I have been asked many times if I write the music or the lyrics to my songs first. They truly usually come at the same time. A melody will often be in my head but until I get some words to go along with it I usually don’t pursue it.
I was always this way and my earliest songs were just one long musical that I would make up as I played with dolls and never remembered or wrote down! I like to think some of them were masterpieces lost to the sands of time, but they were probably just crap about fairies and Wonder Woman!
Around half of the songs on ‘Before I Forget’ were written a long time ago before I even picked up a ukulele. A couple of them I revisited as I learnt the uke and found they worked really well on it. The guitar songs were mostly written in my down time after The Camdens broke up. Then a lucky few just seemed to come to me as I learnt the uke and began to take myself seriously as a writer. That’s one of the reasons I chose the name for that record. I felt like I was in a lucky creative mode that might never last!
Now that I have a band and plenty of gigs to keep the momentum going I am hoping to write even more songs that I care enough about to share. It’s always scary wondering if you’ll ever have another idea.
One of my newest songs (Partly quoted in this blog title) is actually about the motivation I feel to keep doing this. Writing, playing, booking, practicing, networking, etc etc all feel a little overwhelming at times and I have to always just pull myself back from that and focus on the music.
Singing, and playing with people I love and admire is the joy. I push myself hard and say yes to so much so I can continue to have those moments. People don’t usually knock on the door and hand them to you : )
Thank you to each and every sweet one of you that make me feel it’s all worth it.
PS: New Merch page in the works. Buttons, T-Shirts and even jewelry (Hand made by me) coming soon.