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September 16, 2012 4:02 AM Subscribe
Singers: how did you get over feeling so exposed singing your own lyrics?
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet to Writing & Language (13 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I'm singing in a band for the first time! Yay! We're doing all originals, and when I auditioned I just freestyled all the lyrics and that felt fine. When we work on new stuff and I just make it up off the top of my head - no problem. Usually I enjoy writing poetry etc for myself (no one else reads it), but when I sit down at home and compose lyrics to the songs we have, the inner critic goes into overdrive, and when I go to sing them at practice, wow, it seems kind of confronting having your thoughts and feelings so exposed in front of other people - even though this is kind of exactly what I want because being authentic, expressing myself, letting people get to know the real me and having the guts to be myself in the face of potential criticism are things I really value - plus singing is super fun. Putting myself out there feels really weird... but I really want to keep doing it. Any tips/advice from you guys who've been here before?