I unintentionally write about subjects which I need more improvement. I think my article is helping someone else become a better songwriter or maybe even a better person, when in fact, I am exposing areas which I could do better.

Every time I hear a positive message in song or poem, I instantly take inventory of my busy schedule and habits. Do my actions and words reveal my gratefulness of all the blessings surrounding me?

Or, have I drifted off into the dark side again, the negative? I try to start each day being grateful, but honestly, it only takes one crazy driver cutting in front of me to make me ungrateful, really quick. So begins my downward spiral? No, I will remain grateful in spite of those idiots bent on ruining my day.

Humility is not weakness, it is awareness. Other people are around you and they are important too. It doesn’t seem that long ago when I was in high school. I was fortunate enough to win several track and field events at some track meets. As I stepped up onto the platform to have the gold medal hung around my neck, I distinctly remember my feelings that incredible and talented athletes finished second and third. I knew they were there to take the gold if I ever slacked off, making me train even harder.

I would like to think I carried that humility into my adult life. In songwriting, at first I did not call myself a songwriter because that seemed to undeservedly elevate me to the talented people which have hit songs on the radio. By definition-songwriter: “one who writes lyrics or melodies for popular songs”.

I do not have any hit songs on the radio currently, but I do have some popular songs in the circles where I perform. While it is much nicer to be called a songwriter by someone else, it is the beginning of the thought process to think, “I am a songwriter”. That is my positive message, my goal, my intention. I am grateful for the lyrics and melodies I have penned so far, hoping they push me into becoming a better songwriter.

Think positive.



FWSA Monthly Songwriter Gathering

Dickey's BBQ Pit, 6219 Oakmont Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76132

“Techniques and Tips For a Professional Live Performance” What are some of the things we do wrong on stage? This workshop will examine ways to improve our on-stage performance, engage the audience, and include a live discussion of problems encountered by live performers. Song Evaluations will follow the workshop. You must bring lyric sheets if you want to take part in evaluations.


FWSA Monday Night Open Mic

Buffalo West Restaurant, 7101 Camp Bowie West, Fort Worth, TX 76116

All songwriters and performers of original music are welcome. No covers. Every 1st and 3rd Monday Night (excluding holidays). 6:30-9:30 PM (Sign up from 6:30pm -8:30pm) Non-smoking and family friendly event. Buffalo West offers delicious entrees, friendly service, and a very nice salad bar, add Live Music and you have a great Date Night! For more information on Buffalo West click HERE>