Would you rather be a performer or a song-writer?

@inkyuboz (1288)
Mandaluyong City, Philippines
March 31, 2009 3:58am CST
If you are to choose between the crowd pleasing performer or the creative song writer, which would you prefer? It's a pretty tough question to answer, as I love both sides of the music equation. For me, I have to settle with writing songs. I think it's a lot more permanent compared to performing... I mean performers die, but the songs "live" even years after it was written. The only sad thing is, the people remember the performers and they forget the ones who actually wrote the song.
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@tabachi (263)
• Philippines
31 Mar 09
i would be better off as a songwriter because i don't have a good singing voice..and i don't like to be in the limelight...i like jobs like those athat are behind tha camera..at the backstage...and also i love to write poetry..i think that i can write goodsongs if given the chance..
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@ulalume (714)
• United States
31 Mar 09
Well, in the case your thinking of; people remember the performance of the song more than just the song itself. It takes a lot to compose music for a song, so while the song lyrics are great and vital to the equation; they are not really what "makes" the song. You could have great lyrics but a crappy composition...no one will like it. Likewise, you can have a great composition and crappy lyrics. To answer your question, I would rather be the performer (though, technically, I would like to do both!). I just imagine it to be very satisfying to be able to get up on a stage and do my thing, whether or not my music "lasts."
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• Australia
31 Mar 09
I was both, and both have their good points. Now I've retired, I find I really can't be bothered writing if I have no audience for my songs, so I suppose I must go with performer. I imagine it would be different if a lot of other people had picked up on my songs (a few did, but not enough) and I became well-known as a songwriter. There would certainly be enough satisfaction from that to give up the performing. But that said, apart from the very prolific and extremely talented songwriters, most people have no recollection of anything but the perforner's name. The writer simply becomes part of the production team. Lash
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@uicbear (1902)
• United States
31 Mar 09
Well, if i possessed that talent I would have to be (and I must emphasize the phrase "have to be") a song writer. I suffer from terrible stage fright. I even find it har to make a speech in front of a large group of friends or family. When I was younger I was ok. Something happened in my teen years and I progressively became more self conscious. So I would have to be a behind the scenes person. I can deal with not being famous.
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@carolbee (16233)
• United States
31 Mar 09
I'd prefer to be a performer. I say this because I love being in a crowd of people and noticed. I like attention and usually get it because my personality is so silly. Am a joke teller and love to mingle with people. Both my parents were in show business as performers. Don't have the talent to write songs but can see how rewarding this profession would be especially if the song was a big hit.
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• Philippines
31 Mar 09
Hey there! I prefer to be a performer. That's what I do best. Although I can write and compose and arrange songs I just love performing and making people happy and inspired. Yes, performers die so do the composers but, the performers live in the minds of the people specially if he is the first performer to do that song and his/her version was the most beautiful and acclaimed one. Yeah, It is sad that people doesn't remember the composers but the one who performed the songs that they wrote. Have a nice day. Happy posting!!
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• India
31 Mar 09
hi, I will choose a creative song writer. as b'coz writing songs is quite pretty feelings. that is ur own creativity which is going to sing by someone else. and i think it is more pride for any song writer. if someone give me choices then I would like to be song writer rather than performer. Thanks a lot for topic, Have a gr8 day ahead.
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@tontunan (255)
• Philippines
31 Mar 09
If I would be a song-writer, I won't be sad if people would not remember me as the one who wrote the song. I made the song. The performer would not exist if I didn't make the song. What I am going to value most is that I had helped the one who sings the song I have made. She/he must not become a performer without the songs I have written.Not in the remembrance of the people who hears the song but in the remembrance of the person who sings the song I would always be there. Fame is not too important to be called a successful one. Even if people do not recognize me as the writer of the song as long as I know they love the meaning of the song, I would be very happy for that.
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@eLsMarie (4146)
• Philippines
1 Apr 09
since i'm good at writing compositions, i would choose being a song-writer. writing something is simple but capturing ones appreciation based from what you're writing is difficult. when you're performing it's only a matter of entertaining people; a matter of showing that you felt the words that you are singing or expressing but when you're born to be a song-writer, you can't just write something realistic or worth it if it doesn't comes deep within your heart... a performer can pretend that he felt the song or the composition but song-writers won't... :)
@eLsMarie (4146)
• Philippines
2 Mar 10
thank you very much... :D
• Australia
2 May 09
i think that both of them are interesting. But, It is not easy. If you have capability and chance, you should try. You can learn more from both.
@thorgrym (677)
• United States
2 Apr 09
I'd have to choose 'performer.' I choose this only because I have no real ability to write songs. From composing the melody to matching the lyrics to the tune and making the whole thing work together - it is just not something that I am good at. Mind you, I would love to have that ability. I would love to be able to compose songs that people could perform. So, taken as a hypothetical situation, I would probably prefer to be able to write the songs. I think that is a talent that is more rare. Taken with respect to my current skill set, I would be the performer.
• Philippines
2 Apr 09
I think I'd rather be the song-writer. I don't think that I could perform in front of a large crowd even if I had the talent to sing. Plus, everyone gets to sing the song that only you had the brilliance to write. I will be proud if a lot of performers will have the spotlight once they sing my song.
@cbakin20 (150)
• United States
2 Apr 09
I have to say, I'm no good at writing songs. I absolutely love performing, though, and that's the way I'd have to go. I agree with your assessment that people forget the composer all the time. The important thing is the most famous performance of the song. You could get the best of both worlds by writing only a few songs, and then performing them.
@fasyahime (634)
• Malaysia
2 Apr 09
actually the song that make performer famous..that also depend how the performer understand the song.when they understand the song,that's how they can perform song emotionally and attract audience..for me, i prefer to be song-writer,if the song famous,i am also famous without the crazy fame..no paparazzi after me like they did to the famous performer..
• China
2 Apr 09
Both ways can make my world perfect.However,to be a performer,I may lose my own space,even I can't protect my privacy.I perfer a peaceful life.So I will choose to be a creative song writer.
• United States
1 Apr 09
I would be a preformer and a songwritter, i mean it's a pretty tough decision to make!
@getnbuy (1314)
• United States
1 Apr 09
I think I would rather stay in the background as a writer. Performers come and go, as you said. I am too shy to relish the limelight, too. I have written a few songs and Iwon one contest. I think that is more rewarding in the long run.
@syankee525 (6294)
• United States
1 Apr 09
ive been on stage once for this thing in nashville, i would and like being a songwriter.
@JenInTN (27549)
• United States
1 Apr 09
I would rather be a song writer. I'm really not much for being on stage. I get butterflies when I have to give a speech so performing might be a problem for me.lol
@CMTS_87 (1342)
• Philippines
1 Apr 09
Performer! Because I want fame and the limelight! haha! Happy MyLotting!