I talk a lot about different subjects here, but since I am getting to doing my workshops next week, thought I review my overall approach and let some people start thinking about it. As always, anything I write is meant to share and pass on. Some people cut and paste it and that is fine. Anything to give people a little help on their musical journey.
"Hey man, can I give you a CD?" is the cry from every new person (and quite a few old hands) coming to this and any other town where there are "outsiders" trying to approach "Insiders" (I use that term laughingly, but it is the perception), at any show, festival, interview, conversation, etc.. Everyone wants to give a CD, business card, phone number, web site, to SOMEONE ELSE.
And the answer is....MAYBE!!!!!!
A friend of mine, Stephen Hatfield asked a great question in response to my post yesterday:
". I wondered, do you think writing with an artist affords some freedom from traditional songwriting "rules" because your co-writing artist is going to sing it, and that artist may really like something that might not "necessarily" be how you would write to pitch to other Singers??? "
This is for the people who consider themselves primarily "writers' as opposed to "Artist/Writers." In other words, people who are writing for other people to do their songs. There was a time when this was very prevalent, there were “Songwriters” and then “Artists. This blurred in the 60’s with the advent of groups like the BEATLES, who wrote all their own material (except quite a few of existing hit songs, which at that time were STANDARDS.) With the 70’s singer/songwriter era, with James Taylor, Carol King, Harry Chapin, most artists WERE THE WRITERS.
The art of the song can best be described as "DREAMING AWAKE". It usually is preceded by what I call "stalking" the Muse.
In my case I get this uncontrollable desire to connect with the Spirit of creativity, to compose something, write something meaningful. Coupled with desire and intent a magical thing happens much in the same way a grain of sand irritates the oyster causing the creature to create a perfect pearl.
As a musician you have probably heard about the Nashville Number System. A shorthand version of music notation that was originally designed for Nashville music studio players.The Nashville Number System completely and fully explained by Nashville's Guitar Guru David Isaacs at Tennessee State University. This class is broken into two videos.
This is a companion piece to the one a bit ago on SONGWRITERS FESTIVALS. If you are a writer, artist, parent of those people or just someone interested in helping the arts, hate somethings about the current music scene or just want to be involved, this is FOR YOU. All else, skip away.
One thing anyone in this industry in any capacity hear all day, every day is:
This is mostly for people trying to "find a way into" the music industry, to understand songwriting, to learn more about the craft, and all aspects of where we are in this era.
The Internet is FULL of writers and artists. Approximately ONE BILLION SONGS A MONTH go up on the Internet.
YOU TUBE uploads SEVENTY FIVE MILES OF VIDEO FOOTAGE AN HOUR.
There are approximately THIRTY to FIFTY MILLION artists, writers, poets, authors, creators on the Internet.
SO HOW DO YOU BREAK IN, MAKE A DIFFERENCE, FIND A FOOTHOLD?
GET OUT OF YOUR LIVING ROOM!!!!
My philosophy of teaching, and how we really learn to play.
Everyone can learn to play, but too many people limit themselves before they begin. The first goal is to get comfortable and learn to play simple things with confidence. This is how to nurture the love! Keep your short-term goals modest and attainable, one after another. Expect frustration but know it passes, and you'll enjoy the ride a whole lot more.
Please watch the video.
I am consistantly asked to explain what I do for a living. "What are these 'tours' you do? Do you drive people around town?
In some cases, yes. I do have a pretty decent knowledge of the history of the town, from the Civil War battlefields in Franklin, to the Music Row, and downtown areas. I've been here nearly 30 years, I AM PART OF THE HISTORY!
Voted as one of the top three singer/songwriters in Nashville 4 years running in the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Nashville Scene "Best Of Nashville" readers poll, Doc Holladay has become one of the most in-demand talents around, while also managing to work as a full time Optometrist.
Nashville Ear awards the Best of the Best honor to the songwriter that we feel stood out with exceptional songwriting and performances. Please join us in congratulating this years award winner Chris Gantry.