“Women Who Say They Don’t Finish Writing Their Songs”

I have been honored to have taught many women in my vocal studio. It has been a special joy to me as a teacher. Especially when I get to be that person that they share their songs with. These women have been as young as 9 years old to 60 years old. When we are exploring songwriting in my vocal studio, there are some who don’t finish writing their songs. I say to them that your stories are what other women need to hear. We need to keep generating more stories from women. More stories about our struggles about all the choices we make. But when I hear “I don’t finish my songs…” I say to them that you are important. You are important to me and all the other women behind me and in front of me. I want women to create more songs. I would love the air waves to be saturated with women songs. I would love to see more women bands out there performing. If we make our stories important, then maybe there will be a shift in the music industry where women will be in greater numbers than before.
I never thought I had stories to tell but maybe I didn’t think my stories were important too. But I educated myself. I took classes from inspiring women writers. They never said, “No, this isn’t good.” They said, “Keep writing.” I did. I kept writing, reading, and creating more stories.
Make your day important. Doesn’t matter if you have 20 minutes. Use the 20 minutes to write a song. The chorus. That is simple. It is the “I want.” We all have something that we want.
“I want to shake, shake, shake.”
“I want to dare, dare, dare.”
“I want to love, love, love.”
“I want to eat, eat, eat.”
“I want to laugh, laugh, laugh.”
“I want to live, live, live.”
“I want to be, be, be.”
Believe in yourselves. Write today. Write tomorrow, Keep writing your stories. Finish one, then go on. Don’t stop to judge them. Write from your gut and furiously. Go. Write for 20 minutes. Go!

Author: susan

Susan Carr is a professional actress and singer performing in New York, Los Angeles and Seattle. Her film/TV credits include Lynn, Shelton's Laggies, Mike Mill's The Architecture of Reassurance, Rob Devor's ZOO, Paul Sorvino's That Championship Season, The Practice and Gilmore Girls. Susan has written many plays/screenplays that have been performed at Seattle Fringe Festivals, Bumbershoot and New City's New Works Festival. Susan is the vocal coach to many Grammy winning bands such as Macklemore, Alice in Chains, The Head & The Heart, Alien Ant Farm, Mastodon, The President of the United States and new up and coming bands, Hey Marseilles, Chelsea Wolf, and Pickwick. Susan teaches "The Art of Screaming!" The Ballad of Desiree is Susan's first novel.

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