Submitted by brian on January 19, 2010 - 9:46pm.
Since May 2009 I've been attending the monthly meetings of the local workshop of NSAI, the Nashville Songwriters Association International. It was a very vulnerable thing for me to do.
For 15 years I had been writing songs that my family and friends, and even a few strangers, had liked. But my songwriting gift, as well as the songs I had already written, had begun to feel like a burden. I was busy with a wife and kids, being the sole breadwinner, keeping up friendships, and other minor hobbies that occupied my time. There were times that I wanted to forget the songs, forget I had a gift, and just live a "normal" life. But I knew better--the songs had value, my gift had value, and I bore a responsibility to "do something" with all of them.