by: Thomas D. Mooney
Over the last several years, songwriters from the area have flocked to The Blue Light on Mondays to play original songs in front of small crowds consisting primarily of their peers. They’ve tested and worked on their latest songs to gauge how the song is shaping. Taking the stage, even when it’s in front of just a few struggling songwriters like themselves, is invaluable.
You may get a passing crowd of strangers who came across vacant Depot District. You may get a handful of regulars. But mainly, you’ll just be getting those who are fellow musicians and songwriters. Because of that, it’s become a fraternity of sorts.
One of the rare times that Mondays end up being packed are when you throw a label on it. It’s when you say it’s a Singer-Songwriter Competition, that’s when folks come bustling through the doors. You can’t blame them either. It’s a guarantee that you’re going to hear some of the best struggling–maybe unknown–voices sharing their songs, hoping to be deemed better–at least for that night–than their contemporaries.
Tonight is one of those nights.
Over the last three weeks, more than 40 songwriters have played. From that pool, 10 songwriters were chosen best. Singer-songwriters Justin Michael Bell, Zoe Carter, James Cook, Daniel Davis, Matt Morgan, Daniel Payne, Landon Scoggins, Jerry Serrano, Brandon Steadman, and Jon Young will be playing tonight.
One of them will be named the ninth winner in the storied competition following in the footsteps of previous winners Kenneth O’Meara, Casey Berry, Daniel Markham, Zac Wilkerson, Danny Cadra, Amanda Goebel, Erick Willis, and last fall’s winner, Jacob Furr.
Doors at The Blue Light will be open at 9. Music will start at 10. Admission is free.
As always, remember to be courteous to all performing songwriters while they’re playing. This is ultimately a songwriter competition which values the craft of lyrics, storytelling, vocals, mood, emotion, and feeling. That essentially means giving the one performing our absolute attention and observation. In short, shut up and listen.