MSA's Songwriter of the Month
My mom says I picked out songs on my granddad’s piano from the age of 4. As a girl I sang all the time and played French horn, guitar, glockenspiel, and ukelele among other instruments. Music was at the center of my life. Then at about age 13, I got crippling stage fright and was unable to perform any more.
I switched to visual art and went on to make my living making and teaching art.
But many years later, a near-fatal car accident landed me in the hospital for 3-1/2 weeks. As I recovered, I found myself writing and singing again. That was about 10 years ago. I kept writing and singing, joined MSA and NSAI, attended workshops, got my songs critiqued as often as possible, played out now and again (playing at the Bluebird Cafe was a high). Music is once again a key part of my life. I’ve learned that I like to sing with friends more than I like performing, although, an audience carefully listening to and appreciating a song I’ve written is among the best feelings on the planet. I write, sing, and play for the great pleasure of it. MSA helped me become a better songwriter and gain the courage to perform. And I have met some of the best people you could ever want to meet through it. I became Treasurer and then President of this historic organization, and then stepped down to pass it on to the next generation of songwriters.
My most recent song, on Soundcloud
My art and music website:
Abby Frances, MSA Songwriter of the Month, November, 2017
R.Paul Waits, MSA Songwriter of the Month, October, 2017
Paul Crum, MSA Songwriter of the Month, September, 2017