‘On his 30th birthday, local musician Jimmy Willden was struck with inspiration. Corpus Christi needed something to spotlight and inspire appreciation for local music. Thus, Corpus Christi Songwriters was born.
“Being an organization that focuses on songwriting, it should really be about the songwriter,” Willden said about the listening room environment. “While the performer is on the stage, we encourage people to really listen or take their conversations outside.”’
‘”We’re continuing to expand what we do and the resources we provide for the artist community,” said Corpus Christi Songwriters President Steven Hansen. “We want to honor the people who are creating in Corpus Christi.””
‘For songwriters, inspiration can strike at any time. Regardless of the surroundings, the lyrics, chords and melodies of a potential smash can come together for a composer so unexpectedly that scribbling the ideas down on paper as soon as possible is of the utmost importance. But no matter how fledgling songwriters get inspired and capture and preserve their ideas, they all share the desire to have their songs heard once they are written. Fortunately for songwriters of all skill levels, Corpus Christi’s emerging venue for live music, the Churchyard, offers a valuable chance to be heard with its upcoming Corpus Christi Songwriters Showcase.’
‘Corpus Christi Songwriters “In The Rounds” is hosted in the middle bar sections of House of Rock that features a smaller stage more suited to acoustic performances. The atmosphere is considerably more intimate which allows the music to be the main attraction. The proceedings are hosted by local musician Jimmy Willden, who knows a thing or two about writing a great song, and he often takes the opportunity to debut some of his newest songs. So for those aspiring composers who have been sitting on a backlog of original songs but have not found a way to perform them in front of a live audience, House of Rock’s Corpus Christi Songwriters is a great way for local talent to hone their craft, one strum at a time.’
Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Mar. 2015