A support group for songwriters: all about listening

A support group for songwriters: all about listening


by Doug Petcash

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Posted on November 4, 2010 at 10:27 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 5 at 9:00 AM

BOISE -- Have you ever created or written something that meant so much to you it was scary to share it with someone else?

That's one of the emotions songwriters might feel when performing a new song for the first time. 

A couple other emotions that come to mind are exhilaration and anxiety. 

Boise has a very vibrant, but somewhat invisible community of songwriters.

Now there's a loosely organized, laid back group that's all about listening and supporting these artists.

It's a songwriters support group, if you will.

It's called the Idaho Songwriters Association. 

Songwriter Steve Eaton started the group about a year ago by sending out a simple email to other songwriters he knows. 

They started showing up for monthly musical meetings usually at The Gamekeeper Lounge in the Owyhee Plaza Hotel in downtown Boise. 

One Tuesday a month they gather to sing their original songs and listen to those composed by other songwriters. 

"It's a safe place to throw caution to the wind," said singer/songwriter Lee Penn Sky, who sometimes tries out new material for the supportive crowd.  

"Everybody here is rooting for everybody," said Steve Eaton.  "We're all rooting for each other." 

To hear what it's all about click on the above video.

To learn more about the Idaho Songwriters Association or Steve Eaton and Lee Penn Sky, you can click on the related links.