Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A fun night at The Commodore...

Well the evening at The Commodore went very well.

Debi Champion put together another great evening of entertainment. I tried out a few new songs I had recently written. Overall I was pleased with my performance, but really enjoyed meeting Greg Sawyer and Lizzy McAvoy. They both performed performed in my round and made it very enjoyable to be on stage with them.

Lizzy McAvoy is a wonderful young, talented singer/songwriter. I was impressed with her guitar playing and vocals. It is so cool to see such young talent here in town pursuing their dream. Go listen to her music by clicking on her name.

Greg Sawyer is my kind of songwriter. His lyrics were memorable, clever and well thought out. His guitar playing just makes it that much better. He even played on one of my songs. Look this guy up if you want to hear some good music.

Thanks to Debi Champion for inviting me to participate. I hope to be playing again very soon.

Until then, keep writing and keep the faith,


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Back to songwriting for a minute...

Well, this blog is supposed to be about songwriting, but lately I have been talking more about my daughter and other wonderful things in my life.

But, I am playing in a round at Debi Champion's songwriter night at The Commodore Grill on West End in Nashville. I go on at 7:00 pm. If you have never been to a songwriter night, basically four writers get up and play three songs each. It is a wonderful way to meet the people who make the music. It's one of my favorite things to do.

So, make it out if you can.

Peace and love to all,


Sunday, July 19, 2009

What inspires me....

"There is a voice in the Universe urging us to remember our purpose for being on this great Earth. This is the voice of inspiration, which is within each and every one of us." Wayne Dyer

What inspires me? Well a lot of things do, but I will give you the short list of this week.

1. Getting to see the Nashville skyline everyday. I remember the first time I drove into Nashville and knew I had found my home.

2. Dreamers. I'm a dreamer and I am engaged to a dreamer and love that she thinks there is much more to life than a 9 to 5 job. She inspires me. Check out her blog sometime.

3. My daughter of course. I think you all know how I feel about her. When she moved to college, I told her I was moving to Nashville. She said, "It's about time Dad!" She understands me.

4. The mountains. We live 4 hours from the Great Smokey Mountains. What a beautiful place to get away to; and the scenery is amazing all year around.

5. All the random people I cross paths with everyday. I had a wonderful conversation with a homeless guy on the corner yesterday. I didn't have any cash, so I rolled my window down and talked to him while I was waiting on the light to change. I might not have made his day, but it made mine.

6. My Mother. She is one of those Mothers that would support me even if I was on death row for killing a Nun.(she wasn't really a nun, just a hooker dressed up like a nun, but they...nevermind) I don't give Mom enough credit for all she has done for me.

Finally, it's Wayne Dyer that put me on the path toward self actualization. I don't really know exactly what that means. I just know when I listen to that small voice inside, that little piece of God that lives in all of us...I am happier.

Peace and joy!!


Monday, July 6, 2009

Giving her away...part two

Well the first round of pictures from last weekend's Cagney & Alex Wedding Celebration have begun to roll in. I wanted to share a few with you all.

Here she is, the bride to be getting ready for her big day. My niece Katy is in total control. Isn't my daughter beautiful?

This picture was taken by my Mother. The wedding was held outside on a beautiful summer evening. I will never forget how it felt to walk her down the isle.

What a great-looking and happy couple. It was like a wonderful movie that you wish you could watch over and over again.

Happiness, love and beauty everywhere. Her bridesmaids were her friend Julie and my nieces Karmen and Katy. Alex's best men were his friend Chris and his two younger brothers.

And of course we posed for this, but what a special moment for me and my daughter. Cagney has been the light of my life for over 25 years and giving her away was very special to say the least. I wish them a lifetime of happiness and joy. Okay, I am tearing up again, so I will close for now.

This is the song her and I danced to. Click on it and listen to Michael Buble sing about my daughter Cagney.

Peace, love and joy to all,


My favorite Songwriter Joel Shewmake

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“Be not the judges of men, but love your brothers and sisters, and find ways to reach out to them in common goals and aspirations. Where there is love in common, the divisions of creed will melt away and reveal the true nature of man’s eternal destiny -- one of unity in purpose, to be perfect as the Father is perfect."

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