It's an odd dichotomy we songwriters find ourselves confronted with: the desire to share our original creations with an engaged, listening audience and the reality that for most audiences, in most venues (bars, coffeehouses, patios, etc), music is little more than background ambience. And our songs are so much more than background filler, right? I mean, RIGHT?? Well, to us they are, anyway.
So what's the rub? Well, musicians (especially those earning their living that way) need to play. To get paid for their efforts. And the unadorned truth is that most of the places that pay are venues like those mentioned above. So what's a poor boy (girl, however you identify) to do? I guess we try to strike a balance between cover tunes and originals. I do, anyway. I try to read the room, and if it seems like folks are paying attention I'll throw in a few more originals than I normally would.
And sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't. of course, and one quick way to become completely irrelevant to an audience (or crowd, depending) is to launch into your 7 minute minor chord exploration of the origins of ... love, or death, or ... whatever it is we write about.
Yep, I've done that.
Well, we here at the House Of Strays wish you a very musical week. Be kind to yourselves and to each other....