One of my favorite things about living in Nashville is the songwriting culture. I believe with all my heart that the best songwriters in the entire world are here and I have been able to experience that in a variety of ways outside of just attending lots of shows and writer’s rounds. I worked as an assistant to a top pop/country/christian/international songwriter for a while (shout out to the incomparable Jeff Cohen), my boyfriend is an incredible artist/songwriter/producer, and because I grew up idolizing my grandmother who is a painter, listening to my dad play piano every day, and being involved in music lessons and theater, I always feel a strong connection to creative people and seem to mesh well with photographers, chefs, designers, musicians, artists, etc.
It was rainy in Nashville tonight and there is nothing I relish more on nights like these than holing up with good friends and laying around on the couch eating a homemade meal, having a glass of wine, and catching up and that is exactly what I did with two of my favorite friends from college.
As kids from Belmont do, we ended up talking about the music industry and great songs and songwriters for an extended time and it got me thinking about how important music has been in my life.
Let it be known that as a music lover, I have everything on my iPod from pop music to show tunes to indie to classical to gangsta rap, and the list goes on. I love it all and am so proud of Nashville for representing most of these generas as the best in the industry. (Grammy Flashback: Aside from all of the obvious country awards, Nashville also represented with Best Pop Vocal Album – Kelly Clarkson, Best Rock Album, Best Rock Performance, and Best Rock Song – The Black Keys, and Nashville artists performed in 9 performances on the telecast)
My fixation at the moment is country music, which as we all know tells some of the most amazing stories and paints some of the most beautiful pictures. Four songs popped into my mind as some of the most well written, stunning pieces of songwriting that have been put out in recent years and I wanted to share them on the off chance that some readers might not listen to country, or may not have heard them. Here is where i have to make a one sided deal with anyone reading this – in order to develop trust on this blog, if you haven’t heard these songs, you must press play for at LEAST a preview, but I’m betting you’ll get sucked in.
Oh, and I love reading any and all comments that anyone may have, so share your thoughts!