Songwriter’s block. Yes, it’s a real thing and it hit me hard last May, sending me into a hiatus. My piano remained closed for a while. Certain events led up to it, and I’m finally ready to share what happened.
After I worked on my new music with Refinement and recorded my Mormon Channel Daily interview, some miscommunication between Refinement and me led to us scrambling to finish my song, “Found Myself,” in time for my interview airing April 21. My song miraculously came together, and I thought I was in the clear.
The MCD producer had emailed me multiple times to sign and email back their “Creative Works Agreement” in regards to my song. Just before I put ink on the page, I had my attorney husband read through it. I’m lucky I did. After a few minutes he pointed out that the language in the release was for a transfer of ownership of the rights to my song. !!??
I didn’t believe him. I reminded him the producer told me it was for one-time use. He reminded me that a legal contract outweighs an email in court.
I read through the release again and noted the wording used. It would completely strip me from any rights to, interest in, and credit for my song. It also forbid me to publish or distribute my song without approval.
I emailed the producer explaining my concerns about the contract and asked if there was another option. The producer pretty much said take it, or leave it and we won’t play your song.
After all the effort, phone calls, and lost sleep during the previous week just to finish my song in time, I was not about to give up. I asked if my attorney could talk to the intellectual property department, but they declined and said I could speak to them myself instead.
During my conversation with the intellectual property department, I was told there was, in fact, another option for me. The “Art and Photography Agreement” would allow me to retain all rights, and allowed them one-time use of my song. My attorney looked it over and gave me the go-ahead. I signed it, sent it off, and my song aired with my interview.
That’s when songwriter’s block hit. I tried to write, tried to create perfect conditions for inspiration, but nothing of substance was coming to me. I felt like I’d lost my steam from all that drama.
I decided that I couldn’t force creativity, so I took a break. I soaked up the summer with my family. I tapped back in to my TV background. I worked on improving myself mentally, spiritually, and physically.
As fall began, the fog began to clear; lyrics slowly returned to me. I didn’t hesitate to write words down and work on them. All sorts of things started filling our calendar, but somehow I continued carving out time to write. Consistency paid off, and I penned my favorite song yet. I’m looking forward to sharing it with you.