Thursday, January 20, 2011

“You Like That One, Huh?” by Georgia Middleman

One thing about songwriting that I love is that the work is highly collaborative. I believe that we benefit highly when we are willing to learn and share out of our experiences. So when you see a byline next to the post title, it's because I've invited someone else to share their insights.
Georgia is one of my all-time favorite people to write with ("Bare Feet" on my EP, The Way I See Her). She also penned Keith Urban's recent hit, "I'm In."

“You Like That One, Huh?” by Georgia Middleman

While watching A Beautiful Mind the other day on television, I was struck by a line that to me reflects the link between songwriting and success in a nutshell.

A gentleman from the Nobel Prize Society comes to mathematician, John Nash, and says, (and I paraphrase):

“We’re considering you for the Nobel Prize.”

Nash says, “Based on what?

“Your theory on equilibrium.”

To which Nash says, “You like that one, huh?”

You like that one, huh? A perfect answer from someone who lives and breathes economics and works on it day in and day out. Who has a million theories he’s proud of; just so happens it was THAT one that got the Nobel Prize Society’s attention.

When I was younger, I would write a song and think, “This is it. This is the Big One.” And then nothing happened. Nobody beat down my door to get their hands on it. So I wrote another one. Nothing happened. Next thing I know, I’m writing for the sake of writing and not trying to achieve any said results. I’m writing because I have to write. It becomes a need like breathing.

Living in Nashville for the last 19 years, I believe there is a true craft to writing a commercial song. Having said that and always putting that craft to work, I now find that when I let go of attaching myself to the “Gotta write a hit song today” philosophy and just write what needs to come out of me, good things happen. Any success I’ve had at this point in my career I could have never guessed would have come from those particular songs. Call it luck or being in the right place at the right time. I call it SHOWING UP. If you write every day, you’re exploring wonderful angles that you might never have thought of if you had boxed yourself into writing that “HIT SONG.” You’re also upping the odds by sheer nature of quantity that something wonderful may happen.

So when that recording artist comes calling and says they love that song you wrote and want to record it, wouldn’t it be nice if you could say, “Which one? Oh, you like that one, huh?”

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