Song-A-Week Songwriting Update

You guys.

I’m not pulling it off. In fact, I am flat-out tanking on this “one song a week” bit. In April, I managed to write two chants, one of which those of you on my mailing list received as a mermaid kiss in early May.

But that is it. And so far, no new ones this month.

It’s not that I am a flake. Honest. It’s that touring season is now upon us, and I am balls- to-the-wall with tour details. Winter and I do this entire operation ourselves – every phone call, email, inquiry, finding of new venues, promoting of shows, finding places to stay, answering questions, mailing posters, creating Facebook events, plotting out routes, picking up band members from airports, booking hotels, asking folks to help spread the word, etc. etc. etc. is on us.

Not to mention this time out, preparing two separate shows for the same festival. And getting the new songs I have written up to performance speed.

Not that I mind any of this – I love my life and there is nothing I would rather do. But I bit off waaaay more than I could chew, saying I could write 4 songs a week AND be on the road.  I wondered, when first I declared this Song-A-Week bit, how it was going to play out during touring season. Now I know. I am laughably overcommitted!

So there we go. I told you all I would report each month, and report I am. Apparently that report is going to read FAIL at times.

Does that mean I am quitting? Hell no! Believe it or not, I am still going to strive to get as close as I can to 4 songs a month, even during the summer. I am just not going to beat myself up if I fail. I will just pick myself up, dust myself off, and dive back in. And of course, I’ll keep you posted.

Speaking of tour, I will write up a full report of this first leg in the next few days. Beltania was downright epic, and it was great to travel with all of Pandemonaeon for our first time out of the state. I look forward to telling the tale – for now, off to the next gig!

Love to you all – Sharon

3 thoughts on “Song-A-Week Songwriting Update

  1. Have fun touring! Wish you were coming my way. I understand how difficult the summer can be for keeping schedules. Far easier to make plans than keep them sometimes. Just don’t forget us and have fun. You’ll find your creativity. I have no doubt.

  2. It takes an awful lot of work we don’t love to do the work we do love! At least, that’s what I’m finding to be consistently true! Glad you aren’t giving up. But, even happier to know you are beating yourself up. You could probably write 4 really crappy songs every week pretty easily. But, if I know you like I think I do, that isn’t going to count. Keep on keepin on, Gorgeous! And have FUN!

  3. Hey Sharon – thanks so much for answering my spiritual inquiry re: my family & Irish authors. Hey, that’s one thing you did from the road and I really appreciated it. It was kind of ridiculous, but I hope I just sent you 2 “tweets” from my new Twitter account, if I did it right! (I haven’t been on Twitter much). I’m revamping that account, and I thought it’d be better than emailing you through the band site.

    p.s. I appreciate your humanity about the ups and downs of life (above) more than fulfilling a “song schedule.” That’s not to say stop trying, but I don’t think songwriting’s a very linear process…while you’re “doing nothing” it seems like a song’s germinating… many times.

    Have a blast on the road, & drink some red wine for me.

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