Songwriting Takes Courage – It’s Not For The Faint Of Heart



Being a songwriter is not for the faint of heart.

But, being alive is not for the faint of heart, either. The more stories I hear, the more I realize that the vast majority of us have faced some really difficult things in life. If you have not, then count your blessings.

I loved this quote the moment I saw it. Even the courageous are afraid. They just decide that something else is more important than fear. Soldiers in battle who go toward the enemy to save a buddy are still afraid. They just put their friend above the fear and they face it anyway.

In life, or in songwriting, the same principle applies.

If you decide you want to be a songwriter, there will be MANY fearful moments.

There will be times when you put your songs out there and you are soundly rejected. There will be moments on stage when you think you might wet your pants. There will be financial crossroads you will come to that require you to take a safe road, or to venture out into the great unknown with no guarantees.

The question you have to ask yourself is this –

Is the fear stronger than your dream?

If the dream is more important, then you will face the fear. You will give it everything you have. You WILL defeat the fear or die trying. If the fear is bigger than your dream, you will give up and walk away.

The brave are sometimes killed in battle, but the fearful never live at all. If you want it, then write on.



Marty Dodson (Co-founder of SongTown/Six time #1 songwriter)

12 thoughts on “Songwriting Takes Courage – It’s Not For The Faint Of Heart

      1. your lessons are great I have been writing songs since I was 14 I just turned 53 it’s been a real inspiration I will never give up

  1. Brene Brown said something to the effect of you can either choose courage or comfort, but you can’t have both at the same time. I choose courage.

  2. I have a new strategy for managing fear. It’s working better than anything else I ever tried. When fear comes knocking on the door, it’s almost automatic to try to push fear away. But lately, I’ve been opening the door. Yes, Instead of trying to keep it locked up in the small circle of “doubt” (which only seems to make it bigger), I receive it. I invite it into the circle of “now”.I imagine myself holding it’s hand, listen to it as I would my own little child, send it love, sit with it and not ask it to be any different than it is. Then I remind my inner scardy-cat to recognize that in this moment, everything really is ok and ask it to stick with me and see how it all works out for my good. The magic is, I get some peace and sometimes I even feel a little bit stronger on the inside.

  3. “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
    ― Nelson Mandela

    Your words, Marty, are stridently important to everything we do in this profession. What a great website! We who are determined even against all odds and at almost any cost to pursue our worthy dream extend to you and Clay and all the others our most heartfelt thanks. Hope to meet you guys the next time I get into your town.

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