Song Critique Workshop with Shane March 21, 2020

Fantastic workshop y'all! Shane Adams, Berklee Professor, and president of Artist Accelerator, once again gave us excellent critiques.

Song Critiques start on the following times:

  • 00:8:14 - Carter Brooks, "Sweet Things"
  • 00:8:30 - Jeff Hanke, "Promises And Dreams"
  • 00:36:24 - Erik Jambor, "Five Cups of Coffee"
  • 00:52:25 - Bryan Odeen, "Don't Look Down"
  • 01:06:22 - Rigel Thurston, "Pistol in my hand"
  • 01:16:45 - Kel Wahlstrom, "What Do You Need?"
  • 01:26:50 - David Sutherland, "Clouds In A Different Sky"


Songwriting: On Copying

Photo by Marten Bjork on Unsplash

"All that you've loved is all you own..."—Tom Waits, Take It With Me

Some of the members have shown a little bit of self-consciousness around posting work that might resemble some popular song.

This is a delicate topic so I want to be careful about what I say here. There are two directions we can go:

  1. Lawsuits and copyright

  2. Process and creativity

I don't want to get into the law side of it. I am not an attorney so please seek one out if you have legitimate concerns here.

100 Days of Songwriting is one giant creative participatory group process. That is the frame I want to put around this.

One of my first memories as an 8 year old was learning a right hand melody from a step 1-2-3 book on a tiny 24 key Yamaha battery powered keyboard.

I learned the melody. I made a mistake. Without hesitation I thought, "ooh, that sounds kinda cool!" I played the melody with the mistake over and over again. I showed it to my parents. "Look at this cool song I wrote!!"

I fell in love with that little melody. It became mine.

When did we lose the innocent joy of co-creating?

Copying is the natural process of learning and growing. We humans mimic what we like. We mimic each other's words and mannerisms and accents.

You may get in trouble with the law if you start making millions from something that you "co-created" with a famous song, but inside the private membership we encourage innocent experimentation.

WARNING: If you think this is an invitation to copy people in the group without their permission. It is not. The spirit of this group invites people to share unfinished work—a vulnerable act. If another member critiques, makes suggestions, or adds their own idea into the mix without getting permission this can derail the creative process and make it feel like someone just did a coup d'etat on their idea. Do not do that.

Happy writing!

–Rigel Windsong Little Deer Thurston
Songwriter - Community Builder


How to Upload Audio From iPhone Voice Memo App

One of our members just asked an excellent question: how do you upload audio to the membership site directly from your iPhone?

It requires one little step. You have to create a folder on you iPhone, save your audio to that folder, and then upload your audio to the site from there. I created a quick video on how to do it. You probably need the most recent update from apple.

Spring 2020 Kick-off Party

Awesome kick-off party. We started off with an ice-breaker of who our favorite artists are, and then moved into personal rules and focus for this upcoming 100 days of songwriting.

Changes Coming to Our Facebook Group

I wanted to give you a heads up about a change I am making to our Facebook group. For the last couple years the group has been set to “closed/private." Which means that anyone who wanders by must request approval before they can see what's going on on the inside. It also means that group members can't share posts from within the group to the outside world. This is about to change.

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