Friday, January 8, 2010
The Tahora Diaries - Wayne Gillespie
Wayne Gillespie wins awards for the songs he writes.
You can read all about that on his web site. http://www.waynegillespie.com/.
It had been 23 years since Wayne had been to Tahora.
It was great to have him back.
In between times he also did a psych degree research project on the personality of rock musicians. Seems like they do have them!
I went to his song-writing workshop.
Here are some snippets of wisdom from a very fine singer song writer.
"A major writing block for singer songwriters is happiness."
"Songwriters start asking if it is good way too soon."
"2 traps for songwriters - thinking everything you write is great and accepting that a song is good enough even when something is not working."
"I can't write a song if I'm not moved."
"No-one can write a song if you don't make time for it."
"Separate the creator from the editor."
"Get used to brainstorming and make a dick of yourself!!"
And the best thing - I got to play with him!! Talk about mixing with the rich and famous - well famous anyway!
That's me on the 'crate' [ a busking type drum kit] and Brendan Power [more about him in later blog] on harmonica.