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Issue No. 007

May 2010

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In This Issue...

1. Don't Be Afraid To Bare Your Soul
Share your creations with the people in your life.

2. Inspired Quote of the Month
A little shot of inspiration to keep you going through those tough times!

Don't Be Afraid To Bare Your Soul

Share your creations with the people in your life.

Do you remember when you decided you wanted to be a songwriter? I do. It was whilst listening to "A Night At The Opera" by Queen when I was eleven years old.

At that time I was already beginning to play some of Brian May's stuff on the guitar. Playing guitar always came easy for me.

The lyrics however, that was different. So elusive. So soul baring. Writing lyrics frightened me! The fact that I was a painfully shy kid didn't help.

Writing in secret
Over the years my guitar playing flourished, for all to see. The lyrics I had been secretly writing stayed hidden, because of my own insecurities.

I had been playing guitar in bands for years. I had written lots of music, arranged lots of cool guitar harmonies, but never had the nerve to share any of my lyrics.

I envied the singers in my bands (who always wrote the lyrics to our songs), not just because they could sit down with a guitar and sing the song. I envied them because the thing that people most connected with was the words. And my singers had the guts to share their words with the world!

Even though I had lots of people telling me how much they loved my playing, I always felt there was something missing. I didn't have the complete package.

And secretly I always wanted to sing one of my own songs to my girlfriend!

It took me almost twenty years to share my lyrics with the people in my life. When I finally did, I couldn't believe how liberating it felt.

Although I believe I've gotten pretty good at writing lyrics, I'm still a little self-conscious about them.

That doesn't matter anymore. Now I'll play my stuff for anyone, anytime.

The point I want to drive home is this: Don't be afraid to bare your soul. Step out of your comfort zone. Share your music and lyrics (and anything else) every chance you get. Don't hold back out of fear and uncertainty. It's not worth it to protect your fragile ego.

Life is too short.

Inspired Quote Of The Month

"I would advise you to keep your overhead down; avoid a major drug habit; play everyday and take it in front of other people. They need to hear it and you need them to hear it."

-James Taylor

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Until next time, happy writing!

All the best,
Richie Gilbert

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