The following column will appear in the October 2007 edition of Gaston Alive:
Songwriters are an interesting lot of
people. They are no different than us. They feel joy and pain,
except with one major difference – they express themselves through music.
King’s Mountain native
Scoot Pittman says that writing music is more than just a hobby or a
"The reason I wake up each morning is to write a better song than I did
yesterday," Pittman says. "It’s something I need to do."
However, what good is to write a song, and not have anyone hear it? Charlotte musician Mike Strauss feels that if you take your
music serious at all, you need to do record it.
"Since the advent of the home recording studio, the costs have come down
dramatically," says Strauss. "It is a way for people to hear and
remember you, long after your performance is over."
And even though the costs have come down dramatically, it’s not something that
you’ll make a ton of money off of. Sure, you can eventually make your
money back, but not nearly as fast as you spent it initially.
Strauss adds, "There is no money in making records. Simply put, they
are fun to make"
Career coaches always preach the importance of loving what you do in your
profession. The more passionate you are about work, the more successful
you will be.
Mount Holly’s own David Childers echo’s Strauss’ sentiments.
"There are many reasons to make an album", says Childers. "It
allows you to leave a record behind that you were here on this great
planet. But most of all, they are fun to make. There’s nothing
better that taking the music you have written and putting it into a lasting
Once a songwriter accepts the fact that they were put on this Earth to express
themselves in song, then many of these reasons to record become obvious and
"I am a writer; not a performer", declares Childers. "I
figured out a long time ago that if I wanted my songs to be heard, I was going
to have to record them".