I always think God puts people in front of your door step that you need to know about. It was such a blessing to have Bernie Nelson a famous song writer and singer come into my life and introduce his wonderful book HonkyTonk Angels. I think that there was a HonkyTonk Angel working their magic between us.
Bernie’s book really hit home as an Artist/Designer point of view. I have always believe that God and the Angels are around us all the time and gives us the tools and the gifts to create something special for this world to see or hear. I pretty much think that is how my designs come about in my products and that is how Bernie explains it in his book how great songs come about with help of a HonkyTonk Angel.
His book is full of delightful stories of how great songs, songwriters and singers come together with a divine intervention behind it. I truly believe that God and Angels work behind the sense in everything we do in life. You just have to take the first step and they will guide you along the way. It might take you a little longer to get where you are suppose to be. But with persistence, passion, patients and God’s timing everything comes the way it’s suppose too.
Some songs that might have been written awhile back and haven’t been published yet, just might need to find the right home and the right person to sing it, for it to give us meaning and purpose in that special moment in time. It’s all about those HonkyTonk Angels at work.
This book really opened up my eyes about how some of these great country songs came about. And how great songwriters and singers come together to create the magic of a great song.
Bernie was so gracious and took the time to answer some of my questions:
Bernie I know that his book has been in the process for years. How did you come up with this idea of writing this book?
“After storing up years and years of unbelievable stories on how songs became classic country songs, the idea of putting them into a book has been around about 10 years.”
This book hits home for many singer-songwriters . What would be your advice for them wanting that big break? That big awww moment.
“A song is only as good as its melody, its originality and its ability to draw people to it.”
If you could go back in time, would you change anything in your life as a singer-songwriter?
“If I could go back and redo my earlier songwriting career, I would have wrote a lot more songs.3 songs a day is a good thing when you are new to songwriting. Volume creates quality by means of eliminating unnecessary lyrics.”
“Editing, editing editing is the key to great songs. Step outside of your ego and find the weak links in the song. Why would Blake Shelton cut it. What would turn him off from the song or where in the song would you lose him.”
“Persistence and learning to trust your instincts on a song idea and also when it comes to pitching the song.”
Here is a little bio of Bernie Nelson
Bernie Nelson is one of the A-list “go-to-guys” for good songs. With more than 25 million records sold. His songs have appeared on projects recorded by the likes of Kenny Chesney, Chris Ledoux, Wyonna, Conway Twitty, Randy Travis, Kris Kristofferson and many more.
For his full bio just go to his website at: http://www.bernienelson.com/bio/
You can find his signed book and CD on his website: http://bernienelson.com/
His latest CD is Whiskey and Water
Please note this are my true words and feelings about this book. And I was not paid in anyway to write this article.
Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did writing it
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