Couched in the context of a songwriting workshop, Dan Navarro will lead you through an exploration of the foundations of creativity, the essence of verbal and musical expression, the dynamic of connected performance, and the deceptive allure of success and its various disguises. Through collaboration exercises, critiques (if you wish), monologue and dialogue, you will run through your creative paces with positivity and support, to ideally take home concepts that will facilitate creativity on whatever level you choose. A workshop covering creativity in general and songwriting in particular, and individual attention is possible. Song critiques upon request. Bring a guitar, a recording or a song to share.
Dan started his career as a songwriter, most often with Eric Lowen, for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated “We Belong”), The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Keb’ Mo’, Dave Edmunds, The Temptations, Dionne Warwick, Dutch superstar Marco Borsato, The Triplets, and Austin outlaw legend Rusty Weir. In 2009, after 22 years and 12 CDs with Lowen & Navarro, Dan released the spirited “Live at McCabe’s,” backed by Austin’s now-disbanded Stonehoney. His next album, “Shed My Skin,” is slated for release this spring.
He has contributed countless hours in Washington on issues of intellectual property, copyright and performer’s rights, on behalf of NSAI, the former AFTRA, NARAS, BMI , SoundExchange and the musicFIRST Coalition, including testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Copyright Royalty Board. Dan also serves on the boards of SAG-AFTRA and The Levitt Pavilions LA, and just stepped down from the FAI board.
Join Dan for a workshop that is sure to impart nuggets of wisdom about songwriting, the importance of creativity in that process (and your life in general), and connected performance. He may also discuss issues of intellectual property and performer's right, if there is interest.