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i was just thinking it's been a while since we had a long winded debate....lol!!! must mean there is consensus on a bunch on stuff......lol!!!!

"To dream the impossible dream ...." as sung by Peter O'Toole in "The Man of La Mancha."

What is new? What is any of us doing, new or continued?

I am starting to pay attention to what songs I sing, what is a good match for my voice, what is not necessarily an aesthetic match and should I re-arrange it or let it go. I find that some songs just don't "fit" me, even if I have the required range.

More self-discovery. Do I really need to write a bunch of originals or just break down, accept that I like a lot of written songs and need to budget for a blanket fee to ASCAP and start recording whatever I feel like doing. Or just keep it local and amateur. My younger brother, Scott (Slstone) is an inspiration to me. And, in some ways, he is more "grown up" than I am, even though I am 18 months older. How's that for irony?

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More self-discovery. Do I really need to write a bunch of originals or just break down, accept that I like a lot of written songs and need to budget for a blanket fee to ASCAP and start recording whatever I feel like doing. Or just keep it local and amateur.

Original songs will always be the best match for your own voice unless you're writing them with a specific singer's voice in mind.

Also, there's no contradiction between writing originals and doing covers, it shouldn't be one or the other.

You should write originals to keep the creative juices flowing, to keep growing as a writer and because it's fun to create music.

From experience I can tell you that the worst thing for a songwriter is to take time off from writing. I find that when life or simply lack of any good stimulating ideas make me take a break from writing for more than a week, getting back into the groove is like pulling teeth. It's like "I got nothing! Leave me alone! **** this ****!

Try to write a little something everyday, even if it's just a couple lines, couple of words, a short melody, a nice little progression, write down song titles that come to mind, concepts you'd like to write about, whatever... but definitely keep at it and don't throw in the towel and give in to the "ease" of singing only covers.

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well, i have either developed or found or coordinated to a place.......a specific narrow feeling that feels like it's right behind the nose......(hard to explain) that my voice falls into that feels very unnatural, a spot you will never fall into just speaking or i believe you could sing for years without ever falling into this section?

when i land in this spot (and each month that goes by i end up landing in it more and more), you just know instinctively it's a spot to be in for high notes to about a d5. but the funny thing is it feels so foreign, so unfamiliar for breath pressure to be going to because it feels like the air is going not to the mask, and not up and back (familiar places) but rather straight up and the feeling is very tall and very pointy.

has anyone have more to add to explain this place or feeling?

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Amen, brutha from anutha mutha. In Phil's songwriting thread, I mentioned my foul-ups writing "Brisket Smoking Blues" but I wrote my sappy love song for my wife in about 10 minutes. It took that long because I can only type so fast.

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