- I sing. I write songs.
- I am a performer who writes songs.
The Performing Songwriter
Jean Synodinos is a performing songwriter.
Erika Luckett is a performing songwriter.
Zoe Lewis is a performing songwriter.
What make these women (and many more) stand out is that there is an element of "theatrics" is their performances. It's not just two hours of story telling and singing. It's personal transformation into something that is partly a character of themselves... or the people they write about. Zoe throws in elements of vaudeville. Erika can throw off a sudden steam of conscious spoken word that would take Whitman to his knees is ecstasy. Jean seems to become the subject of the song, thus moving her performance to the edge of musical theater.
These women define a subculture that quickens the pace of the craft, and therefore, they help bring their ilk out of obscurity. You don't have to know them or their music, but if you happen upon their shows, you won't forget them. It's magical fan making.
Yeah, So What?
Somewhere, on some blog, I've written about the ongoing challenge that songwriters face to get people to actually COME TO A SHOW.
A little theatrics
Otherwise, you better be the most charming person in town. You better be the master connector. If you aren't, then I suggest you explore the 4th wall idea and learn to perform.