Friday, March 17, 2017

Learning new things

Jilda and I have an opportunity to attend a songwriter workshop at the Alabama Folk School. The event comes up in a few weeks and we asked ourselves if we thought a workshop would be helpful. We’ve been writing songs for over 40 years. The thing is, the more we learn, the more we realize I don’t know squat.

Our songwriter friend Andfew
I’m listening to Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography right now. I've always loved his music. Bruce takes a deep dive on the various projects he’s done through the years – what was going on in his life, what he was thinking, and why he wrote the songs the way he did. After each segment in which he discusses particular songs, I stopped the book, went to Spotify and listened to his song. Listening to music in this way is giving me a deep appreciation for his songwriting approach.

Jilda and I both hope the upcoming workshop is a good one. There is nothing more rewarding than learning things that can help you do your work better.

I hope you all have a great weekend.


  1. It takes constant work to breath new life into what we do or have been doing for a long time. The world around us is constantly changing and always hungry for newness.
    Good luck with the workshop.

  2. Every time I think I'm starting to get OK on the guitar, I listen to someone really do it right and realize that I suck. Thing is I keep sucking less and less.

  3. I bet your performances are wonderful already, but you're right about always trying to do your work better. Happy Weekend.

  4. Isn't it wonderful that there is ALWAYS more to learn. I hope that your workshop is wonderful for you both.

  5. Speaking of learning new things. WE met my proofer at an RV park the last two days. She took time to explain how stupid I am. Well those weren't her words but.......
    That aside, I did enjoy the read tonight, and yes, I guess when we stop learning, our toes are turned up!

  6. Springsteen's autobiography sounds fascinating!

  7. Learning more about something you love is a rewarding experience.

  8. If we are paying attention, every part of life teaches us how much we don't know!

    Have fun in the class.

  9. It's so true, the older I get the more I find that I need to learn. We never quit it seems. There is always more to know. And doing something you love, makes it all worth while.

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  11. Anonymous1:24 PM

    We can always learn more, & it makes us better at what we do!!

  12. Always learn what you can. Sounds exciting. Hope you two have a wonderful time!


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