“3 A.M. is the hour of writers, painters, poets, musicians, silence-seekers. over thinkers and creative people. We know who you are. we can see your light on. Keep on keeping on.”
Usually at the beginning of each month I ask you to post your goals. But sometimes we can get so caught up in what we STILL WANT TO DO that we forget to acknowledge the GOOD THINGS WE HAVE ALREADY DONE. So instead of posting our goals this month, let’s recognize our achievements. In the comment section please take a moment to:
Share a positive thing or things you’ve done for your songwriting lately
Share a quote (or saying) that inspires you to keep on keeping on!
Sara Light has been writing professionally in Nashville since 1996. Her credits include the John Michael Montgomery title track and the hit single "Home To You" which received an ASCAP airplay award in addition to being named SESAC song of the year for having garnered 2 million spins on radio. She also composed songs for the musical "Urban Cowboy, The Musical" which opened on Broadway in March 2003 and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Original Score." Sara has always combined her love of teaching with her love of songwriting and has given countless songwriting seminars throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 2001 she co-founded, along with her husband Danny Arena, the online educational website www.SongU.com. Besides being one of the main administrators (and now bloggers) Sara teaches Song Feedback and Lyric Writing at SongU.com.
April 1, 2017 at 7:23 am
The best thing I’ve done for my songwriting is going back to school. I’m catching up on the things I missed, filling the gaps in my education, remembering how much I love classical music, and not so incidentally, getting free songwriting advice from a very fine composer (my theory teacher)! As for quotes, I really love the one you opened with and I think I’ll make it my own. Do you know who said it? Had to laugh, I titled one of my favorites songs “3:10 a.m.”
April 1, 2017 at 8:36 am
Cathy, good for you for continuing your education. We posted this quote on our SongUNews Facebook page in March and it was shared more than any post last month. I tried googling around for a source but haven’t found it yet.
April 2, 2017 at 9:43 am
One positive thing: I keep on writing
What keeps me going? I think I have something to say–the fire inside that wants to share.
April 5, 2017 at 9:10 pm
Any writer that has scrutinized their own work or have had others critic their work and they still want to write, that fact alone should tell you, that you write because you want to.
Take all input as a learning tool, but don’t dwell on it. And never let it get you down.
Let your writing focus only on the positive and from the heart. There will always be time to critic and scrutinize. Get the ball rolling with good energy and lay down the heart of your next creation.
April 9, 2017 at 11:13 am
Songwriting for me began in the 80’s. I feel that I am currently hitting my commercial stride,
April 19, 2017 at 12:10 pm
My only problem is, that my neighbours will call the police when I start writing as pianoplayer/singer at 3 am.
Unless it will be a smash hit single.Then I just buy this house and keep writing regularly 3am in the morning 😉
April 19, 2017 at 12:54 pm
Spoken like a true artist!
April 19, 2017 at 12:22 pm
Great to get outside and do some writing in the sun again! And then get in for some coaching👊
April 26, 2017 at 6:54 pm
Go to bed early, get up early and write before you go to your day job. Your soul sings brighter, your brain works better, and your body is stronger. – Happy Ron