I watched a songwriting lesson that Ralph Murphy gave to a college class on Utube. He talked about performing songwriters that play in bars. After a set a fan will come up and tell the performing songwriter how much they love their song. He asked, "Is it really the song that they loved?" He said, "The answer is no." What the fan is really saying is five different things. 1) They like you as a person. You are likeable. 2) They enjoy the environment. It is a great place to listen to music. They like the ambience or the people that are hanging out there. 3) You are a good entertainer or a good singer. 4) Drink in their hand. Yeah, it's a party and it is fun. Tomorrow they may not remember you. 5) Good song. Your songs are good. They are written for your crowd and this is your crowd. An example of somebody who does a great job playing to this type of crowd is Lyle Lovette. Lyle is likeable. He is playing in good venues. Everyone is having a great time and drinking a few drinks. He has a great band with accomplished musicians and talented back up singers. The difference between most performers and Lyle is that he really is a great songwriter. We all need to get our songwriting to the same level as Lyle.