Songwriting

6th November 2017

Just last Thursday, I went back to the Muddy Creek Cafe in Bethania, North Carolina for another amazing open mic night. Not only did I have an awesome time and enjoy some great music by other musicians, but when I took the stage, I sang an original song, (U) Spit Me Out, and the following two covers:

  • Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley
  • Welcome To Your Life by Grouplove

My friend, Country Dan Collins, who hosts this event every week, and I had a conversation about songwriter during which he mentioned that it was OK to write a crappy song sometimes as long as continue to work on your craft, and I mentioned the Goo Goo Dolls frontman, Johnny Rzeznik, who wrote Iris for the City Of Angels soundtrack after a period of dealing with writer’s block that followed the Dolls’ success of their 1995 breakthrough hit, Name. I told Dan that Johnny said, “If it sucks, I don’t care,” as he was writing Iris. As an artist who writes music when the spirit moves me, I tend to agree that a song does not have to be perfect or a hit. It just has to come from your heart.

Remember that the open mic night at Muddy Creek happens every Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM with sign-ups starting 15 minutes earlier. Come on out one week, and show us what you’ve got!

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Open Mic Night at Muddy Creek Cafe #BenjiMartinNC #NCMusic

Good evening. This just a short note that I will be at the Open Mic Night at Muddy Creek Café in Winston-Salem, NC on Thursday, 19th October 2017. The event starts at 6:30 PM, and all musicians and singer-songwriters are welcome. The event is hosted by Country Dan Collins, whom I have known from past open mic nights in Winston-Salem. For more details, email me at benjimartinmusic@gmail.com.

Good To Be Back #openmic #concert

I just got home from playing at my first #openmicnight in five years. It was at R Lo’s Pub & Grub in my hometown of Thomasville, North Carolina, and it was hosted by my friends, the PeaceTrain Band. Between their sets, which included renditions of classics by the likes of Neil Young, Eric Clapton, and John Denver, I was fortunate to play two sets, which altogether included verions of hits by U2, Sir Paul McCartney, Vance Joy, and the late George Michael, plus one of my original songs, (U) Spit Me Out. Aside from the positive feedback that I received from everyone who enjoyed my performance, I had a great time enjoying and playing some awesome music.

Remember that if you’re a Piedmont Triad area musician, come on out to R Lo’s on the first Sunday of every month and share your God-given talents! R Lo’s Pub & Grub is located at 207 Fisher Ferry Street in Thomasville. Be there or be square!

Open Mic Night at R Lo’s Pub & Grub

What’s up, everyone? I hope that your day is going well. I just want to call your attention to an event that has just started. It is the monthly Open Mic Night at R Lo’s Pub & Grub in Thomasville, North Carolina, and it is hosted by my friend Phillip Peace and his group, the PeaceTrain Band. I will keep you posted on the exact date of this event.

If you live in the Piedmont Triad area of NC and you are a musician or if you just enjoy good music, come on out next month to R Lo’s Pub & Grub, which is located at 207 Fisher Ferry St. in Thomasville. You will have a great time, and that is a guarantee!

Hot New #Music #Videos! #NCMusic

Four new #music #videos are now up on YouTube. Three of them are cover versions of hits by the Bee Gees, the Smashing Pumpkins, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the fourth one is an original song called S.O.S. Click here to check them out, y’all! Peace. #ncmusic

My Set at #TimFestNC2015

This year, I was fortunate to open #TimFest2015. This event is held every year in #HighPointNC in honour of the birthday of one of my good friends, Tim Webb, who plays guitar and sings baritone in the local acoustic rock band, White Light.

The songs that I have played on this lovely afternoon are, as listed:

For No One — The Beatles
(U) Spit Me Out
Beth
Falling — LeBlanc and Carr
(Our Love) Don’t Throw It All Away — Andy Gibb

The titles in bold print are those of original songs.

I hope to play at next year’s TimFest if the Good Lord is willing because every year that I have participated in this event has been an absolute adventure.

S.O.S.

(Verse I)  You and me don’t talk no more / Not the way that we used to / It’s ‘cos you’ve been busy / Tryin’ to rebuild you / But when we find time to talk / It ain’t without us fussin’ / About the same damn things / That you bring up for discussion

(Pre-chorus I)  I’m tired of you always cryin’ and bitchin’ / ‘Bout ev’ry li’l thing you know you can’t control

(Chorus I)  Ev’ry conversation is the S.O.S. / I need a vacation from the S.O.S.

(Verse II)  We used to chat ev’ryday / We’d even talk about certain things we’d do / Had we met face to face / But now we’ve gone from kind words to exchangin’ mud / ‘Cos you always start / All kinds of stuff

(Pre-chorus II)  I’ve only got one mama, and she ain’t you / So stop tellin’ me what the hell to do

(Chorus II)  Now ev’ry word we say is the S.O.S. / Each and ev’ryday, it’s the S.O.S. / I need a break from your constant piss-offs / I can’t take no more of this S.O.S.

(Bridge) ‘Fore you go off callin’ me a baby for writin’ this song / Check yourself ‘cos baby, you’re one too!

(Chorus III)  Ev’ry conversation is the S.O.S. / I need some immunisation from all this S.O.S. / I need a break from your criticisms / I’m sick and tired of all your S.O.S.

(c) 2014 Benji Martin Music