On Songwriting

On May 21, 2013, in News, by Magnolia Guitar

My friend, Oklahoma singer-songwriter Mike Ryan, recently covered my original song “The Longing” at the May 2013 Musicians Workshop AND even began performing it during his regular gigs. It’s such an honor!

Here’s an early version of me performing the song hosted on SoundCould. If Mike records his version, I’ll post that since his is terrific!

Mike P. Ryan - American Tales (2013)

Mike P. Ryan – American Tales (2013)

I met Mike earlier this year when he started coming to The Musicians Workshop to test out his new songs. Back then, he was in the process of recording his debut album ‘American Tales’ which has since been released.

When he started a workshop of his own for original songwriters, I jumped at the chance to finally take a serious go at writing. ‘The Longing’ was a half-baked work in progress that I was finally motivated to finish for the first meeting.

While I think I’m getting better as a vocalist, I’ve never considered myself a singer’s singer. Although I still believe ANYONE can (and should) sing if they want to. It’s just good fun and with practice, you can get pretty good. But by putting effort into my songwriting, I’m really hoping to publish my songs and get someone else to sing them. Maybe Mike will be the first, who knows? All I can do is keep writing and hope for the best!

Please visit www.mikepryanmusic.com and LIKE him on Facebook http://facebook.com/Mike-P-Ryan to find out more about his music and where he’s playing! If you see him, buy his CD. And if he plays my song, TIP HIM BIG! 😉


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