What’s the big deal about making up songs and recording them? What difference does it make, anyway? And why do it if there’s no recording contract?
Songwriting may not seem important when you look at other issues that are BIG DEALS. Take the inexplicable rise of Donald Trump. Or global warming. The Syrian refugee crisis. Cancer, child abuse, the Ebola virus. All difficult and potentially deadly situations. Compared to those, my songwriting is NOT a big deal.
Which is precisely why it is a big deal, in its own small way.
I don’t know why other songwriters do what they do. I only know why I do it.
Songwriting allows me to feel good to bring something new into the world. The process is usually laborious and intense, but when that part is over and a new song is written, I feel like I have tapped into something greater than myself. And that feels #awesome.
I’ve been told that my songs make people smile, feel good, cry good tears. If this is true, if my songs are cathartic in any way, then I consider myself successful. If what I have in common with other songwriters is an ability to connect people to themselves and others, then there is no other group I want to be part of.
To connect with another human being, if only for a moment, is no small act. It may, in fact, be the biggest feat there is. Most of us do it every day. When we smile. When we open the door for the woman carrying a baby in one arm and a shopping bag in the other. When we let someone go ahead of us in the checkout line when they only have two items. We are doctors, bus drivers, gardeners, mail carriers, teachers, bankers, welders, all making the world a better place in our own way.
Songwriters do it through music, which is no better or worse than any other method. What we do DOES matter, regardless of who’s listening.
So don’t let Donald Trump fool you. The kind of power he claims to have is not the important kind.
The best kind of power is the kind that opens hearts.