I've dabbled in songwriting since I wrote my first song at 18. I'm 56 now, and I've only recently started taking it more seriously, i.e. guitar lessons, NSAI membership, reading books, workshops, etc. I grew up about an hour NW of Nashville and lived in Nashville for over 20 years. I'm currently living in Chicago and have found a great group of people that write country music up here. I'm much stronger with lyrics than music, but I'm learning. I found this site on 10/1. Go figure. However, I'm sure there is activity here outside of the 7/4-10/1 timeframe. My favorite quote is, "Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear." George Adair.