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CONGRATS!!! How exciting! I am a lyricist who struggled to decide whether it was worth pursuing my dream or if I should just avoid the embarrassment. I chose to go ahead and trade my future for my songwriting. I figured it was riskier for my inner health to not do it. Thanks for sharing your story so I can write my own and not feel silly chasing the goals I have.
Thank you! I know exactly where you’re coming from. And yeah, it’s terrible for your soul to not do it. I put this stuff off for so long, and I felt horrible for a long time. But you know what, I also think I grew as a person and as an artist, so no regrets. I’m here now, I’m pursuing my goals and my dreams, and that’s all that matters. You know, I’m sure I wouldn’t be the artist I am today if I hadn’t gone through all that shit. And I’m pretty happy with how I’ve turned out on that front, so it’s all good. 🙂
Great to hear from you Matthew. Don’t be a stranger.
Besides Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave, Tom Waits is my favourite, and I adore this song so much…you’ve done a great job – congrats! Hannah
Love the sound a
Ibit of a rag and bone man vibe,
Thanks for listening. 🙂
Thanks for sharing, I get this.
I believe melancholic melodies make happy people a little ill at ease, while comforting those of us that are a little broken.
Keep making music that speaks your language!
I know what you mean, but I’m not sure… I know a lot of people who are quite happy who love sad songs (at least some of the time). My wife being one of them. She’s a huge Nick Cave fan and loves a bit of melancholy.
I think that people who get uncomfortable with sad songs might actually not be happy. I think it might make them uncomfortable because there’s something they haven’t dealt with.
Or not. I don’t know. I haven’t slept much.
Anyway. Thank you so much. Don’t be a stranger. 🙂
mmm…. how about:
‘sad songs disturb humans who insist on blocking out negativity’
…. kinda their loss not to let in a little darkness you know?
To quote a legend – we all know ‘there is a crack in everything…. that’s how the light gets in’ 🙂
Ah, one of my favorite Cohen lines. You’re right.
Although I’m too old for no sleep. I need a nap.
Thanks for sharing this… very inspiring. Also, I went to the Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Skeleton Tree concert in New Zealand and those magical hours left me on such a high I did not sink quite so low as I would have otherwise after Chris Cornell died.
“You Stink!”… that was gold:) Laughter is good medicine, I’m glad it came through when you needed it most.
Cheers – Hannah
ps… great album name!
Thanks so much, Hannah. Means a lot. 🙂
And yeah, that show… Wow. I also saw it in the movie theater. Unbelievable.
I’ve been a singer songwriter fir 50 years.
But I’ve done other things. Raised two families, got a degree or two in my 40s,built a beautiful bookstore gallery.
But throughout the past 40-50 years one thing has kept me from attaining my real dreams. I never know when depression is going to come and get me. I never know when anxiety is going to tell me and I need to stop now because I’ve used up all my chats. So I’m 62 and the only thing I’ve ever really wanted to do that would really make me happy is sing. Forget the obligations forget the have two should to choose not to use wood to boo boo boos. and tonight I looked at my business partner and said I don’t really think I can do this much longer because if I don’t do what I want to do I think I’m just going to die. I don’t mean like go out and make myself dead, I just mean I feel like I’m dying inside and I mean to leave without ever saying what I wanted to say. So thank you for being honest and thank you for the dog poo and because I wouldn’t have even looked at your music if I hadn’t seen the dog poo on Facebook. You’re terrific.
And good for you.
Wow, that’s amazing. Thank you so much for that comment, Sarita. I know that feeling so well, to feel that my “day job” is crushing my soul and I need to get my dreams to take wing, but at the same time letting my personal issues get in my way. I haven’t been doing this quite as long as you, but I’m fast approaching 40, and finally mustered up the courage to jump in with both feet. And it is extremely liberating. Now, it’s not easy, and I need to other stuff to make ends meet, of course, but I’ve shifted my focus. I don’t treat music as a side thing anymore. It’s my main focus, and the other stuff is just a necessary evil so I can feed my family.
It’s tough, but it’s soooo worth it. And getting to connect with people who can relate to what I have to say, and get wonderful comments like yours, makes it doubly so.
Thank you so much for reaching out, and I wish you the best of luck in everything. I’d love to hear your music, too, if you can send me a link.
I appreciate you being here.
You nailed it!
Thank you, Randy! I love playing that song.
Thanks Eyvi – really enjoyed this song:)
Wonderful to hear that. Don’t be a stranger! 😀
WOW!!!! LOVE IT <3. Thank You for sharing. ~~ JunKaye
Thank you! And NOW I get that email address! I think… (I’m a little slow sometimes.) I hope you got the free mp3s alright and that you dig the songs. 🙂
Thanks for the songs! You sound awesome!
Thank you so much, Kathryn. So happy you like my sound. 🙂
Don’t be a stranger!
Wow! You are indeed a good story teller!
Hah! Even though I don’t speak or understand Icelandic but I do enjoy watching all your snippets! I do enjoy theatre / musicals.
Hey Lil! So glad you like my stories. Don’t bee a stranger!
Great story. I got my fits tattoo days after 9-11 it was a Chinese symbols for peace. I am an artist I ama Dragon. Do I drew my dragon got to tatted then a rose with thorns me lol then now I have 3 baby dragons surrounding me Be hind my ear a heart I have STOP THE HATE WITH BOB MARLYS ONE LOVE STANZA . My left for arm. Love live laugh dance . And a dandelion blowing in the wind Kisses and whishes to cover a bruise that never went away an I could not look at it anymore . My left arm two of my own design .and symbols for destruction I on back of neck. That one to to hard to explain but is connected to my kisses and wishes tat next one is going to be my blood type in case of emergency RH NEG O
Sounds great and I loved the songs you sent. My friends and I hope to hear you perform during our upcoming trip!
Awesome! Thank you so much. I’ll see you in Iceland! 😀
Wow !! This is something that brought back a memory. Great version of an old tune I heard as a child. Love the raspy voice. Thanks for the share. Beautifully done…Best wishes for always…
Thank you so very much. It really means a lot. Don’t be a stranger. 😀
This is just spot-on.
thank you for sending songs and your personalised message,I will have to play them a few times before passing my opinion, but your cover of this tune is peerless!
Thanks so much for that. And I appreciate you taking the time to form your opinion on my songs. That means a lot. 🙂
Loved this man. Thanks 🤙
Wonderful to hear. Thank you so much. I look forward to recording more of these. 😀
its a brill idea to introduce your music to a wider audience,and to let people know how you go about writing your brilliant music.
Thanks, man. I certainly hope it’s interesting and useful. 😀
thanks so much for your inspiring words.