Chicago, IL

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March 31, 2013

When did you first start writing songs?

I'm in the beginning stages of writing songs. I've been doing a lot of improvisational singing that leads to themes that I'd like to develop into full songs. So, I am a novice at this. When I was a kid, I wrote a one song about a hot dog, another song about froggies, and another song about Toucan Sam. My first prompting as an adult about writing songs came to me during a retreat a few years ago. I spent several hours walking around nature playing around with the song, and it occurred to me that I seemed to be more the recipient of the song than the creator of the song. It was my first song with a grown up theme, but I have yet to add verses. I'm ready to grow up and write about love, war, friendship, growing up, and other stuff that.

Is there a song you wish you wrote?

Although once in awhile a song will just pop right out, mostly I find I'm singing short themes and some extended improvisations that could be refined into songs. I've recorded these and hope to extend them into songs.

What's one fun fact about you people wouldn't know?

The number one song on the top 40 list when I was born was "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face." Although the song was written out of an extramarital affair, I'm a big fan of it because a) Roberta Flack sang it incredibly and b) it was written for Peggy Seeger, Pete Seeger's sister. After seeing a full length documentary on Pete Seeger is definitely one of my heroes. So, it's just weird how all these things can be connected. Also, my first favorite song was "The Three Little Fishies", which trust me, you don't want to get it into your head because you won't be able to get it out again.

Are you more of a lyrics first or music first writer?

Music first. I'm in the beginning stages of writing poetry and hope to combine the two in the near future. I also wish to follow in the shape-note composing tradition of setting existing texts to my tunes.

Do you write in one specific genre or more than one?

In my improvisational singing, I find that different ideas and themes will pop out at different times. Some that I vaguely find familiar, some that I don't recall ever hearing before. I think at this stage, I could say that I'm not a reggae writer or heavy metal writer. Since the melodies that come out of me are all over the place, I'm guessing that I'm heading in the independent/crossbreed direction from all the great influences in my life.


Hello, I'm Jeff. I've been interested in singing different types of music and am moving into songwriting. I'd enjoy the interaction with others who are working on songs and helping each other out. Hope to meet you soon!

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