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Thanks, Pete. I know how she feels.
Thanks, Jim. Selso Martinez got me started on this one, so props to him for that.
My friend, Selso Martinez, posted a picture on Facebook with the caption, "Only place that ever felt like home." I decided to turn it into the song below. https://soundcloud.com/jets60/the-only- … -like-home
The Only place that ever felt like home Jeff Gilpin
Great question Ken.
I have a whole lot of songs that I think were written close to perfect, but here are three: Carole King's You're so Far Away - Townes Van Zandt's Tecumseh Valley - Steve Goodman's Would You Like to Learn to Dance? I know all these songwriters have written more "close to perfect songs", but those are fine measuring stick songs in my opinion.
Each one can sometimes bring tears to my eyes if they catch me in the right mood.
Thanks for your insights Phill. The picture, from the above soundcloud.com link, is of me, my mom, and my sister, in my early years. Most likely, it was taken on a visit to my mom's family in Texas where every visit there was an adventure.
Hey Ken - I get what you're saying, about writing just to be writing, but what I'm talking about is writing to get in the habit of writing, which means writing a bad song once in a while, or a poem, or just a letter, or just jotting down random thoughts that might make some good song material. It makes it a lot easier now with virtual paper, so no trees have been killed lately by any of my writing, both good and bad. What I've been trying now is to start writing with whatever is on my mind at the time and see where that takes me. It might not always be good writing, but it keeps the wheel moving if you know what I mean. There is nothing wrong with writing a bad song. I've written plenty of those, both in the past and since I've started writing more, but my writing habit is getting easier to keep going, and some of my writing comes out good in my opinion.
Thanks, Jim. I never thought about that but I agree; writing relaxes me too.
Thanks, Ken. I've actually been writing almost every day, but I didn't want to flood the songwriting forum with all my songs, some good some bad. Some people I have been working with say that you should try to keep in the practice of writing all the time and don't worry about whether the songs are good or bad, just keep writing. The more you write the more the gates of creativity open, so I try to keep it going. I promise to add some to the forum here but I'm not going to post everything I write. That's just way too much.
Thanks, Pete - Yes, this is where my writing efforts have been lately.
I haven't put much up lately, but here is one I recently wrote and recorded. It is about keeping my mind creative by writing even on days I don't feel like it. https://soundcloud.com/jets60/sowing-creativity
Sowing Creativity Jeff Gilpin
Hey, you two. I love the song and I love the idea. I think everyone in the world can relate, especially people who make music. Well done!
I love it Mark! Welcome back - what a great song to come back with. Strong vocals and wonderful mix!
Knocked another one out of the park. I love this song!
Yes - Been a bad year for losing too many good people, that's for sure.
Loved it Ken. Your music is always soothing to my soul. I'll be clicking through all your SoundCloud songs - sharing this with Michiyo too. She's a big fan too.
Hey Jim - Hehehe...yep. We could pass this song around and have never-ending verses...a good "make it up as you go" campfire song I think.
Thanks, Pete and Phill. Phill, I know I could have made this into an epic song if I wanted, but I figure I should leave a little hope out there. Pete, I have your grandpa's words in my head as well keeping me going when I want to quit.
I started this song years ago but picked it up again tonight. I think many of us can relate to how the most minor inconvenience seems to torpedo your day right out of the gate.
Better quit now Jeff Gilpin – 11-9-2020
Thanks Phill - Yep, good to be back but I enjoyed my time away. I can hear that banjo as well. It's a tough balance work and music, but I'm glad you were able to maintain.
I was watching the movie Once about a talented singer songwriter trying to make it. I imagined what that must be like if I had that kind of talent. A busker's life is a tough and risky life indeed, but how is it so different from the paying job life. This song is about the paying job life.