As some are aware, I have been doing a bit of my own songwriting of late. In my last show, I sang my original tune “On A Clear September Night” – a song inspired by a former relationship and set to a tango beat. [Because tangos are dramatic, and there was plenty of drama in that relationship.]
I wrote my first song at the age of 6. I was taking guitar lessons, and I just couldn’t repress my creative impulses. It wasn’t a very good song. In fact, it was a bad song – to be sure – but it was a beginning.
The reason for this post is the very interesting way the songs I’m writing now are trending toward country. Maybe it’s because I’m writing on a guitar. Maybe it’s because we hear more country/folk tunes on the radio and TV than in years past. And maybe I’m writing country now because I’m tending to write more “story” songs at present.
My parents were both from the Nashville area, so maybe it’s just “in the blood.” Actually, my parents were more fond of big band music than anything else. Glenn Miller was their favorite. Every once in awhile, though, my father would pull out an Eddie Arnold record or a Tex Ritter LP. Could be some of that imprinted into my young impressionable gray matter.
Then again, maybe it’s just that country is what’s in the stars for me right now. Whatever the case, I’m going to try to get one of these songs ready to perform and show my country roots at the mic sometime very soon.