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I have to be careful, as a songwriter, while carrying on a conversation with “non-song writer” friends. The conversation may start off about the weather, work, or family, and then all of a sudden we are talking about songwriting.  I’m sorry; it is a habit of mine. I know it must be annoying to “non-songwriters”.                             

I was once introduced by a friend before I sang, “next will be Rick Tate, he is a local songwriter, if you like that kind of people, singing one of his many songs.”  So now I will attempt to talk about something else, another favorite past time of many:  golf. 

Now golf is like songwriting. (Oh there I go again) You may play golf once a year, you may play golf once a week, but still you will have a few really good hits, and a few really bad hits, but most hits are just so-so. If you want to improve your game, playing more may not correct your bad habits. Some golfers seek the help of a golf pro, a teacher, to help correct their swing, stance, grip, or other techniques.

You must put your feelings aside because it is frustrating to hear from a pro how many things you are doing wrong. Even though, every once in a while, an amateur golfer will luckily hit a perfect drive, iron, or putt, by the end of the 18 hole course, he, or she, will still be embarrassed by their score.  So working on technique is critical to make changes that you may not even realize you are doing wrong, until you compare yourself to a pro.
                                                      
At first, being a songwriter, you feel your songs are your babies and nobody is allowed to talk trash about your babies. Soon you realize some listeners don’t understand your song, and they are not interested in hearing the song again.  This drives a songwriter to want a song that grabs the listener’s attention and make a melody so obsessive that they cannot get the tune out of their head. Now you have to put those hurt feelings aside and listen to the pro when they teach technique. Even if you already have one or two great songs, you may not have the talent to repeat that accomplishment.

Just like a golf pro cannot tell a beginner he will never hit a golf ball down the center of the fairway, he is correct in saying you were just lucky.  Likewise, song masters cannot say you can never write a great song without technique, he is correct to say it will be much easier next time if you listen.  I enjoy listening to performers sing their original songs. I see their potential and I can relate to the struggles each of them go through. Good luck in whichever hobby you choose. Get some pro advice. It is worth it, and if you are going to do this, you might as well get better.
 

 

Jan2

FWSA Monday Night Open Mic

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

The FWSA hosts an open mic night that is open to the public every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. Sign in, plug in, and play. Non-smoking and family friendly. ORIGINAL MUSIC ONLY.

Jan16

FWSA Monday Night Open Mic

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

The FWSA hosts an open mic night that is open to the public every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. Sign in, plug in, and play. Non-smoking and family friendly. ORIGINAL MUSIC ONLY.

Feb6

FWSA Monday Night Open Mic

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

The FWSA hosts an open mic night that is open to the public every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. Sign in, plug in, and play. Non-smoking and family friendly. ORIGINAL MUSIC ONLY.

Feb20

FWSA Monday Night Open Mic

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

The FWSA hosts an open mic night that is open to the public every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. Sign in, plug in, and play. Non-smoking and family friendly. ORIGINAL MUSIC ONLY.

Mar6

FWSA Monday Night Open Mic

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

The FWSA hosts an open mic night that is open to the public every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. Sign in, plug in, and play. Non-smoking and family friendly. ORIGINAL MUSIC ONLY.

Mar20

FWSA Monday Night Open Mic

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

The FWSA hosts an open mic night that is open to the public every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. Sign in, plug in, and play. Non-smoking and family friendly. ORIGINAL MUSIC ONLY.

Apr3

FWSA Monday Night Open Mic

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

The FWSA hosts an open mic night that is open to the public every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. Sign in, plug in, and play. Non-smoking and family friendly. ORIGINAL MUSIC ONLY.

Apr17

FWSA Monday Night Open Mic

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

The FWSA hosts an open mic night that is open to the public every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. Sign in, plug in, and play. Non-smoking and family friendly. ORIGINAL MUSIC ONLY.

May1

FWSA Monday Night Open Mic

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

The FWSA hosts an open mic night that is open to the public every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. Sign in, plug in, and play. Non-smoking and family friendly. ORIGINAL MUSIC ONLY.