This past weekend I had the opportunity to go to Utah for the annual Jenny Phillips/Tyler Castleton songwriting workshops. I went last year and all of the classes taught me so much and helped get me more motivated in my music, and this year did even more than that. I was able to showcase some of my musical ability and receive critique and feedback, and I got several e-mail addresses for people who want to co-write in various ways. What a great network we have in the church!
I also got a feel for what I’m supposed to do. I guess I’ve been wondering if my upbeat, poppy, girly music had no place with the LDS market, but after seeing the response I got, it made me realize that the church needs a little of that! So thanks to that lightbulb moment, my goal is to write contemporary music that’s addicting and catchy, but uplifting and positive, without being an “efy” album. Music that relates to every day life, that has undertones of overcoming depression, and choosing to be happy.
I thought i’d share a few key thoughts/quotes I wrote down throughout the workshop:
“If you keep score in marriage, you both lose.” (In reference to the newly produced song, “Who Loves Who More.”
“Map out your future, but do it in pencil.” – Bon Jovi
“When the horse is dead, get off.”
“The steps on a ladder are not meant or built to be rested upon, but only to support you as you climb to higher ground.”
“Getting to where you want to be in the music world is like a little kid approaching a revolving door for the first time–it’s confusing and tricky, but exciting, and possible.”
“Motherhood is the most important calling there is. If you put God’s desires first, which is for you to have a family, then He will bless you in your music career (if that is His will).”
“A lot of the time, your music will help inspire YOU more than other listeners.”
“Not sharing your talents because you’re afraid there might be someone better than you out there is a form of pride.”
“Bloom where you’re planted.”
“The spirit can only work with what it’s given.”
“Write your truth.”
This workshop was just packed full of gems like those. I’m so excited to start taking the next steps to get my music out there! I feel like i finally know where i’m supposed to take it, and I can’t wait to get started.
Also, here are a few fun things to check out, met these great people this weekend:
Stay tuned, folks!