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January 14th, 2006
12:42 am


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Stage Fright

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Date:January 14th, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC)
I do covers all the time, so naturally I say "go covers go!" And I think you should sign up, and your choice of song should be whatever *you* think you sound best on.

I have something similar going on. I was raised by professional musicians and started singing roughly about the time I started speaking, so I've never been afraid to perform. But songwriting, that's hard. When people compliment my singing voice, I'm flattered and grateful, but I feel like it's something I had no control over-- I was just born like this, so it's not something I actually achieved. When someone compliments a song I wrote, then I'm over the moon!

And that's the nervous part for me. I seem to write songs at the rate of approximately one per year, and a large part of that is fear. I don't get around to finishing things, I find excuses to procrastinate, I get too busy, I get distracted, I get blocks, all because I am too scared that it won't be good enough. If it's not finished, then nobody can ever tell that it would've been crap, right? Having actually written a few good songs doesn't help, either, because that just adds more pressure-- I feel like they were just flukes, and I'm afraid I won't ever write anything up to that standard again.

That's partly why I do a lot of covers too-- so I'll actually have something to do. (The other part is just that if I hear a song I really love and love to sing along with, it thrills me that I now have an actual forum in which to sing it.) So I sympathize.

I suppose the advice for both of us is just to sit down and DO it. :)
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Date:January 16th, 2006 05:25 am (UTC)
Oh hm. Lots of ideas there. Thanks!
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