• Amy Abernathy

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    • Interview with Songstuff lyrics writing challenge winner, Georgia based lyricist, Amy Abernathy.

      10/11/2016

      Member(s): ames1212

    How did you get started writing lyrics? 

     

    I used to write poems when I was younger but I was always so active that it was on the back burner. I had got sick a few years back so I could not be as active as I wanted, I saw a song contest online and changed some poems into a song format. I started doing that as a hobby and liked it. I have been writing since 2014. I Bought books by Pat Pattinson and Due White and taught my self song formats.

     

    photo-16736.jpgDo you play any instruments or sing?

     

    I can't carry a tune and play no instruments. My only instrument is my Ball point pen or pencil.

     

    Do you like to collaborate with other writers?

     

    Yes all of my complete songs are colaborations because I only do lyrics. I have met collaboration partners on song stuff, NSAI, sound cloud and at a songwriters group at my church.

     

    if you were to describe yourself as a writer, what would you say?

     

    I like to write stories and songs that capture real emotions.  I write in country,  Christian, Gospel as well s pop and rock genres. I still learning formats, but copy exsisting formats to help to learn what works. Working with other musicians has helped me learn too.

     

    What kind of lyrics do you write?

     

    Country, story type songs, Christian, Gospel or several types.

     

    Why do you write? What do you hope to achieve?

     

    I write with the hopes of one day an artist picking up one of my songs and having it be played on the radio. I do have one song that an artist wants to pick up, it is currently on hold until his 2017 album comes out. it is always fun to see a lyric come to life.

     

    What interests you when you write?

     

    Life stories, conversations, things we go through and sometimes silly things.

     

    if you could write a song for an artist, who would it be and why?

     

    Carrie underwood, because I like her story type songs and she is a great singer.

     

    What are your goals as a songwriter?

     

    To make songs that are commercial but can help somebody along the way.

     

    Do you have a favorite song?

     

    Many favorites The Dance by Garth brooks is my favorite ballad type. I tend to love the songs from when I was in high school the most. There are lots of songs I love.

     

    Of your own songs, do you have a favorite?

     

    Hand Up and Dancing on a memory, although Love May come late is the one that got picked up.

     

    Do you have a favorite situation or location when you write?

     

    At night on my porch, or at church they have music rooms with pianos and instruments, my cowriter meets me there sometimes.

     

    Has being a member of Songstuff been beneficial to you?

     

    Yes it has. I enjoy getting feedback from other artist and it has helped me learn song formats quicker. I have colabarated with a few members and that has been lots of fun.Song stuff has some talented artist from many different places and have learned from many of them.

     

    Why do you take part in lyrics challenges on Songstuff?

     

    I sometimes struggle with what to write about, that helps me to focus on one topic and helps me to grow. I like the challenges because they help me to write about things I may not have thought about on my own.

     

    If you were to offer any advice to your fellow songwriters, what would it be?

     

    Try to write something every day, even if it is just one line, if you get out of the habit of writing, it is hard to be creative.

     

    If someone really likes your work, what is the best way for them to keep up with your latest writings?

     

    Sound cloud, Broadjam, Reverb and for lyrics here. I am working on building a website soon.


    Songsuff Achievements / Awards / Competitions

    Ballad Challenge #1 - Winner!

     

    Rocked The Country

     

    Verse

    I grew upcountry as a blue tick hound.

    Myrle Haggard was my kind of sound.

    taught southern values since I was three.

    Then you walked in Rebellion Bound.

    And you rocked the country out of me.

    Yeah you rocked my country when you came to town.

     

    Verse

    Wearing ripped jeans riding on your bike.

    Jimmy Hendrix blasting all night.

    You're a City boy , so different from me.

    always been a sucker for the bad boy type.

    But you rocked the country out of me.

    yeah you rocked the country out of my life.

     

    Bridge

    You're the kind mama warned me about,

    But it's a little late for the warning now.

    You're a Christian girls worst dream.

    But you came on strong like james Dean.

    And you rocked the country out of me.

    Yeah you rocked the country out of me.

     

    Verse

    My sister said I was acting different.

    needed to be baptized by the holy spirit.

    Because I've become a rock N roll queen.

    The Baptist are whispering I can hear it.

    Because you rocked the country out of me.

    You rocked my country, yes you did it...

     

    Outro

    Yeah you rocked the country,

    yeah you rocked the country,

    you rocked the country out of me.

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