Songwriters in the Round

“You’re afraid of that?  Here, I've got some for you... That too? Here's an extra helping...“  It felt like the universe taunting me. 

I was sick and in bed for days leading up to the event; I could barely rehearse; coughing shredded my vocal cords, I had a fever the day of the show, the battery in my pick-up died on stage; I forgot to put the notes I made to myself on stage, and on and on and on… 

There was fear and anxiety involved in the process, but the lesson was golden. Just when I thought something would bring me down, it didn’t. The event ended up being magical.


I wanted to create an experience for myself, for other songwriters, for my fans, and for folks I had yet to meet. I had specific ideas about what would make it great, and I set out to make it real. I hadn’t planned on the illness or the obstacles, but in the end, it was a wonderful evening.
 
I invited three songwriters to participate with me in a “Songwriter in the Round” event. I wanted it to be like a Saturday morning workshop show at the Folk Festival. I have always wanted to play one of those. I wanted it to be warm and friendly, with a measure of humor. I wanted there to be excellent songs, good chemistry and a full house.
 
I got my wish! The evening was fabulous, and people keep telling me that they can’t wait until the next one. I look forward to it too. I already have artists in mind…

(Larry Ahearn, Me, Adam Monaco, Hillary Rubesin, Photo by Dan Brody)

(Photo by Alex Lowy)


(Photo by Alex Lowy)

(Photo by Dan Brody)

 

4 comments

  • harry d

    harry d maine

    you look very happy. and deservedly so. sounds like despite being thrown into the rated 5 rapids you managed to keep your feet pointed downstream until the calm waters of music took over the night. an inspiring story. you, once again, are showing us the way to get one's ideas realized. thank you for being an example of 'Just Do It'. sorry to hear about all those pitfalls. The anxiety was palpable in your writing. i'm so happy you made it thru all that and had the type of evening you envisioned. way to go!

    you look very happy. and deservedly so. sounds like despite being thrown into the rated 5 rapids you managed to keep your feet pointed downstream until the calm waters of music took over the night. an inspiring story. you, once again, are showing us the way to get one's ideas realized. thank you for being an example of 'Just Do It'. sorry to hear about all those pitfalls. The anxiety was palpable in your writing. i'm so happy you made it thru all that and had the type of evening you envisioned. way to go!

  • Denise Moser

    Denise Moser

    Thanks Harry D. In the end, it was a great night. It is hard to be so sick before a show. My instrument is human, and I am grateful for all of the days it works well. I hope you will be part of a future songwriter night. That would be fun!

    Thanks Harry D. In the end, it was a great night. It is hard to be so sick before a show. My instrument is human, and I am grateful for all of the days it works well. I hope you will be part of a future songwriter night. That would be fun!

  • Jim Taylor

    Jim Taylor Wilmington, DE

    Denise, The show was a great success. It was great to meet you!

    Denise,
    The show was a great success. It was great to meet you!

  • Denise Moser

    Denise Moser

    Thanks Jim! and thanks for coming out to the show. It was great meeting you! So appreciated...

    Thanks Jim! and thanks for coming out to the show. It was great meeting you! So appreciated...

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