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Sleepless night helps local become songwriter

Friday, December 27, 2002

Teresa Worland couldn't get to sleep one night because of sounds of music. The center Point resident checked the radio on her night stand. It was off. She got up and went out to the living room and looked out the front door thinking maybe a neighbor was having a party. The neighborhood was dark and silent.

As her grogginess subsided and Teresa became more alert she realized the music was in her head. But she wasn't simply hearing a song that she'd heard before and couldn't get out of her mind.

She was hearing music and words of a song she'd never heard before, a new song. And it was complete. Teresa, who had always loved country music, was surprised but liked what she was hearing and didn't want to lose it. So she wrote down the words then returned to bed.

In the days to come the music continued. At first Teresa just wrote the words.

"Eventually I had so many I couldn't keep the melodies straight," Teresa said. "So I started recording the music into a hand held tape player. I'm not a singer but I did the best I could to get the melodies down."

Teresa told her best friend, Betty Franks, who lives in California, about her songs. She sent her friend a copy of one. Franks liked it and shared it with her Aunt, Rachel Rogers.

Rogers, a Christian and country music singer, is a friend of Kelly Coffey who has a current hit, "When You Lie Next To Me". Rogers liked the song and was interested in using some of Teresa's material when performing with her band. But she advised Teresa to get all of her work copyrighted before giving it out to anyone.

Teresa has written about 123 songs since that sleepless night three years ago. She started the copyright process and quickly received a letter from Amerecord, a recording company out of Hollywood. At their request, she sent them five songs.

Amerecord has offered Teresa a contract for use of three of the five songs. The chosen songs are "Ramblin' On", "Outlaw Rebel" and "The Star & the Moon".

Teresa has not yet accepted the offer. She wants more time to contemplate all of the obligations and limitations of the contract, and consider other marketing possibilities.

"I don't know how I do it," the lean ,blond songwriter said when asked about her talent. "I think it's a blessing. I totally give credit to God. My goal is to have my songs sung on radio by professional artists. I don't know how I'm doing it," she continued, but I'm going to keep on doing it."

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