Monday, August 24, 2015

Songwriting Workshop With JONATHA BROOKE


When I saw the announcement for this little songwriting workshop in Nashville taught by my absolute favorite singer-songwriter, it was about 4 months out, so it wasn't all that nerve wracking.  I knew I had lots of time to wrap my head around it.

But I haven't quite done it.

Although it's possible you haven't heard the name Jonatha Brooke (and it's so sad if you haven't), to me, she's John Lennon.  Or she's Joni Mitchell.  Or whoever you hold up to the highest standards in songwriting.  For me, it's her.

As I've said before on this blog in a previous post, I stumbled upon her music years ago, and serendipitously, that same week, she just happened to be performing at the Dallas Border's bookstore.  It was right around the time I started gigging.  I was so inspired by her. When I was nervous, which I pretty much always was (and still am) when performing, I would just pretend I was her, and then I could at least pretend I felt confident.  Anyway, I could go on and on gushing, but just check out her music.  Visit her website.  Watch an excerpt of her Broadway musical "My Mother Has Four Noses".  She's madly talented.

And I am attending a small workshop at the end of the week taught by her.

I'm nervous for sure.  I'm stepping way outside of my current comfort zone.  I worry that I'm an imposter, that I won't really belong there. But...

I'm going.  No matter what, I know the experience is going to be good for me.

My only goal is to learn and to be inspired.  If I just focus on that, there's absolutely nothing to be nervous about.

I'm sure I'll be writing my next blog post all about it.  I can't wait to see what I say! :)

Since it's Music Monday, here's one of my favorite songs written and performed by Jonatha. (Look! I'm already feeling like I'm on a first name basis with her!)
Because I Told You So

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