When you hear the term ‘singer/songwriter’ a song or artist immediately springs into your mind. Take the above image, for example - I'm one field of flowers short of the archetypal female singer/songwriter image! Whether you think James Taylor, Bob Dylan or something more ‘now’ (perhaps The Civil Wars or Taylor Swift?), the term carries undeniable weight as a music genre all it’s own. It’s odd when you think about it along those lines considering that most musicians are singer/songwriters in some fashion. And so, singer/songwriter is a dubious term; one that is both amorphous and also simultaneously constricting.
I am a singer/songwriter.
I play acoustic guitar (sometimes).
My hair is relatively long and I’m guilty of being attracted to the once cutting-edge ‘boho’ fashion trend.
And now that you have composed your own mental version of me, and more importantly, my music, I ask that you think again.
Music is one of those incredible forces: it's impossible to create in a vacuum - to have a sound that has truly never been heard before - and yet each artist will inevitably bring something special to the sonic table. I have spent over ten years writing music and each time I perform, I can't help but emulate my favorite musicians. My first studio EP was a culmination of that type of writing and while I stand behind the work, there isn't enough of ME within it. And so, this year my challenge is to sift through all my influences and produce the kind of album that really captures my unique approach to the singer/songwriter paradigm - which, I dare say, sounds nothing like the music you've envisioned a few paragraphs earlier.
Only time will tell of course. Until then - what does 'singer/songwriter' mean to you?