Written by: Korie Burton | Muscle Shoals Song Rooms Intern
September 28th, 2020
As I write this, we are in the middle of a global pandemic. I’ve asked myself a lot of the same questions. How am I supposed to meet people right now? Who am I going to write with if I can’t go anywhere? What about live performances? How am I supposed to make any money from my music if I can’t play live? I’m sure many of you have asked the same questions, and a common answer to all of these questions is one thing: get connected online.
One big thing that has surprised me throughout all of this is how much more I have been co-writing in 2020. Rather than having to drive all over the Nashville Metro area to different co- writes, I just hop on over to a different Zoom link! I still prefer in-person writes over virtual any day, but it makes it so much easier to schedule meet ups with my fellow writers.
Another amazing advantage to meeting people online is getting to write with writers from all over the country and even across the globe. Since the beginning of this year, I’ve gotten opportunities to write with amazing songwriters from all over. In a single co-write, there can be a writer in Nashville, a writer in Texas, and a writer in Wisconsin all connecting and collaborating on the same project. If it weren’t for virtual writes, I may have never connected with these writers. I’ve also written a couple of times with a co-writer from the Netherlands AND played a virtual writer’s round with an artist from the UK.
All this being said, I want to specifically address those of you considering a membership here at Muscle Shoals Song Rooms. My advice to you is this: SIGN UP! A basic Song Rooms Virtual Membership is only $10/month, (for a limited time, so get in on it now!) With the membership, you get to connect with new writers, meet with publishers at pitch events, get feedback on your songs and instantly connect with an online community. It’s a strange time for everyone right now, but it’s so important to keep learning and working on your song craft as we navigate through this difficult time.
Best wishes to all of you writers out there pursuing your dreams! You’re gonna do big things!