hoedown in big sky & free mp3
September 5th, 2012
so last weekend I was up at the big sky songwriter’s festival having a ball. got to hang out with a bunch of nashville heavies, talking about songwriting and life in the business, and helping attendees out with their songs.
it was super-fun, not just because the nashville peeps all seemed to be very decent, normal people (this wouldn’t have necessarily been the case had it been populated with LA industry vets), but because they had such a down-to-earth approach to songwriting and playing music. after too many hours alone in my studio, it helped get my feet on the ground and make me feel like a musician again.
it was also a blast working with non-professional songwriters, especially young people getting started. for the record, there are some wicked 16-year old songwriters coming up. very scary.
it was fun coaching people on their songs and then recognizing that my good advice — show us don’t tell us, more repetition, emphasize the good parts — was advice I should follow myself more often than I do. it was also great just hanging with people down in the bar, listening to us all take a turn on stage. I’m happy to say my rendition of ‘mine again’ earned a standing ovation from some very serious artists.
anyway, on the drive down I started chewing on a lyric I had come up over the weekend and wondered if I could write a country song with it. this month’s Free Mp3 of the Month is a little demo of it I put together when I got down the mountain. I don’t think it’s necessarily country (not even alt-country), but it does feature the ag-flavored accent I grew up around.
(reminder: only 10 days left to our Black Lab Unplugged CD sale, $8 each