Recently I have been listening to a lot of the music that I have created and written over the years.  As is the case with 99% of the songs I perform, I always create a chord progression that I really like and think is good.  Sometimes, I come up with a melody that I think would sound really good.  This is where my good fortune stops.  I can only think of five or so songs where the lyrics that I have written have not been forced or filled with a deli’s worth of cheese.  Three of those five are in a triological song that is more like a song in three movements.

I don’t know why I have a hard time writing lyrics.  Maybe its because I am very self critical and think that a lot of my material is not good enough to share (although I think a lot of artists have this deep inside them).  Maybe it is because I am interested in boring things: love, music, history, etc.  A song about the history of Oregon most likely would not speak to a wide audience.  Maybe it is because I am not confident in my singing skills.

Even when I write songs about things I am passionate about, the lyrics come out muddled and blurry.  I have a clear picture in my head of what I want to say, but the language and meter of words always messes up that picture.  I guess I need a lyricist.  Just as with painters and sculptors, I am in awe of those people who can channel their inner muse to craft and mold words.

Thankfully, for right now at least, I have been able to land gigs and performances with my instrumental music.  The more I perform and work with music, the more I know that it is what I am called to do.  I need some good lyricists/instrumentalists to partner with.


Enough of my verbal ramblings for one day.