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Confidence through Revision

This week I spent a lot of time working on music for a new project of mine. It’s funny because if you would have asked me if I was a songwriter when I first moved to New York, I would not have been able to give a definitive answer. However, the more I just write and listen to other music, the more I feel like a songwriter. I used to be very shy about my music and self-conscious, but now I’m finally getting to the point where I am confident enough in my songwriting to understand that it is always a process.

Not every song I write is great, but I now have the confidence to work through a song and bring it to where I want it to be. I haven’t (as far as I can remember) had a song that I wrote that I didn’t end up editing or revising a good amount. Even when I loved the initial product. So much of my confidence in songwriting is coming from this process of revision – I can continuously improve upon a product that I care about.

I also had the privilege of working with someone this weekend who had a knack for bringing things out of me that I didn’t even think were possible. It’s so funny how we often pigeonhole ourselves to the point that we don’t even think that we can try different styles. Well, I’m in the process of trying new things, and it’s liberating. I love it. I can’t wait to share this new music that I’ve been working on with people!


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