Songwriters gather to share music, improve songwriting

Songwriters gather to share music, improve songwriting

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The men and women, young and old, from different walks of life, all share a common thread - a love of music and of music writing. The men and women, young and old, from different walks of life, all share a common thread - a love of music and of music writing.
"You've captured a lot of people with creative minds and creative spirits, willing to put it on the line, put it out there and not be embarrassed," said songwriter Edna Riddick. "You've captured a lot of people with creative minds and creative spirits, willing to put it on the line, put it out there and not be embarrassed," said songwriter Edna Riddick.
It's not just about performing the songs. These sessions are designed to help the writers better their craft. It's not just about performing the songs. These sessions are designed to help the writers better their craft.
"You can't help but live in East Tennessee and feel the music and the rhythm of daily life and what we try to do is tap into that and hopefully continue that sort of musical creativity as our heritage," said songwriter David Lauver. "You can't help but live in East Tennessee and feel the music and the rhythm of daily life and what we try to do is tap into that and hopefully continue that sort of musical creativity as our heritage," said songwriter David Lauver.

By GENE PATTERSON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A group in Knoxville meets every week to create music magic.

They are the Knoxville Songwriters Association and recently 6 News sat in on one of their sessions.

The sign on the door says "welcome" and they mean it.

The men and women, young and old, from different walks of life, all share a common thread - a love of music and of music writing.

They spend their meetings playing their songs. Some are funny, others more serious.

On a recent weekday night, the room was filled with songwriters and one frustrated musician.

"You've captured a lot of people with creative minds and creative spirits, willing to put it on the line, put it out there and not be embarrassed," said songwriter Edna Riddick.

And it's not just about performing the songs. These sessions are designed to help the writers better their craft.

"We help each other with our songs," said songwriter John Morris. "We write a song, bring it in. Everybody listens and they critique the song and write what they think on the lyric sheet."

David Lauver said he and the others find inspiration everywhere.

"You can't help but live in East Tennessee and feel the music and the rhythm of daily life and what we try to do is tap into that and hopefully continue that sort of musical creativity as our heritage," said Lauver.

Few, if any, will ever write a hit song or even get one recorded, but that, while nice, isn't the goal.

"If you can say in three minutes something that touches someone or sing a song that brings tears to someone's eyes and they come up to you and say 'That touched me.' There's nothing more rewarding than that," Riddick said.

And that is the true spirit of East Tennessee.

If you're interested in joining the Knoxville Songwriters Association, they meet each Tuesday night at the Fountain City Library.


If you know someone who you believe is an example of the Spirit of East Tennessee, e-mail me at gpatterson@wate.com.

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