I heard more than a couple Song School participants refer to Mary Gauthier’s workshops as the Church of St. Mary. She delivered fire with just a touch of brimstone.
Her basic word was simple: you’re not here to cut a record. Nor to get famous. You’re here to give expression to the spirit that flows through the universe and ultimately through you.
That’s why you do it. Because you have to. Because this thing needs voice through your songs. And you need to trust it. And so it doesn’t matter if you spend your life banished to the wilderness so long as you follow the path that is your calling.
So go forth and listen close. And, as with the venerable St. Francis, deliver your song to whomever chances to listen.