Songwriting changed for me in February of last year. Not because I read a book about songwriting or attended a music conference. And certainly not because I became more clever and creative. No, songwriting changed last February when I wrote a song about someone, boldly describing an unspoken feeling, and then played the song for that person. The impact was immediate and the connection everlasting. I can never undo that song, and I'll never want to.
Something about that song taught me how to write from the heart. Of course, all of my songs are about something; an event or feeling that sparked an idea or phrase and turned into a tune. But since this experience, I've tried to break apart my raw emotion and say things that I should either be mortified for someone to hear or that someone has been dying to hear. Why? Because those things are the truth and everyone can relate to the honest feelings of the heart. Whether they are rational, warranted, appropriate or not, they are real and they exist in all of us.
I'd like to use this blog to tell the stories of some of my songs. Some stories are best left as songs, but others are eager to be shared. The first will be Belong. Keep an eye out for the first post early this coming week.