Above: A little songwriting background from Jer about "Yet" from Iron & Coal
What is the "I Gotta Song" Songwriting Workshop?
If there is one thing I have learned through all of my years spent writing songs, collaborating on songs, studying songwriting, taking workshops, running workshops, and in one-on-one sessions with young writers, it’s this: Every songwriter must find his or her own way of reinventing the wheel. So, while techniques and styles should be studied, the masters mastered, and tools added to the tool belt, songwriting as a craft can’t really be taught. It’s kinda something you develop over time on your own.
“So, why the workshop?” you might ask. Good question!
The idea behind the I Gotta Song songwriting workshop is simple: by coming together as writers and creators, we build a community to support one another. My job as teacher/facilitator is to add new, creative ideas into the mix that help stir the creative pot. Together we will listen and discuss music that inspires us, work on and share creative writing exercises, collaborate, and then open up the floor to our fellow classmates who wish to share a song or poem or lyric with the class. And to top it off, we will hold a concert at The Duplex, and every writer will be given a chance to perform a song of their choice in front of a live audience!
Not bad, right?
What do I need to participate?
Sharing is a must. No need to read music, or even play an instrument. If you write lyrics, poetry, music, all the above, this is cool. Be willing and open to participate in group discussion, writing activities, and potential collaborative efforts.
What if I have more questions?
Send me a note (header: I Gotta Song) and I'll get back to you pronto.
Price for NYC workshop & performance: $250
($50 deposit/balance due at first session)
Space limited to 12 participants!
Workshop: June 16, 10 am–2 pm & June 17, 9-12 pm
Concert: June 18, 9:30 pm (extra tickets $5 apiece)
Hosted by The Duplex, 61 Christopher St. at 7th Ave.
Reserve your slot TODAY for the NYC workshop(at right)!
Just added! In association with Broadway Dreams, I Gotta Song is having a workshop in Philadelphia
June 6th and 7th at the Kimmel Center, 7-9 p.m.: $100
The class will conclude with a performance by Jeremy and students at 9:15. (Guests invited $10 at the door)