This seminar ran in Melbourne, Brisbane, and Sydney in July-August 2013
"I am a stranger wherever I go. But I see what I see and I know what I know.
The winds of heaven gonna do what they will. They just blew away pretty little Marysville."
It's not just what you say, it's how you say it.
"People 'round here did the best they could. They either got caught running or they died where they stood. By the time they saw it comin' up over these hills, it was too late for getting out of Marysville."
In this seminar, you’ll learn how to make your songs work as little movies and how to allow a lyric to groove and breathe. We’ll be discussing inflection, the melody of the spoken word, rhythm, rhyme, and repetition.
"Brothers and sisters, husbands and wives. The fire took one out of every five.
Their spirits hover all around us still, like smoke above the rubble of Marysville."
During the weekend, you’ll tune into the writing process, evoking all of the senses in order to communicate your emotions, your ideas, your stories in ways that are almost unavoidably heard, felt and understood by your listeners.
"There's only one measure for a woman and man -- When trouble's all around how tall do you stand? What the devil burned down we will all rebuild. Rise up, Rise Up Marysville."
The seminar will give you tools you need to pursue these ideas on your own, to dig deeper, to write bigger, to connect with other human beings in the old and beautiful ways that songs can do.
"I am a stranger wherever I go, but I see what I see and I know what I know."