Musings of a Song Catcher

I was paid a nice compliment at a recent song circle by a talented and well respected member the local songwriting community. I had just finished my turn in the round with a song called "Longing Road" written by John Smith, from Wisconsin, who taught at a camp I attended last year. My friend Dave said, “What? Do you have a whole corral of songwriters somewhere that sit around and write songs just for you?” 

Well the truth is, they are written for me, and I find them in secret. Secrets are hard to keep, so it's time to let this one go. I have to listen for them. They are discovered by a meaningful word, phrase, melody, or feeling that I am able to recognize to be my message, and then I know this is the song written for me. 

Next, as to acknowledge the message, I quickly reply by soaking the song in; listening to it over and over until the whole message reaches something deep inside my soul. Waiting, marinating, maturing, and when it's ripe, I am finally able to share it. 

The icing on the cake is when I can share, regift if you will, the song back to the writer by playing it for them in person; those are sacred moments; treasured memories that define me as an artist and musician. 

For me it really is "All About the Song", and I'm grateful for the corral of writers at the water trough, on the road, willing to share their deepest joys, sorrows, and everything in between with this song catcher. 

Come on out to my show on Saturday 6/18; I'll be playing "Longing Road" and a few other new ones, along with songs from my debut album "Lady in the Moon". Show details here.

A special thank-you to Jim, for this blog prompt/outline! 

Thank-you also to Jana Stanfield for encouraging me to name this blog..."It's all about the Song". JanaStanfield.com
 

1 comment

  • Nancy Kelel

    Nancy Kelel Azusa Canyon CA

    I saw your performance last night (3/15/17) at the SongNet CD Awards Night Event, at which you were one of the award recipients! Congratulations! Loved your performance and your explanation of how you are a "song catcher!" I very much enjoyed your set.

    I saw your performance last night (3/15/17) at the SongNet CD Awards Night Event, at which you were one of the award recipients! Congratulations! Loved your performance and your explanation of how you are a "song catcher!" I very much enjoyed your set.

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