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A Beautiful Pain

13 Dec

I’m proud to announce that after over 2 years of submitting over a dozen songs to the NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association) in an attempt to better my songwriting craft, I have gotten my first song recommended for the quarterly publisher luncheon!

The song is called “A Beautiful Pain” which I wrote with Danny Harjo who lives in Lakeville Minnesota. Danny and I wrote via skype. I met Danny at a Barbara Cloyd workshop in Nashville in June 2010, but didn’t really start communicating with him until I commented on a facebook post about his daughters in September 2011.  After sending a few messages back and forth discussing his two teenage daughters and my daughter who had just turned one, I pitched him the hook of “A Beautiful Pain”. I explained that I wanted to write a song about watching our kids grow up and how we are so happy with each milestone, but sad to see them growing up so fast. I used the example of my daughter walking and talking and he talked about his 16 year old daughter getting her drivers permit and how hard it is to let her go out on her own.

After our 1st our skype we had virtually written both verses of “A Beautiful Pain”. A few emails back and forth and another hour skype and we had written a beautiful coming of age song that takes you from watching your daughter take her first steps to driving, dating and eventually to getting married in the bridge.

My personal favorite line in the song is “I see my baby girl standing there in you shadows” which Danny wrote in the bridge of the song. I think this line is the strongest line and will really resonate with many fathers.

Let us know what you think about our new song “A Beautiful Pain” You can listen to an acoustic version on my music facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/dustyduhon or on my main website at http://www.dustyduhon.com.

Thanks for your support. I’ll be posting more about my songwriting adventure to keep you updated on every little success along the way.

Nashville 2011

22 Apr

I just recently returned from a week long trip to Nashville to pitch some music and hang out in Music City. Overall I had a very productive week, getting some great feedback on my songs as well as meeting some future co-writers while hanging out with some great songwriter friends from Houston. I spent most of the days pitching music and the nights at hit songwriter’s shows presented by Tin Pan South with new and old friends.

Meeting Allen Shamblin in Nashville, April 2011

I can’t even begin the explain the experience I had with Tin Pan South. I saw so many great hit writers up close and personal. My mind was overflowing with inspiration just listening to each of their unique stories. My favorite show was one of the first nights at the Hard Rock Cafe on Broadway. It included Phil Vasser, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Brett James and  Josh Kear. You may have heard of Phil Vasser and Carolyn Dawn Johnson, but many of you may not know Brett James and Josh Kear. Brett James wrote many of Carrie Underwood’s songs, including “Jesus Take the Wheel” and “Cowboy Casanova.” Josh Kear has many hits, but most people know him now as the writer of Lady Antebellum’s huge smash “Need You Now.” Josh also wrote “Before He Cheats” for Carrie Underwood.

That night was the highlight of my Tin Pan South experience, but other great writers that I saw that week were Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin, who wrote “The House that Built Me.” I actually saw each writer seperate and both put on a great show, including their performance of Miranda Lambert’s huge hit. What was interesting is Tom Douglas actually played it on the keyboard, while Allen Shamblin played it on the guitar.

New and old friends in Nashville, April 2011

I could go on and on about the Tin Pan South shows, but the main reason I was in Nashville was to get feedback on my own music. I set up appointments with representatives at NSAI and ASCAP as well as with a producer in Brentwood that  a friend recommended. All of them gave me great feedback and said I was on the right track. I had three songs that I was pitching. The first is a brand new song called “Red Eye,” which I wrote with Jon D’Agostino from New York and Jason Eustice from Louisville, Kentucky. Jason did a guitar vocal of it and I got really good compliments on his presentation of the song.  The second song I pitched is a song I wrote last year with Beth Kille from Wisconsin. Beth lived here in Houston for a while, which is where we met, but didn’t start writing until she moved back to Wisconsin. Now we co-write via Skype. The final song I pitched is called “Doing the Best I Can,” which was inspired by my cousin going to Afghanistan. All three songs got great reviews. Now it’s just a matter of being in the right place at the right time and of course continuing to write great songs!

I love Nashville and the musical vibe that surrounds the city and hope to make it back soon.