[MARN] Songwriting Workshop with John Sieger starts tonight
- Veteran Milwaukee musician John Sieger [Semi-Twang, R&B Cadets] has won
multiple WAMI Awards for Songwriter of the Year and has a rich history as a
professional songwriter. His songs have been recorded by many artists,
including country king Dwight Yoakam, soul queen Etta James, local faves the
BoDeans, new country star Eric Heatherly, and Tex-Mex legend Flaco Jimenez.
John's also a respected collaborator with co-writes on more than two dozen
John's current 6-week long workshop starts TONIGHT. Details:
:: Cascio Interstate Music in New Berlin
:: 13819 West National Avenue, (262) 789-7600
:: Six Wednesdays, starting April 30, from 6 to 8pm
A word [or several hundred] from John about what to expect [taken from
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Songwriting Made Less Lonely
It's been my experience that sitting around in a room pulling your hair out
and destroying your self image [always a fun endeavor in its own right] can
be greatly enhanced by adding to it the lonely struggle to create a good
song. The isolation of a working songwriter can be maddening and frustrating
-- enough to persuade the budding genius to chuck it all and take up
something more rewarding, like laying sod or delivering pizzas. It also
doesn't help much when all the songwriters you admire describe the process
as something resembling a divine revelation, one which, due to their finely
tuned spiritual state, causes God to send down perfectly crafted, finished
masterpieces to their pure, uncluttered minds. This is mumbo-jumbo.
This is where my songwriting workshops come in. Songwriting is a craft (I
know people hate that word, but there it is) and it can be learned. I
suppose when practiced long and hard it results in art, but to get to that
point, you have to do something other than sit down every day and meditate.
In reality, you have to show up every day and work on your rudiments. (And
not hate yourself -- that's important!)
The classes I've been presenting zero in on the real nuts and bolts issues.
The inner workings of harmony and melody, song structure and classic forms.
Add to that listening sessions and discussions of great songwriters. Every
week we have an assignment aimed at loosening up those over-tight creative
muscles. Publishing and the devious nature of the music business will also
be touched upon.
A beneficial side effect of coming to a songwriting workshop is meeting
other struggling writers. It's good to socialize! To work alone is to go
slowly mad and, while a little madness is a useful thing in the discipline
we're pursuing, when the wallpaper starts talking to you, it's probably time
to get out and meet with others. All of this occurs in a low-key,
non-critical atmosphere. We won't be competing with each other, in fact,
collaboration will be stressed. If we can get past a little bit of
self-consciousness and actually sing our songs to each other, I will
consider it a major victory. On the other hand, if you feel getting up in
front of others and exposing your inner-most thoughts will result in
premature death, we won't force the issue.
Take a look at the schedule and see if your inner Dylan might not want to
come out give it a try.
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If you're not ready to commit, but want to be informed about upcoming
workshops, shows, etc., please send an e-mail to: link@...
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