Every songwriter eventually reaches a crossroads where he or she must grapple with the existential dilemma of where to plant his or her earnest, feelings-core seeds. For Philadelphian Geoff G., his thoughts naturally turn to Nashville:
I live in Philadelphia and I want to break into songwriting so bad – I am not sure if I can afford to take classes at the moment and wanted to know if you had an alternative or knew what I could do. I have been thinking about relocation to NYC to hone my skills, but the thought of Nashville, TN always pops up in my head since that is the heart of Songwriting. What are your thoughts? I am self taught at guitar and have been writing song lyrics and songs all of my life. This is my passion and the thought of being stuck in an office all of my life really doesn’t appeal.
"Multiplatinum recorded songwriter, performing artist and educator" Andrea Stolpe answers in a thoughtful, if incredibly long-winded way. But there's always the nothin'-much-there-but-country smack-down hidden among the riches:
"If your goal is to write mainstream pop, alternative rock, or work with bands and artists stretching their styles in the independent music scene, then Nashville may not suit you."
It's like she's never even heard Ligion!