When I describe myself as a "singer" songwriter the quotation marks are obligatory and must be included in verbal discussion by making two floppy eared bunny hands while sarcastically stressing the word sing (SING-er).. By contrast the word songwriter can be said in all seriousness. At one time a passably decent Bass player my instrumental skills can now be best described as endearingly childlike with a high tolerance for discord. It is my hope that someday someone who can actually play the instruments I like to imitate in my work might see fit to record one of my masterpieces and that when that day comes my efforts to ensure that they can actually be played pays off. In the meantime I am grateful beyond words that technology is able to meet me considerably more than half way.
I'd make flat just to see scientists' faces
I have no message as such. Many of my songs, not all of them, contain a message but there is no larger message. Not deliberately any way.
I've not performed in public for years and, unless some miricle occurs, I never will again.. the occaional alcohol related karaoke appearance aside.
I think it is an odd name
X Factor and its like... people announcing that music means everything to them while they look to take a shortcut to the top surrounded by musicians, backing singers and dancers who practice theiir craft every day.
Fearlessness in everything they do, Realise that self promotion is more than writing a great song. You need to get people talking about you, if someone hears your music or sees your show you want them to tell other people about it and you want the people they tell to be curious about you, even having never heard you themselves. Think about how many bands you heard about because someone told you about them, did they tell you what great music the band played? Is that all they said? How does a reporter promote interest in a band? What would a blogger say about you? Give them something to write about, they are all just itching to be the one who found the next big thing.
Going back a bit but...The Hammersmith Gorillas (later became just- The Gorillas)