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IMRO Songwriting Masterclass with Buddy Mondlock
July 23, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
Buddyʼs songs have been recorded by Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith, Garth Brooks, Maura OʼConnell, Joan Baez, Peter, Paul & Mary, Janis Ian, David Wilcox, the list goes on. He has recorded six CDʼs including “Everything Waits To Be Noticed,” a songwriting and recording collaboration with Maia Sharp and Art Garfunkel. His most recent is “The Memory Wall” which was nominated for an Independent Music Award. Buddy Mondlock has given songwriting workshops across the U.S. from the Napa Valley Folk Festival to the Berklee College of Music in Boston as well as in Copenhagen and Belfast. And heʼs been a staff songwriting instructor at the famed Swannanoa Gathering, the Kerrville Folk Festival and the Sisters Folk Festival. How do you talk about creativity? Making something out of nothing. What could be more mysterious? And yet Buddy Mondlock is wonderfully articulate arbitrating songs. The process is clearly fascinating to him and he has paid careful attention to what goes into making a good song. Heʼs able to communicate what he has learned in 30 years of writing songs. In this workshop you will hear about the many elements involved with bringing a song to life and how to communicate feelings and ideas through music and words. Using his own songs as examples he talks about things like layers of meaning, the effective use of imagery and detail, storytelling, technical aspects like structure and rhyme scheme, the importance of editing and knowing when not to edit, the integration of music and words, and even the up sides and down sides of collaboration. His fifteen years as a staff writer in Nashville show up in his insights about publishing and the business of songwriting as well as his tips for songwriters who are interested in getting started down that road. Before the workshop is over a number of workshop participants will get a chance to play a song of their own for Buddy and get some comments from him and the group. There are also likely to be some fun songwriting exercises that everyone will participate in. But in the end what he will tell you is that a great song has to come from the heart. All the cleverness and technique in the world will never be a substitute for true feeling.