As March comes to a close, I figured it was time to review my accomplishments in the first quarter of 2015 and to set goals for the remainder of the year.

In the first quarter, I recorded, produced, and uploaded my 5 original songs to Reverbnation Even though Candy Apple Red (Shoes), Does Everybody Lie, and Fishing Shack received positive feedback from professional mentors, I decided to stop trying to improve them. It’s time to let them go. It’s time to move on.

I remember making that decision for my first novel, Carmel Knowledge. There came point when the positive comments from agent rejections weren’t enough to keep working on the book. There’s a time to put the manuscript (or song) away and move on to the next one. I think it’s time to move onto something new. You must be very selective with what song you’re willing to spend demo money on.

I’ve heard that the first 100 songs are just practice anyway so you don’t want to get too bogged down trying to perfect them. The positive news is that I finished 4 whole songs – some songwriters never complete a song – they just move on to the next one before finishing the previous one.

Like starting a new manuscript, starting a new song is exciting. You can incorporate what you’ve learned from the previous work and hopefully create something better as you improve your craft. Not only that, but I want to focus on the types of songs I really get excited about.

Last night we were shopping in Fresh n Easy and I heard this amazing alternative blues type song and I thought, “Wow! That’s the kind of song I want to work on.” I just wish I knew what song that was.

As part of my NSAI membership, I get 12 song evaluations and I’ve yet to use one (I’ve been getting feedback through another professional group). So my goal for the end of 2015 is to submit at least one song to NSAI for evaluation.

And maybe, just maybe, at least in my wildest dreams, ‘ll find the nerve to do an open mic:

Kelly Clinton’s Open Mic Cabaret.