||Still Learning After All These Years
By Jeff Oxenford
© 2006-2007, Jeff Oxenford. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission (Please do not reprint without asking permission!)
column describes my path of shifting from writing songs for myself
to writing them for others. I've been playing music and writing
songs for myself for over twenty years. To make this transition,
I decided that I needed to learn more about the craft of songwriting
and even some music theory. I've been studying with some excellent
songwriters and performers and will share the pearls of wisdom that
I've learned from them.
A short bio
Let the show begin! Getting ready to take the stage. -
I've been getting ready for an upcoming performance so my mind is on preparing a well-rounded set. Here are the stages I went through in order to choose something I'm happy with along with some other ideas to make sure the performance goes well.
Ebb and flow of songwriting -
Over the past year, my songwriting productivity has been all over the board. For a few months I was writing two to three songs per week. Last month I only managed to complete one song.
My Journey Into Songwriting -
This first article will describe how I evolved into a songwriter. If you can see yourself in this, stay tuned for my future articles.
Jeff Oxenford has been playing guitar and writing songs for
well over 20 years. In the spring of 2006, he started his website,
to begin to share his songs, capture songwriting tips and link to
his songwriting blog, www.jeffsongwriting.blogspot.com.
He's played rhythm guitar in college bands and most recently started
to play solo or with his partner,
Julie on the violin. To him it's a risk as well as a great honor
to have people listen to his music. His paying job is knowledge
management, i.e. taking information from scientific experts and
translating it into a more user friendly form. He's trying to do
the same thing with songwriting, sorting through large amounts of
information and making it easier to use. In his free time, he races
whitewater canoes, trains canoeing instructors and, of course, writes