2014 Songwriter Shootout Finals

Posted by Kurt Scobie on December 12, 2014


I am not the biggest fan of music competitions. I don't usually do well in them. After three attempts at American Idol, an attempt at The Voice, and even an audition for America's Got Talent, I have figured out that I am not really cut out for TV. And I am OK with that. After the winner is announced on those shows, they're rarely remembered. In the end, the judges of those shows make out better than anyone. I am not really interested in pursuing that anymore.

However, I am growing to love the songwriter competitions that exist for those of us who want to share our songs and be a part of a community of artists and musicians. Every Thursday at The Camp House in Chattanooga is a space where songwriters at all levels can come and share what they have been creating. And, for added interest and excitement, they've made it a competition.

Now, the competition side of things still kinda sucks. I mean, I'm not against friendly competition, in general. But, the idea of putting song against song is a little weird to me. Comparing the artwork of one artist to that of another is a bit absurd. At the same time, I understand why the competition side of it exists.

Well, last night at The Camp House was everything that a friendly music competition should be. Sure there were tensions and nerves and disappointments, but there was a sense of camaraderie and community. That is what it truly is about in this world.

I won last night. Something I am very happy with. I'm proud of my songs and my performance of them. Most of all I am pleased with the way I connected with the audience. And that is the key. Connection.

Without connection the world is cold. 

So, while I am absolutely thrilled that I was named "Champion" last night in Chattanooga, I am even more thrilled to be a part of a special community where people gathered and connected and shared their art that helps us make sense of this world that we live in.

Here are a few photos from the event.

Anthony Quails (host), the judges, and all of the performers.

The Camp House has a great new venue

Soundcheck before the night began
Honored

2 comments

  • Judy Schoonover

    Judy Schoonover

    I can't say it enough...CONGRATULATIONS....I am so happy for you and your beautiful family.......you are such a special talent and all around good guy, as far as i can tell....I know I felt connected...with just the short time we spent together.... Let you heart be full and enjoy the journey....Judy :)

    I can't say it enough...CONGRATULATIONS....I am so happy for you and your beautiful family.......you are such a special talent and all around good guy, as far as i can tell....I know I felt connected...with just the short time we spent together....
    Let you heart be full and enjoy the journey....Judy smile

  • Elaine

    Elaine

    Congrats Kurt! On the win, but mainly on being happy and content with your art. I just entered my son for the "Are you smarter than a fifth grader" Atlanta audition. I think he's too tall! Guess all these TV people are looking for a certain "type". Not a great thing to be teaching to our children! So, glad that you aren't concerned about that! When it matters most, people will see your abilities and gifts!

    Congrats Kurt! On the win, but mainly on being happy and content with your art. I just entered my son for the "Are you smarter than a fifth grader" Atlanta audition. I think he's too tall! Guess all these TV people are looking for a certain "type". Not a great thing to be teaching to our children! So, glad that you aren't concerned about that! When it matters most, people will see your abilities and gifts!

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