Word on the Street

Country Music, Music, Recording
Sittin & Playin

A wise man once said the creativity is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. The craft of songwriting is just that; a craft. Something you work at and perfect. Everytime I pick up the guitar or sit at the piano, I play random chords and rhythms, hum melodies and go “soul searching”. Sometimes the story line is driven by my own experiences like my song “My Daddy Does“. Other times it’s about a friend who shared their story with me. Make no mistake; either way I take my words seriously (or silly-ishly depending on my mood). Each song is a mini therapy session. Meant to invoke laughter or sadness, or to get you, the listener, to focus on what you need to do that day as in my song “Breathe Love In” from the Streetwise CD. The greatest thing about songwriting is that you are always trying to write better songs. It’s knowing that I can always improve that keeps pushing me. There are no limits to creativity.

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The Back Road

When I set out to do the follow up record to Streetwise I knew it would be a challenge. You have your whole life to write your first one then just a short time to write the next. Will it be as good? Can I go through that process again? It takes many months of organization and many people to make it a true Paul Street project. Having my own recording studio is a huge advantage. Being able to work on the record at any time of the day allows me the freedom to listen and make adjustments over a period of time. It also allows procrastination. Self producing is a difficult task. I have a few trusted colleagues to listen and give their advice, but otherwise it’s me and the music. Finishing the music is only half the job however. Then people need to hear it. This is when you have to take a detour from music man to salesman.

This is an issue for any creative endeavor.  You create, then you sell.  How comfortable are you with making that transition… I’d love to know, so please leave me some comments telling me your story!

– Paul Street

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