BECAUSE YOU ASKED...

 

I've been listening to you, and in response, I've lowered the "Choose Him Again" group bundle price to $4.99. I want to make it as affordable as possible. I hope that's helpful.

And since I'm on the topic of listening to you, here are the 4 most frequently asked questions from my customers, and my answers:

1. Why isn't your music free? (We're used to getting Church music for free) 

Okay, nobody's ever come right out and said exactly those words, but they've asked it indirectly many times. And believe me -- I've asked the question to myself many times. I wish I could give it all away, but I can't, and this is why:

I don't arrange, perform, produce, or transcribe the music. I just write it. So I have to pay other people to do all that. Without their help, you'd never be able to hear the song before you ordered it, and you'd only receive a piece of hand-written notation paper with a melody line and a few inaccurate chord symbols. 

I won't say how much it costs to produce one song, but I will say that I've only ever made all my expenses back on two of my songs. And I bet you can guess which ones they are. :)

If I don't charge -- and charge enough -- for the music, then I can't keep doing this.

2. Do you sell CDs?

I tried that. And it was a colossal waste of money and time. I did everything myself -- including designing the booklet insert and shipping everything. I even had a little 'shipping station' in my garage. Every time I received an order, I'd have to go out there and package, label and tape everything up, then drive to the nearest Post Office and send it. What a pain! (I'm not com-plaining -- just EX-plaining. Well, maybe both.)

Anyway, after a few days of that, I almost dreaded getting orders at all. And another week down the road, I vowed never to do that again. And I haven't.

3. Can I get your music on iTunes?

Yes! (Most of it, anyway.) Search the iTunes store on my name and the name of the song and you'll be able to download directly from there!

4. Why don't you write more music? 

Well...that's a loaded question, and it has two answers:

Answer #1 is I do. I have lots of songs I haven't put out there yet. Some of them I plan to post during the first few months of the year:

SEND ME (about missionary work),

FOREVER IN MY SOUL (about grief and how we can find solace through Jesus Christ), and

CLOSER TO HEAVEN (a Mother's Day song).

I'm also working on a series of children's songs...so keep watching for those.

The 2nd answer to 'why don't I write more music' is that this is just a part-time effort for me. I would like to devote more time to it, but I have a busy life outside the music.

If you've read my blog before, you'll know that I refer to myself as "the accidental songwriter." Because I never planned to write music at all, let alone put it out there so other people can sing it. So I'm just grateful for this little 'miracle' in my life, and trying to keep moving forward, as time allows, writing a few songs here and there. 

Please let me know what you think I should write about next.

And thanks for listening,

Shawna 

 

 

 

 

 

Shawna Edwards

Comments

Shawna Edwards

Why should you ever apologize about the small fee you charge. I know every primary chorister could ask her bishop for the 5.00 it would take to get the bundle. I hope you break even on your arrangements. Writing music is very different than having a melody rolling around in your head. I am so impressed you decided to take it a step further for our benefit. You obviously have a lot of talent. I will continue to pay. Thanks.

Shawna Edwards

I appreciate your ministry. My favorite song (The Miracle) humbles me every time I hear it. I love that your songs’ beautiful tunes and melodies allow your lyrics to speak their wonderful message! I thank you, and pray that God continues to bless your ministry.

Shawna Edwards

Tom, thanks for your very thoughtful and timely comment. While I’ve struggled with this issue, I agree with you — we spend way too much time with the “popular twaddle” of the day…and “apply our financial value on that which our heart values less.”
Thinking about it that way, I’m happy to be part of something that brings meaning to a few people here and there, and if I can keep doing it, I will be very grateful.
Thanks again, and have a blessed new year,
Shawna

Shawna Edwards

While it shows a good heart that you struggle with being compensated for your music, allow me to give you a perspective that I hope will help. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is free for all and it is that way by design. Your music is NOT the gospel. Rather, it is an artistic reflection of your feelings for the gospel and the God given talent for turning those feelings into beautiful music. We all know the power that good music has to uplift us, and in this genre of gospel centric music, to edify us as well. It is not a gift I possess myself so I value that gift and artistry in others to create such music to inspire me. Accidental or not, you have a gift for this, and it IS worth something. Frugality is a deeply entrenched part of the LDS culture. While frugality is a good thing, as it applies to an attitude that “church music” should be free, it is counterproductive. That very frugality can rob us something of great worth. We think nothing of paying for a popular song we like, without really considering that the artist produces numerable songs of questionable moral content that do nothing to uplift us, and even potentially degrades us. Then we complain there is so much questionable music out there while we have insured the future success of those who write questionable music. At the same time, we complain about having to pay for uplifting gospel centric music which, if we did, would insure the viability of those who create that type of music. To those people, I would say, open your eyes and be wise. We all need bread but if we insisted that bread was free, there would eventually be no one left to provide us with bread, because that is simply unsustainable. The same is true with the creation of music that edifies and uplifts. If we honestly looked at our feelings here, we may value such rare, edifying music over the popular twaddle we are inundated with every day, yet we apply our financial value more often on that which our heart values less. If we find something of value in this genre of music and would like to ensure it will continue to be available, our task is simply to “put our money where our mouth is”. To me, it is simply not a question of whether “church music” should be free, it is a question of whether we want to continue to have such music available to us. If we do not support the artists who bring us this music, we have no place to complain when it is unavailable. We cannot allow the pitiless principles of supply and demand to rob us of something of such great worth. You talk of your otherwise busy life. It is my hope that people will wake up and place sufficient tangible value on what you (and similar artists) do, that the most productive and valuable way for you to be busy is to spend the bulk of your time applying your gift to writing more beautiful and uplifting music for us to enjoy. Please, do not be ashamed to receive appropriate value for the value that you provide.

Shawna Edwards

Hi Gina,
I’ve emailed you a response — but for others who might be interested, I should be able to post “The Star Still Shines” in the key ob Bb (1 whole step lower than the original) today or tomorrow.
Hope that helps you,
Shawna

Shawna Edwards

Charles,
Thanks for your comment. Okay – I’m not going to apologize any more. (My husband’s been saying this for a really long time.)
In fact, I’m not even going to talk about this subject any more. Yay! I feel a sense of freedom coming on.
Thanks again — your comment was helpful. And have a very merry Christmas,
Shawna

Shawna Edwards

I am wanting to know if I can get the star still shines in a lower key? I have some vocal issues from some recent Health trauma and I can’t do it as high as it is written right now- but I’d like to use it and next Sunday if possible. Please let me know if it’s possible. Thank you

Shawna Edwards

Hi,
Re: why isn’t the music free.
As I recall, the Bible (Acts18:3) makes note that Paul works to meet living expenses etc. Some argue whether it was tents, document covers/binders, or talit (head cover when reading at the synagogue) – he still worked and got paid.
He also had benefactors that helped cover costs and expenses related to ministry, and likely costs related to his time in Rome and prison.
It’s fair that you make a living from the work you do – writing and music – as a listener, enjoyer (is that even a word?) it is also fair for us to “employ” you for the… refection, peacefulness, and inspiration your words/music provides to us personally and support the expenses – as benefactors – related to your music ministry to us and others.
As Glen noted, there are expense that have to be met… creativeness still has expenses – When tallied up – things cost what they cost.
Let me I encourage you – don’t apologize, instead continue to give thanks and glory to God for the talents and gifts.

Shawna Edwards

I think the kids need a song about being kind to each other-tolerance, acceptance and love. They all feel so isolated and we live in a tough world.I would love if you wrote a song about friendship and kindness. Thanks, Shawna!

Shawna Edwards

Love your music! Thank you for sharing it with the world! Excited to see what you come up with next. :)

Shawna Edwards

Dear Glen,
Your comment brought tears to my eyes. I don’t know when I’ve received a more beautifully written comment, and it was so very timely. I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to write.
I’m so very grateful for every child who sings the song, every chorister who leads them, and every family member who listens. I’m so grateful for the Lord, who has guided me every step of the way. And I’m so grateful to just be a small part of this grand and glorious work. His work! His Kingdom! His miracle!
Blessings to you and your family (from 2-16 and beyond), and may you have a wonderful Christmas,
Shawna

Shawna Edwards

I am so appreciative of your talents, even if you may view them as “accidental”. If you truly do all of this without realizing full financial compensation for the effort, I am even more amazed. I have had a glimpse of what it costs to produce such beautiful works, for that is what they are, and know how expensive it can be. I do not mind in the least paying such a pittance for what this music does for me and my children. When my 2 year old sings the Miracle at the tops of her lungs in the grocery store or sings it reverently with one of her big brothers, I thank my Father in Heaven for you. You have touched their lives through your “accidental” talent by teaching them about their Savior. And that lesson is imprinted in their minds and hearts in such a beautiful and simple way, even for my struggling 16 year-old daughter.

When I first heard the Miracle, it was sung by the Primary at Easter. I wish there was a way to capture the expressions on the faces of those children while they were singing. They sang that song with their whole souls. They knew to whom they were singing and why. They were expressing knowledge and testimony gained before and since coming to earth in that beautiful song. When I looked around the congregation afterward, everyone there saw what I saw and felt what I felt and knew what they knew; that Jesus Christ is “the Miracle that rescues you and me”.

Now, how do you put a price on that?

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