" IF YOUR LISTENING TO OTHERS,
NOT YOUR HEART, THEN YOU ARE DAMNED
YOUR LIFE WILL HAVE NO FIRM FOUNDATION
ON WHICH IT CAN STAND,
TRYING TO LIVE SOMEONE ELSE’S DREAM
IS JUST A CURSE,
YOUR LIFE WILL BE IN TORMENT
AND THE NEXT ONE WILL BE WORSE.
This is the chorus to " THE GHOST OF MUSIC ROW ", a song I wrote and sung at the City Winery last night to the audience. This chorus is in essence what is wrong with the songwriting community in Nashville as compared to the iconic songwriters of the 60's and early 70's before the mom and pop publishers were bought up by the "SUITS" CAUSING the great lyrical freedoms writers struggled so hard to win got flushed down the Pooter hatch and replaced with much of the nonsense we hear on country radio today..If songwriter's woke up this morning and just got a hold of the message in this chorus, there might be some startling newness to the music thats pumped out of the the air waves these years.. It doesn't take much to Be Yourself and listen to the dictates of your own heart instead of the voice and demands of a music culture that is only concerned with the almighty dollar..Why call ourselves "artists" if we aren't brave enough to step out against the norm and try to create iconic works that actually help evolve our culture to a higher standard..Art is not a pancake that we flip over and over in a skillet till it's brown and serviceable,.Art is it's own unique entity with it's own spirit and voice; it doesn't need anyone's approval or validation, if it's created in truth and honesty it will find it's own way like a trickle of water boring through an immense rock..Listen to your heart today songwriters, let it be the voice that tells you a mystery and some unknown secret that no one but you is privy too, let that be your song of this day. Do that, and you will have stepped into the portals of God with a nod from big daddy himself because you have used the gift he gave you in the way it was intended, not living someone else's dream, but living your own.. Be a first rate version of "YOUR DREAM", rather then a second rate version of "SOMEONE ELSE'S".