Richard McLaughlin

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I tried to break into the singer/songwriter genre at age 65. It didn't work out well. You may have noticed that practically every singer/songwriter on the net is a PEPY Pretty.....Perky....Edgy...Young.

I'm not.

I was not quite sure why breaking in was so hard...my songs are well written, I think, and well-performed (or so my wife says), but I soon realized that I had... more

I tried to break into the singer/songwriter genre at age 65. It didn't work out well. You may have noticed that practically every singer/songwriter on the net is a PEPY Pretty.....Perky....Edgy...Young.

I'm not.

I was not quite sure why breaking in was so hard...my songs are well written, I think, and well-performed (or so my wife says), but I soon realized that I had committed two major errors: First, I don't write love songs. Second, I don't write love songs.

I don't know exactly when the love song enslaved popular music culture, but it was probably well before I was born, and things have just gotten worse.

I know all the reasons why love songs are so popular, so no need to go into them here. However, when you reach my age (69) you realize a couple of things: you're not going to live forever, love songs have practically nothing to do with love, and people want love songs because they want to feel good.

So what about all the other things that human beings experience; loss, loneliness, frustration, despair, faith, even...yes..the kind of LOVE that doesn't exist in love songs? You know, all those things you can read about in novels, or see in movies, or experience in plays.

That's what I do, so if you're looking for a dopamine high I'm probably not your cup of Chai.

On the other hand most of us will wind up in the places these songs go, so why not enjoy a short preview?

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