ANNOUNCING THE 2015 Wood and Stone Songwriting Workshop Retreat!
Thursday, June 4 - Monday, June 8
WHO? PHIL MADEIRA, BETH WOOD, SCOTT & JEN SMITH
WHERE? Jane's Island State Park, Crisfield, MD
PHIL MADEIRA - Nashville-based musician, artist, songwriter and producer.
Phil has been a behind-the-scenes shaker and mover as a band member
(Emmylou Harris; Her Red Dirt Boys, Buddy Miller, The Phil Keaggy Band)
and session musician/songwriter (Alison Krauss, Mat Kearney, Old Crow
Medicine Show, Buddy Miller, Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, Daniel Amos, Amy
Grant, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Civil Wars, Julie Miller, The Band Perry,
and many more).
BETH WOOD - modern-day troubadour and believer in the power of song.
Her exceptional musicianship, crafty songwriting, and commanding stage
presence have been winning over American audiences for sixteen years. Beth's music is soulful, organic, intelligent, barefoot, high-energy
communication of joy.
JEN & SCOTT SMITH (Naked Blue) - audiences have been enjoying Naked Blue's endearing, intimate and sometimes irreverent stage banter and solid, pop influenced, songwriting for over two decades. Their passion for writing has led to hundreds of co-writes, lots of film and television placements, several album cuts, and six full length album releases of their own.
Sign the guestlist and get the latest news on upcoming workshops!
SOME OF THE TOPICS WE'LL COVER:
SHAKING IDEAS LOOSE - Ever worry you will run out of things to write about? We will explore ways you can access creativity any time, even when you feel you have nothing to bring to the writing table. Beth W
WRITING FROM THE TOP DOWN -Creative ways to come up with titles, and letting the title lead you to a song.
SONGWRITING AND YOUR INTERNAL EDITOR: DOING THE DANCE - Your editor is an important voice in crafting a song. But it can also stifle your playfulness and creativity if you let it. The Editor is important for discernment and making choices, but when should we invite him/her in? Beth W
SONGWRITER AS STORYTELLER, ACTOR and NARRATOR - Opening ourselves to new roles as songwriters- It's not always about "ME". Phil M
PLAYING GUITAR AS A DUO - That second guitar doesn't always need to be riffing and you don't have to be a guitar virtuoso to add depth, style and power to your song. Tips, tricks, chord inversions and other ideas that will bring out the best in a two guitar arrangement. S & J
BREATHING FOR SINGING - Let's celebrate the joy of singing and expressing yourself through your unique voice. We will explore ways to set you up for successful, relaxed singing with warm-up exercises you can do anywhere from back stage to the car. And we will delve into the basics of breathing for singing. Beth W
SING WHAT YOU MEAN, MEAN WHAT YOU SING - So often we get caught up in a great melody, clever phrasing and cool chord changes that we loose track of the simple beauty of what we are trying to say. We'll walk you through the steps we take to chisle and polish your lyrics into gems, and then how to convey what you really mean to your audience.
S & J