Nashville Entries (Part 3)

Hey everyone!!

Today we conclude the  chronicles of my journey through Music City…….

And the sooner I stop talking like a action-fantasy movie, the better.

Wait a minute, maybe I should stick with that!

Through the dark times of the day, I arose my head to search for the beacon of light that would keep my travels afloat….. never mind.

Anyway, I talked about the songwriting sessions that I had during my visit, but I didn’t really talk much about the rest of the downtime that I had. So I figure I’d fill you all in on that…. why not?

So, do you remember how in my first post about Nashville, I talked about how part of my visit was spent being a sight-seeing tourist? Well, during my downtime after my songwriting sessions, that was still true!

After going to all of the different places to eat during my stay, sometimes I’d randomly get my guitar and perform at Maxwell’s Lounge, located at the Millennium Maxwell House (my hotel).

All of the staff and the patrons over there were really nice and provided me with a friendly environment! I really need to thank each and every one of them who listened to me. These were the ultimate “improv” shows and I’m happy that I performed them!

The way that I can sum up my journey in Nashville is that it was a very positive experience. I learned a lot about the industry, worked with some great people, and met a lot of people that helped provide a silver lining on certain days that were harder than others. Going to a new place provides a lot of perspective on where you came from, and I’m going to use my knowledge to help make each day a better stepping stone for my career.

Thank you to everyone for reading, I hope you all enjoyed my summaries/journal entries about my trip. I can definitely promise you that I’ll go to more places and provide entries like these in the near future. Until then, keep rocking, and I’ll see you guys next week!

 

 

Nashville Entries (Part 2)

Hey everyone!

Well, I’ve been back from Nashville for a couple of days now and I’ve been settling back in to life back home, but I wanted to provide you all with more of a recap than I was able to do with my last post.

And yes, A LOT OF STUFF HAPPENED SINCE THE LAST POST.

It’s like I said before, the first couple of days were more of a vacation than a business trip, and I was looking forward to taking advantage to both as much as I could.

And now, I want to spend some time talking about the people that I had a chance to work on my music with.

 

My first songwriting session was scheduled on Super Bowl sunday, and I had to pleasure to work with a very nice woman named Kelsey Muse.

Coming into the session, I was pretty nervous.

Being in Nashville left me out of my comfort zone a little, but as time passed, I was able to focus on working on a great song with her. Kelsey had a lot of insightful ideas to help my story flow the way that I envisioned when I wrote it.  This aspect came up a lot with all of the people I worked with, but I was able to solidify my craft more with time. All in all, I was extremely happy with what we came up with, and I would definitely want to work with her again if I had the chance!

On the next day, I worked with Bill DiLuigi of the song placement company, Rhyme Partners. The transition into writing on that day was MUCH easier because I was feeling less nervous and stressed. At the end of the day, we finished a song that I was and still am really proud of!

I had other sessions scheduled, but unfortunately not all of the dates materialized, so my next songwriting session came on Friday 2/6 with Allison Megan at 12:30pm, and then Kevin Crafton at 5pm. Both of these sessions provided a sense of ease and relaxation that I was lacking on the first couple of days I was here. Both of these singer-songwriters are really nice, down to earth, and provided a great experience for me in two completely different scenarios.

Let me explain…..

While Ali helped me finalize two of my songs, Kevin and I worked on a song of his. Both of them are very versatile writers, so nothing that I played for them felt out of place. I felt like things clicked not just on a work level, but on a personal level too. I was feeling less shy, I was talking more to both of them, and….. I really don’t know how else to describe it, I just felt at home in a way.

The same can be said for my last session scheduled with Lindsey Ellis on the next day. While she has a bit of a critical side sometimes, I’m happy about that because she did that to help me. I understood her mindset because I’m my own harshest critic when it comes to my songs. It’s the perfectionist in me.

Anyway, sidetracking aside, Lindsey was also really nice, versatile and provided a great session for me to help perfect a song that I had been working on for the past couple of months.

The names of these songs will not be revealed because…….. I WANT TO SURPRISE YOU ALL!!! SURPRISE!!! OH WAIT…. SURPRISE!!!! NO-
But yeah, I’m really happy with all of the sessions that I took part in. Everyone that I worked with provided a wonderful experience for me and to any songwriters reading this, I would highly recommend working with all of these people. They’re knowledgeable, nice, and provide a nice environment to be productive and successful with your work!

Well, I’ve got to go perform a show in Baltimore now with Los Swamp Monsters over at Donna’s Tavern. So with that said, keep rocking out and I’ll conclude these Nashville entries on the next post!