Derek Lee Goodreid

Born to Raise Hell & Sing the Blues.

Better Done Than Perfect: Embracing Growth.

In music, where every note, lyric, and performance is meticulously scrutinised, the pressure to be perfect can be overwhelming. As an original music artist, vocalist, guitarist, and mental health advocate, my journey has been about shifting the focus from perfection to progress. I’d like to share some insights from my experience that might help anyone […]

Embracing Self-Worth as a Songwriter and Musician: Learning to Be Enough for Yourself.

I may have already discussed this in a previous blog, but I needed a gentle reminder for myself and it’s also often overlooked. As songwriters and musicians, we pour our hearts and souls into our craft, constantly seeking to express our unique voices. However, with its relentless comparisons and criticisms, the music industry can make […]

Last Few Weeks, Poor Mental Health & Sickness

I wanted to share a bit about what’s been happening in my world lately as I have taken a bit of a break from my socials. First, I’ve been dealing with a pesky flu that won’t budge as quickly as I would like. It’s been a real challenge, both physically and mentally. You know how […]

Developing A Thick Skin: Navigating Criticism in the Music Industry

This week, I received some high praise from Vox + Guests on Youtube and on another high note, a friend of mine, Delilah Rose, released an amazing, awe-inspiring protest song called Ceasefire. Unfortunately, it received some unkind feedback from Submit Hub people, and Delilah was brave enough to share it on her socials and give […]

How Poetry Techniques Enhance Songwriting Skills

Poetry and songwriting share a symbiotic relationship, relying on language’s power to evoke emotions, tell stories, and capture the essence of human experience. Aspiring songwriters can sometimes overlook the wealth of knowledge and inspiration that can be gained from studying poetry and its various techniques. Songwriting is a journey of exploration where every word and […]

Sparking Creativity: Songwriting Inspiration

Picture this: You’re sitting in your room, guitar in hand, ready to pen the next chart-topping hit. But instead of melodies flowing effortlessly, you find yourself stuck in a lyrical labyrinth, trying to figure out where to begin. Grab your coffee, tune your instruments, and dive headfirst into the delightful chaos of musical creation!” The first […]