FROM THE PRESIDENT
Congratulation to FWSA for 30 years of continuous support of the local music scene. Beautiful songs, precious memories, and great contributions from unselfish folks make a great organization succeed. We at FWSA cannot pat ourselves on the back and say we are finished. This local music scene is ever changing and those require constant reevaluation of our original purpose of focus on the song, hint, songwriter association.
I often think of songs performed at our open mics or showcases and wish I could hear them again, but I like hearing new songs as well. Music is ever changing and to stay on the past is not the way of the industry. Like one local DJ said on new style of music when asked why he didn’t play the old tunes. “Each generation deserves to hear their own style of music so, if you are stuck in the past, that’s what the oldies stations are for”.
I confess I am a button pushing, station changing, CD playing listener. I love my oldie music, but we don’t write oldie lyrics. They are new lyrics trying to find a home in a modern market. So, if we are going to write marketable songs, we need to check the modern world of music to know where to aim our lyrics and melodies. If you feel like this music industry is going the wrong direction, follow along to see if that is what you want, then go your own way. Be informed, and then make your decision. Most of all, write what you feel you need to write, but not exclusively. It will make you a beer writer if you experiment with writing towards the marketable songs you hear.
The holidays will be here soon, which reminds me, I should have written that holiday song a while back if I was going to have the song ready for this year. Until next time,
Rick Tate, President FWSA
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