Songwriting/poetry class and concert with Nathan Brown
Saturday, August 14th, 2021
Doors open 2 pm - feel free to arrive between 2 and 2:30 pm.
2:30 pm - 5 pm - class
5 - 6:30 pm - takeout pizza dinner at the PoetryPlayhouse with https://placitaspizzaco.com
(pizza is included in price, any extra orders are on your own; okay to bring your own snacks. We will provide assorted beverages including wine)
7 pm outdoor concert - done by about 9 pm.
You will be emailed directions upon registration. Placitas is about 20 miles north of Albuquerque and 40 miles south of Santa Fe.
All participants must be fully vaccinated to attend class. Class is held inside Jules’ Poetry Playhouse with time for breaks on the outdoor patios and backyard space.
Participants may bring a spouse/partner to the outside concert at 7 pm (they also need to be fully vaccinated)
Class minimum: 5
Class max: 8
An intimate class session, followed by an outdoor house concert of poetry, music and storytelling especially for the Jules' Poetry Playhouse audience.
This workshop takes apart the inner workings of song concepts and ballad poetry structures so we can better learn how to put them back together--or together to begin with. We'll also cover the nature and importance of performing our songs or poems, along with the basic principles of being behind the microphone and in front of an audience.
- Topic and lyric generation - with a special focus on post-pandemic and re-entry experiences.
- The four key structures to hang our stories on
- Detail and Description... but just the right amount
- Rethinking titles and first lines
- Finding a song or poem’s main goal and theme, and sticking to it
- How to better perform and share our writing
We will have time in this small group setting to have students optionally "perform" or read their work at the end of class time, or before Nathan's evening concert.
Review Jules Nyquist interviewing Nathan Brown in early 2020 about his master songwriting class (now rescheduled as a half-day retreat):
Lyrics: How songs and poems share some of the same qualities - which Nathan will focus on in this class!