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Drew Blank / Blog

Hammer Time

#103

Looks like this initial effort of promoting my songwriting has reached a peak, and it has been a terrific learning experience. Self-publication and networking on the web are viable routes to gain exposure: however, these tools are NOT a big hammer to pound the pavement with. So I managed to make some cracks, and only hit my thumb a couple of times. The results to date have FAR exceeded expectations, and I again wish to thank everyone who took a moment to sample "Find The Limit" and "Beside Me". I believe that creating any artistic work is an amazing challenge, and a great opportunity for introspection. You have to smash down the walls of ego and pretense. Then chip away at your work with as much criticism as you can muster...all while remaining confident in your efforts and believing in your ability. The best reward for me was the sense of validation that these last two weeks produced. Among some fine compliments I received, two excellent musicians listened to my demos...and they get it. And they know I get it. They heard it through the missed notes, and cluttered arrangements, and listened past the borders of genre which categorize our preferences. They heard the work of a songwriter. Time to get back to work. The demo of "Beside Me" will be entered in a national songwriting competition: I believe it would be a fine power ballad if punched up by a rock band, or a suitable selection for a pop/adult contemporary artist. It's a good song, we'll see if it's good enough. There are many more to follow, and the best ones are still behind the wall. I hope you'll stick around to see what I can knock out.

Beside Me

It was a difficult decision to add this song to my playlist today....

There is one note I would love to go back and correct, but other seeds are now being planted.

So this flower will have to survive on its own, flawed though it may be. And it will have to find appreciation in a landscape filled with metallic machinery and the screams of power created by it.

There is beauty in that power.

There is also power in beauty.

"Beside Me", written, performed and engineered by Drew Blank