Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been rehearsing my vocals, recording them on GarageBand (haven’t mastered Logic Pro yet) and uploading them to SoundCloud to get some feedback (mine and others) to determine what my songwriting genre is the best fit. This is in preparation to the songwriting Capstone project at Berklee College of Music in October, dependent on earning a passing grade in Music Production that wraps up the first week in September with the Final Exam.

I tried recording Jazz, Blues, Rock, 60s Girl Band, the Blues, and Broadway. Only the first 4 made the SoundCloud experiment. A couple of them were close but one came out the clear winner. It wasn’t unanimous but upon deep discussion and analysis with my coach, we decided the winner was Black Coffee, a country song performed by Lacy J. Dalton.

Genre is always tricky for me – whether in writing a novel or a song – I don’t just love one thing. But there’s always a “better” fit and, for me, I discovered it’s some form of country. But not any country – it has to match my voice and rhythm. Black Coffee was like the perfect fit for both. (Must be connecting to the “poetic, almost lyrical rhythm” my literary agent said about my writing.)

And if all goes well and I do well in the Capstone Project (coming out of it with a decent song), I’ll keep pursuing songwriting and then I’ll join the Nashville Songwriters Association – so stoked! Who knows? Maybe we’ll even move to Nashville – lol!

As Erma Bombeck said:

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’

I’m not going down without a fight – lol!

Black Coffee

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

This was a close runner-up – similar to the original song I wrote as the Screamie Birds from my childhood home in Orange County, California (a bit dated now), but it also has a nice rhythm to it.