The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #89009   Message #1675107
Posted By: Phil Cooper
21-Feb-06 - 03:53 PM
Thread Name: Your First song
Subject: RE: Your First song
When I was in high school and hearing the songs of Chicago singer/songwriters like Steve Goodman and John Prine (besides the earlier great songs by the likes of Tom Paxton, Phil Ochs, and Eric Andersen), I took it upon myself to write some songs as well. I wrote reams of world weary adolescent stuff. A couple aren't bad, but some others are. An ex-high school girlfriend came to one of our gigs a couple years back and wanted to hear one of my old songs. I begged off, citing not remembering the words. I guess she hears what I was like when I was eighteen. I think of the words and think derivative. My words weren't having the impact that the words by the above mentioned writers had on me. I knew I was not hitting the standard for which I was stiving.

The first song I ever performed in public at an open mic, when I was 17 was "Violets of Dawn."