeper than the inputs from my immediate surroundings. I don't want the phone to ring, or the TV buzzing away in the background. When inspiration hits I need to be able to receive it clearly. If I don't catch it, someone else will.
SONGWRITERS!! Do you ever feel like you’re all alone out there? Laboring in a vacuum? Wishing you could connect with other songwriters for advice or collaboration? If you live in San Diego to Seattle or anywhere in between, you’re in luck! You have an abundance of resources at your fingertips in the West Coast Songwriters’ Association.
I grew up in Nashville. It was a very intimidating place to grow up if you aspire to sing or make music. Nearly everyone that ever came to work on our air conditioner was trying to be in the music business. Most of the waiters and waitresses were, too. I saw lots of people TRYING to be singers and songwriters, but I didn't know anyone who was actually doing it.
One of the little joys an avid music listener anticipates is the next band/album that is going to affect him or her in such a way, that it cannot be explained completely with words. Sure, they can make an attempt explaining why an album is "so good," but there is just something alien to dialogue that strikes a "chord" (pun intended) in their heart-soul (that's a "Hamlet 2" reference, and if you got it, bravo). For me, that band was, and still is, The Black Atlantic.
I’ll rarely pass up an opportunity to catch a show at one of the greatest venues in the Bay Area–The Fox Theater–so when I saw Iron & Wine was on the calendar, I made plans to be there. I was (and still am) a huge fan of Iron & Wine’s 2004 release, Our Endless Numbered Days, so I jumped at the chance to see Sam Beam at The Fox, who is touring in support of his latest record, Ghost on Ghost. Admittedly, I haven’t kept up with Beam much these days, but I was excited to see where the last few years had taken him.
Enter Now! This month we're giving away a Roland AC-40 Acoustic Chorus Guitar Amplifier! This compact acoustic amp is super lightweight at less than 12 lbs. and has dual 6.5 inch speakers for stereo and a tilt stand to angle the amp upwards. Plus in your guitar, and even your mic and go! Great for singer/songwriters and more.
Under normal circumstances, an up-and-coming and super-energetic musical act like The Lone Bellow wouldn’t pass up a chance to play Music City. But for The Lone Bellow, it’s a no-brainer, as they have ties to Nashville, which makes a show there stand out for two reasons.
I purchased my 2000 Ovation Collectors Edition in the same year it was built. It’s a medium depth acoustic/electric guitar. Coming from a primarily electric background, I wanted an acoustic that would make my hands feel right at home.
Years ago I heard folk guitarist David Wilcox say that certain guitars had more songs in them than others. I think this is true, and I've tried to surround myself with guitars that have lots of songs to give. My first quality acoustic was a late ‘80s Taylor K-22C, and over the years I've been inspired by both modern and vintage guitars. My current "go-to" list includes...