My Tribe: A Songwriter‰’s Sanctuary


I have always felt like I was a little bit “different”.

I have never seen things the way other people see them. I related to the story of the “Emperor’s New Clothes” because I think I’m that guy. When everyone else is saying things are clearly “white”, I’m seeing “black”. When things are logically explained, they don’t make sense to me.

As a teenager, I wondered what was wrong with me.

For a number of years, I worked in a career where conformity was valued and rewarded. I didn’t fit in well in that environment. I asked the questions that weren’t supported to be asked. I didn’t agree when “everyone” agreed. I will never forget the day that I walked into my publisher’s office for the first time. The day I started my writing deal, the office was crazy.

But, as I looked around, for the first time in my life, I believed I had found my people– my tribe.

These people were making irreverent jokes. They were playing with words. I “got” them. They “got'” me. I had never experienced that before. Our publishing office became my sanctuary. The place where I fit in. I could share my crazy ideas there and no one looked at me like I had three heads. I could write anything that came to mind and people would pat me on the back for getting outside the box. It was nice to be home”.

Our goal here in Songtown is to be YOUR tribe.

We want to be the people that make you feel understood and valued. You can be weird here. You can let the freak flag fly. It’s safe here. We are glad you are here and we are glad to have the chance to join you in your quest to write your heart out. We are different. We have to stick together.

Write on! Marty

Multi #1 songwriter Marty Dodson

Marty Dodson
Songwriter/Producer/SongTown Co-founder

3 thoughts on “My Tribe: A Songwriter‰’s Sanctuary

  1. Hey,
    I am an Extension educator for Oklahoma 4-H. After 23 years of playing music in the corner with 4-H youth, we have finally begun to show “administrator’s” the importance of music in our lives. Anyway, these kids are writing songs like crazy and as a songwriter I have shared my limited knowledge.
    So Kevin Welch is helping some and Verlon Thompson has voiced interest in helping. SO the question I would like to expose these talented young songwriters to the reality of the big machine. Educate them on the now of it all. With your permission of course.

  2. For me, one of the biggest motivations to write is that I have something to say, and I feel like it is falling on deaf ears, for the most part, among people in my friends, family and co-worker circles, where being different tends to land you outside of those circles. So, I decided to see if there is an audience out there somewhere.

    This post parallels so much of my own story, it’s uncanny.

    Thank you, Marty, for letting guys like me know that we’re not the only ones like us.

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