Clay and I continually running into people throughout SongTown territories that have "write-up-itis."
We can spot the affliction immediately, because we have both battled this dreadful and potentially fatal disease in the past.
The symptoms generally start after you write the first song that you think is really commercially viable.
A slight fever starts to develop. You get what I call "the bug."
The bug leads to hallucinations. You see yourself driving along in your car when you hear a familiar intro come on the radio. The RADIO. Not the CD player. The real live FM radio!!!!
The intro fades into an opening line that you would know anywhere. You wrote it. A SUPERSTAR is singing it. Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Kenny Chesney. You pull over and just soak in the moment. Then, the guy behind you starts to honk and you are jolted back to reality.
That's not your song on the radio. It's another one written by Mrs. X, the hottest writer in town. "The bug" is eating away at your brain.
You decide right then and there that writing with Mrs. X is your ticket to success.
The next symptom kicks in. Stalking. You find out where Mrs. X lives and you drive by her house occasionally. In braver moments, you slow down by her mailbox and practice the motions of slipping a CD into the box, closing the door and racing away before you are caught.
If you are able to resist the "CD drop," you drive back home pondering other ways to get to Mrs. X. Then it hits you. The grocery! Everyone goes to the grocery. You lurk in the grocery nearest her home, hoping for a sighting. If this brings no results, you decide to find out if Mrs. X is playing any shows in the near future.
You find one just two weeks away! "Eureka," you think!!! "I will go to her show, compliment her music and ask her to write after the show. No one has ever thought of that!!!" you tell yourself! The bug is slowly taking over.
In the quietness of your home, you look around at the walls that are now plastered with pictures of Mrs. X. You realize that two weeks it too long to wait. You are in the final stages of "write-up-itis" and you turn to the dark side. Cyber stalking.
You send Mrs. X a Facebook friend request. Slowly working your way into her world, you send her a compliment - "I love your writing." Minutes pass with no response, so you send another - "You're one of my heroes." And you wait, and you wait.
Thus the story goes. The ending is too ugly to share. But, the point of the story is this. You have opportunities to write with very talented people right where you are. The key to this business is NOT figuring out how to "write up" every day with a big hit song writer. There is no crazy thing you can think of to do that hasn't already been tried.
And, if you spend all of your time stalking hit writers who aren't likely to write with you anyway, you miss the GREAT opportunities that surround you every day. I heard an AWESOME song this week written by 3 SongTown writers. They took advantage of the opportunities they had right where they are.
Write on. Not UP