It is the writer's privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart.
One of the reasons I chose to begin my Summer of Songs this week was because of where I am right now. Ten years ago, my friend Joel started a co-writing retreat. It’s a three-day gathering of songwriters from across the country who come together for the specific purpose of writing songs. But much more happens here than just that.
It’s hard to explain to a non-writer what goes on when two or three songwriters go into a little room together and attempt to create something beautiful. And meaningful. And moving. Something you hope will find a life far beyond that little room. Because of your common desire to create something that matters, you risk a lot. You get vulnerable and real and dare to say stupid things in order to get to the good stuff. It’s scary. And fun.
Some of the people here a I’ve known for a very long time. Others I just met today. Either way, I know lifelong relationships will form. We call them our “logical family.” And sometimes, they understand us better than some of our biological family. That just happens when you share life in the writing room.
I am so grateful to Joel for his vision. This weekend is special, and it’s the perfect place to dive deep into this summer writing adventure. Good things will happen, I just know it.