I have been doing my reading on my Libby app this year. It is pretty cool. I select a book, check it out, place a hold on it, if it's not available, read it and return it. It is really easy. I read a book called Finish. It was written by Joh Acuff. It was a great book but I didn't finish it. Just kidding, I did finish it but I thought that line was funny.
The book is about reaching our goals. My favorite part of the book was a chapter about looking back. Sometimes we forget how far we have come in life because we don't take the time to see how far we have gone. This is especially true of me and my songwriting.
I started out writing songs to play at the Classic Bean coffee shop in my hometown. I was able to write songs that were in my key. The Key of Bb. I was trying to write in the key of C but I was just a little flat. I remember writing a song as I was singing it. I would make up the words as I went along. I was a member of a songwriting group called Garage Band. The idea was that you would listen to other folks song and give evaluations and they would do the same for you.
One guy who listened to my song was not impressed. He said, It sounds like you made up the words as you played your guitar. I still do this but now I go back an tweak and rewrite, rewrite, and rewrite. It was terrible and he called it out. Some people might have quit but this helped me to see that I had a long way to go.
My best songs at the time are not songs that I play now. They are the best I could do at that time. Not masterpieces like I hoped they would be just a part of the learning process. It is good to remember where we were at the beginning of our journey so we can see how far we have come. I am going to recap some my songwriting adventures in 2020.