Love the part about songwriting, I once had a band tell me that (after sending a few examples) I didn't read enough books to warrant write properly-inspired lyrics or something so I couldn't be their vocalist. I was so dumbfounded that I didn't even bother writing back about how egregious of them that was. Still a funny story when I look back at it.
That's actually pretty funny. Dud they give you book recommendations, or something?