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So…co-writing and stuff. I haven’t done a ton of it. I am thrilled to be able to say I co-wrote “Lovely When You Cry” with Susan and that it’s on her Tightrope album (lyric video here!). And I’ve sat down a few times with folks to write but I can’t say a lot of things ever got finished. This was always one of those “it’s not you, it’s me” situations. Things I would do:
- hold back ideas I really liked so I could have them to myself
- let the other writer lead so much that my voice didn’t matter
- not contribute enough or speak up when I wasn’t jiving with something
Learning to co-write wasn’t a natural thing for me. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had some really fun times sitting down with folks, but quite frankly my overall track record sucks.
Except…now I’m gonna talk about her like I didn’t just send her a link to this finished post, but I recently started writing with Anna Harris and hoooooly hey. We have been FINSIHING things and starting new things and back and forthing and it’s been awesome.
Thanks, however, to the ease that email and the iPhone offer…we were sending lyrics and melodies and pieces of things back and forth in no time. I sent unfinished chunks of songs I had been sitting on for years and Anna was able to somehow tap into them and give them new direction. She sends me things the she’s stuck on. Sometimes that’s the worst part of the process for me…I’ll get a song to a certain point and just stop. Either I’ll get stuck on a bridge or how to resolve it or whatever, and the song just gets shoved aside. Having someone to bounce things off and also to encourage the process has been eye opening and really, shockingly productive.
I hope I’m not jinxing this whole thing by writing about it, but I doubt it. Oh, and we’ve got a gig in Austin next week – June 6th at Flipnotics! 7 PM. Be there, unless you’re reading this blog post in the future. Then just…watch Netflix. No, go see who else is playing at Flipnotics. But seriously, come on over.