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This five-week workshop is designed for musicians, non-musicians, and aspiring songwriters of all levels. We’ll each be writing a song about home. We will do so through a deep exploration of our relationships to place and to sound. I will lead you in weekly exercises which allow us to play at making music and writing lyrics about and through our surroundings. We will explore examples of home songs from other songwriters and traditions. At the end of the workshop, we will share our songs with one another. Join us as we silence the inner critic, push our musical comfort zones, and create songs to reflect the places we’re from. Whether we live at home now or long for a home lost, we will create songs to venerate these places.
Participants may use an instrument if they like, or just their voices. A comfortable place to listen, close the eyes and experiment sonically is required. Individuals and families are welcome.
Session 1 (26th Sep) - Who are we? Where is our musical home?
Participants shall come prepared with a song from their ancestral past, as they understand it. We share these songs from recordings or perhaps by singing them if you are comfortable. We’ll reflect on these songs and get to know one another. What does it feel like to be connected or disconnected from the place which birthed this song?
Homework: next week, bring a song from the place where you live now. A contemporary song, a song created by someone you live near, recently. Preferably a living person or band.
Session 2 (3rd Oct) - Sound hunting in the home place.
We listen to the new set of songs. Participants express what part of their homeland this song evokes. We’ll discuss: How do songs evoke place? Can place evoke songs?
Home mimicking exercise
Homework: Find a sound in your house by interacting with your surroundings. Are they actually musical? Examples: ice cubes popping from a tray, the doorbell, creaking floors, wind through windows, the water running in the sink. Are there places in your house that seem more musical than others?
Session 3 (10th Oct) - How does a story become a song?
In this session, we will focus on writing lyrics to reflect and venerate our surroundings. Share with the group the sound(s) you found in your home.
Spatial Lyric Making Exercise
Guided Place Meditation
Participants share a story about their home evoked during the meditation.
Homework: decide on a story you’d like to tell with your song. Do research if you are inclined. Practice making sounds about it.
Session 4 (17th Oct)- Songwriting Session and a Special Guest
This session is reserved time for writing your song. We’ll hear from a special guest songwriter.
Session 5 (24th Oct) - Sharing our Songs
In this session participants share their songs. Once with the mics muted, to their surroundings. Once to the group, sharing with each other. Once after the session ends, or during it, should there be time, to a friend or loved one.
* Deepened connection to place
* Increased lyrical ability
* Increased listening ability
* An activated imagination
* A song you get to share for generations
* The confidence and tools to write more
Type of format: Workshop
Duration of each session: 90 minutes
Technical platform for the course: Zoom Pro
Early Bird Ticket - End date August 30th, 2021 at 12 noon
Concessionary Ticket - is only for job seekers, students and seniors with a low household income.
Bursary Ticket - is only for people living in countries classed by the World Bank as ‘low income' and 'lower-middle income’. Please click here for a list of countries qualifying for Bursary Tickets. We won't question if you self-declare as low income...
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Photos by Melanie Curran