Song Writer Sunday

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Well hello!

It's been kind of quiet in the blog world for me lately... BUT...! there is something noteworthy going on these days.

Those of you who know me and follow my journey know that I enjoy promoting and helping showcase those who write and perform their own music, especially ones who are still trying to build a following, get some attention and present their music to new audiences. That was what The Collabative was all about.

Late last year, I had a discussion with Natalie Wurz, owner-proprietor at Stonefield Cellars in Stokesdale, NC. We bantered around the idea of holding a "Song Writers In The Round" event at her winery. It was a lively and enthusiastic chat which led to an agreement to put on the first one in March 12th of this year.  Thus was born "Song Writer Sunday".

On that Sunday afternoon Abigail Dowd, David Cecil, Bobbi Needham and Benjy Johnson shared their tunes with an almost full house. It was a wonderful blend of personalities and songwriting styles which thoroughly pleased and entertained folks. The beauty of the event is that while they were singing and playing, you could hear a pin drop in the rest of the room. There a few truly "listening" rooms, but the keg room at the winery has such an ambience and vibe that it makes for a perfect setting for this type of performance.  Needless to say Natalie and I were pleased and encouraged by the way it came together and immediately started looking forward to the next one.

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The second one took place June 25th and featured Bradford Reaves, Carrie Pazdziora, Jack Gorham and Sarah Sophia. It was such a good mix of artists that, after the show, Natalie invited these four to come back to do a longer, more concert like presentation, which will happen November 4th. I can't wait for that one!

In the meantime, there is another group of song writers ready to strut their stuff on September 17th. They are. Wes Collins, Lyn Koonce, Barry Gray and Casey Noel. It is always fun to get to meet and hear these talented people, while getting them in front of some new faces that hopefully... turn into fans! Please come support local original music and check out Stonefield Cellars too!

Time For Some Originals

I am pleased to tell you that I have a date coming up where I will be doing nothing but my own songs. Well, I might throw in a cover or two; who knows?  On Sunday January 15th, from 3:00-5:00 pm I will be at Stonefield Cellars doing my original music. It will be a laid back atmosphere and you can sample - and buy - the fine wines they have there at the vineyard. There will be a $5.00 cover charge ( I am worth five bucks I think!). It will also be to kick off what will be a quarterly event known as "Song Writer Sunday", which will go through 2017. So, I hope you can make it out. Below is a bit more about me and the song writing process and my experience with it,  if you care to read on.

I have spent all of my music career learning and performing other people's music to stay employed and that has served me well over some 44 years now...yes 44. There have been times during that history that I have had the opportunity to explore song writing and been part of two different bands that played many of my songs. Those times are long passed and unfortunately, most of those songs got lost along the way. As time progressed, I just let staying busy and keeping the bills paid overrule the somewhat self indulgent process of song writing. But, while staying alive consumes most of my energy, songs still find their way to me and so there has been some writing going on when the muse hits me.

My song writing is autobiographical and much like what many of you would do if keeping a journal. In that regard, it becomes a challenge for me to choose which songs I will present, for some are quite personal-too personal perhaps- and speak too directly to my life in ways that I would only want to share anonymously, so for me playing my original music becomes some what of a dilemma. Many song writers chomp at the bit to get people to hear their stuff. Me....I'd rather sell my songs to someone else and let them record or perform them, thus distancing myself from the connection to the lyrics. And you thought it was easy.....

So, I hope you will join me to hear what I select to share with you! I would be honored by your presence...