A Samurai Songwriter is one who is a servant of The Song.
The Samurai Songwriter understands the vertical and horizontal nature of his or her path. One travels horizontally on a linear path one step at a time. There is no quick and easy way to move from point A to point B. It takes as long as it takes and it is as difficult as it is difficult. However, one can make the path longer and more difficult by ignoring the vertical nature of this path. On any journey are travelers you will meet who have already taken the path in front of you. These Masters can help you. You will also meet travelers who are on a path prepared by your very own footsteps. You can help them.
To be a Samurai Songwriter, one must find a Master. One Master we all have in common as songwriters is The Song. What does it mean to serve The Song? A simple explanation does not exist. But a dissolution of the songwriter’s ego occurs and is followed by a profound deep listening to The Music that flows through the spaces where thoughts of one’s own desire and suffering, reward and sacrifice cease to exist. It is not a destination. It is a path. And at the very same time, it is still a destination. This is the paradox of the Samurai Songwriter.
Being a Samurai Songwriter is not meant to be understood with the mind, it is meant to be felt in the heart.
You either want to give your life over to The Song or you don’t.
Another Master you will learn from has already been shown to you. You have heard this Master’s music before and said to yourself, “I want to do that.” The difference between an average person and a Samurai Songwriter is what happens after that thought. A Samurai Songwriter takes action and manifests dreams into reality. A Samurai Songwriter studies the work of his or her Master until this Master is outgrown and a new one is found.
The Samurai Songwriter knows that the path is never-ending. There is always a skill to be sharpened. This is the Way of the Samurai Songwriter.