Songs are kinda like children. You give them life, and if you’re lucky, they grow up and move away and send money home to Mom and Dad.
But you don’t generally lose track of your children, and it’s easier than you might think to lose track of a song you wrote more than a decade ago.
Today, I was sending songs to a friend, and I chose an older song, one I hadn’t listened to in quite some time. As I listened, I realized I still really liked the song a lot. (Like my kids!) It was good to hear it again.
If you’re a working songwriter and you’ve built up a catalog of songs, you probably know all too well the difficulty of keeping up with your songs. The natural tendency is to focus on the newer songs – and the old ones can fade away.
But it’s worth it, every now and again, to pull those old songs out and listen – with fresh ears.