I have joined more than several songwriting contests and I had won some and lost some, so to speak. In the course of the contest I got to meet noted songwriters and some even became my friends. When they have a show I get invited although I have not attended their concert even once. Why so? I am not fond of music. I am only fond of writing and it happened that a song is like a poem that I can write. Fortunately I was able to put the melody so I am a certified songwriter.