It’s something that possibly every songwriter can attest to – having to suffer mind-bending comments and questions from people who just don’t get it. While they should be forgiven for much of their utterances, it’s still a struggle not to get annoyed at times.
Among the crazy things that people utter in the presence of songwriters that we have heard include:
• “Oh, you can write songs…will you write one for me too?” Sorry, don’t think so.
• “My son/daughter/brother/sister etc. is looking to get a big break, can you hook them up with…” As if you’re not trying to get hooked up yourself.
• “Wow, that song is going to be number one on the charts…I’m so proud of you.” While the positive reinforcement is good, you know better than to be over-confident, especially since you’re yet to get the song recorded much less played.
• “You write songs? You must be rich!” (Sighs and shakes head)
• “I would love to become a famous songwriter like you…Can you teach me how to write?” Sure, as long as relative obscurity is what you consider to be famous.
• “When will you be going on a world tour?” Um…
• “Your song would be perfect for so and so radio show…why don’t you email it to them?” Says someone who definitely doesn’t know how the music business works.
• “You should understudy Taylor Swift (or some other popular artist). She writes her own stuff and look how famous she is.” Um…no! I can only write like me.
• “Don’t forget me when you hit it big…I was the one who was always by your side.” Maybe I need to get rid of you to see if my career can finally take off.
• “Why don’t you get a real job?” This is a real job!
• “How come I’ve never heard any of your songs on the radio?” Uh…how come I’ve never heard of you?
People can be inadvertently mean to songwriters with their ill-timed comments. However, don’t let it get to you. It’s all a part of the journey.