Find out more about Whit at her website: http://whithill.com
She mentions early days singing back-up with Dick Siegel. She also talks about her transition from being a dancer and choreographer (which she still does) into a singer-songwriter.
Songwriting is Whit’s favorite thing—she’d rather do that than anything else. She says its like fishing…some days you drop a line in and see if anything is biting…and if it’s not, don’t take it too seriously…just come back tomorrow. She also talks about her process of putting things aside (sometimes for months or even years) and picking it back up later, and all of the sudden the missing piece is there.
Whit talks about how Wilhagen’s was one of the ways she plugged in to the local songwriting scene early on.
Whit talks about a former dance student who came back into her life years later as a singer-songwriter, Dana Falconberry. Watch Dana’s Tiny Desk Concert on NPR here:
What does it mean to be a successful singer-songwriter?
Whit talks about her history with the Kerrville Folk Festival, each May in Kerrville, TX. She won the New Folk competition in 2012. She talks about the process of submitting, playing, and now supporting new finalists.
She talks about her approach to coaching other songwriters. She also isolates a few key tenets for her in songwriting. We discuss how critiques are crucial in getting even simple feedback — does this make sense to the audience? Or offering a small tweak that could open a song up.
Where does Whit learn about songwriting now?
We discuss Object Writing. Whit likes to begin a cowrite session with a object writing exercise. It opens everyone up, and can spark interesting creativity.
Whit's memoir “Not About Madonna” is in part about, yes, that Madonna. We talk about her early friendship with Madonna, and her process of writing the memoir.
To learn more about Whit as a songwriting coach, you can reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.