Sunday, April 3, 2011

KIng Street Creative

I spent the weekend at King Street Creative at a songwriting workshop.
King Street Creative is a multi-disciplinary creative space in my home town of New Plymouth [New Zealand] - audio, video, event promotion, workshops and the odd party - founded by Dave Carnahan and Alan Steedman.

Now I don't pretend to be a songwriter but I am fascinated by the creative process and when an invitation came from Missie Moffat - herself and very fine songwriter and performer - it was too good an opportunity to miss.

Over the weekend we explored writing and composing songs, bounced around lyrics and what limits us, looked at song structure, editing and recording - all in the company of a group of talented and passionate people. We were challenged to critique work, exposed to the technical marvels of looping, and participated in wide ranging musical discussion.

Want to write a song - here is one way:

Take a song you like and write a new lyric to it. Now take that lyric and write completely new music to it. Give it a go. You might have a hit on your hands.

Thanks all for a great weekend.

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